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SPINOFF: Did you test drive a Tesla before buying yours?

HX_Guy

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Sep 1, 2012
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Phoenix, AZ
Was reading the thread about how Tesla may fail as a company by going online sales only and got to thinking about my personal situation.

I did go to the Tesla store and I did set up a test drive, but thinking back that was more for just the experience and not having the patience to to wait until I could drive my own car. I had already done the research and was already very excited to be buying a Tesla that doing the test drive really had no impact on my decision to buy one.

Makes me wonder if a test drive has ever turned someone AWAY from wanting a Tesla - as in, they wanted one but after test driving one they changed their mind and didn't move forward.
 

FoxSTL2HOU

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Nov 12, 2018
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HOU
Yes - for the S, to verify back seat fit of car seats (bucket and booster); for the X, to check out third row spacing.
 

SSonnentag

Rocket Scientist
Apr 11, 2017
1,712
2,167
Arizona
No for my S, yes for my wife's X. We likely would not have purchased the X without a test drive to see if the seat and controls were within reach for my wife.
 

SaveOurPlanet

Member
Jan 6, 2018
187
109
San Francisco
I’ve owned a few Mercedes and never test drove any as my mind was already made up. Same for the Model S even though I was offered a test drive, all I wanted was to see in person the interior white, went for the black after one look.
 

NoirMS

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Oct 21, 2018
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Orlando
having never driven an EV... I test drove the S & 3... didn't have any impact on my wanting a Tesla (for like 5 years)... I ended up buying a CPO online...no regrets.
 

GeoX750

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Nov 16, 2018
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Chicago
I had already driven friends cars before, but I did test drive before buying my car.

I have a buddy who took an S for the weekend, yet decided not to buy it. He has no home charging and felt the efficiency was not good in the winter.
 

BluestarE3

Active Member
Apr 2, 2016
4,083
5,153
Norcal
Yes, but I had already decided to buy my Model 3, even if a test drive had not been offered. The test drive was just icing on the cake.
 

jerry33

(S85-3/2/13 traded in) X LR: F2611##-3/27/20
Mar 8, 2012
19,577
22,012
Texas
I did test drive, but that was only because there was a dog and pony show in the area.
 

Tic-tac-toe

Member
Nov 12, 2018
188
180
Washington, DC
Yes... test drove and bought the car I test drove. Love at first drive! Nothing else I test drove compared to my S P100D! I test drove the X P100D too:). Wow! Only reason I chose the S over the X was size... and the S accelerated faster. Amazing cars:)
 

ArbitrageMan

Supporting Member
Jun 5, 2018
119
66
Northern Virginia
No. I ordered without test driving. The night I placed the order I got a call from the local service center who invited me to come and test drive a few days later. It reinforced my decision.
 

dblankenbaker

Member
Feb 4, 2019
101
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Scottsdale, AZ
I went to the Tesla Store and test drove a Model S (because that's what I wanted) and a Model 3 (because the sales staff thought I might like it better). An hour behind the wheel of each car confirmed the Model S was the right car for me.
 

brucet999

Active Member
Mar 12, 2015
2,674
1,484
Huntington Beach, CA
I am buying a $650 sliding compound miter saw from a brick-and-mortar store because I can get my hands on a demo machine to be sure that I like the feel of the slides and the controls.

No way would I buy a car for many tens of thousands of dollars without first test driving to be sure of how it handles, the look and feel of its build quality, and the comfort of the seats.
 
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