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


Active Member
Jan 9, 2019
Yes I did but I didnt need to. I would have bought it either way. I've purchased cars before without test drives and was not disappointed one bit.


Jul 2, 2018
Clayton, NC
Received my 100D Oct 2018. I had originally test drove 75D about 4 years ago I think. Couldn’t remember much about the test drive, nothing negative is all I could remember. Mind was already made up.


Mar 8, 2015
Eagle, ID
Coming Soon, Tesla Test Drive comes to you, download the app, pick a date-time available set location and the car will come to you. Contract drivers, perhaps with their own Teslas. Removes the overhead for Tesla, convenient test drives for potential customers. TeslaDrive launches Q3 2019


Feb 1, 2019
Martinez, CA
Kinda, I was hoping to replace my wife's diesel Benz with a Chevy bolt. We test drove the bolt at CarMax and she didn't like it that much, chintzy interior, seats were not great.
On the way home we stopped at a large Tesla dealer (they won't be part of the close down) and she test drove a P100D. She was sold.

I didn't drive it as the car was more for her and a family car.

Within a few weeks we bought a 2014 S85 for about the same price as a used Bolt, although the S has a lot of miles on the clock.

It's an interesting point that other car manufacturers aren't just competing against Tesla in the new car market, there are probably many others like me who are buying used and would rather have an older higher mileage Tesla than a lower mileage newer GM/Ford/Audi/etc/etc


Active Member
Mar 8, 2015
Looks like Tesla is closing "some" stores and converting "some" to galleries and information centers only and to show the interested customers how to purchase the car online and arrange for test drives. That's how it was when I bought my car.

Dublin 'Eer

Sep 21, 2016
Dublin, OH
I was on the Model 3 reservation list and had no intention of buying an S until taking a test drive. After driving the S, I bought one a few months later (fall of 2016) and cancelled my Model 3 reservation. I would not have bought an S without the test drive.


Moderator, Model S/X, California Forums
Mar 17, 2015
Lafayette, CA, USA
I did a test drive in March 2015, ordered that same day. I was already fairly set on buying the car, and had ridden in a friend's Model S previously. But it was a good confirmation, and also somewhat necessary for my wife to go along with the idea (she's very much in the "if I can't test drive it, I won't buy it" camp, which I totally appreciate).

Personally I think there will be plenty of opportunities for people to do test drives, they'll just be different from what we're accustomed to seeing at the Tesla Stores.


EDIT: Fixed a gramm-o above. I always do my best editing after I click "Reply".
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Sep 4, 2016
Bay Area, CA
I was not able to test drive the Model 3 before I ordered one. It didn't disappoint from the driving perspective, but there were three things I did not like about it:

- No hatchback - the trunk situation just didn't work for me
- No display in front of me - As long as I'm driving, I want a head-up or small display in front of me with the most vital information
- No manual unlock mechanism for the rear doors, in case of an accident with power failure. THERE IS NO ESCAPE from the rear, if the car is submerged or without power for other reasons!

I had test driven three Model S. However, I did not realize that all of them had air suspension, so I just assumed that's how the Model S rides. When I bought my pre-loved Model S, I knew that it didn't have the air suspension, but didn't realize on the short test drive how annoying the standard suspension would be. In fact, the car is so stiff that when I drive it alone, it hops and bops over every litle bump, until I reacy a rare 85 mph. If I ever buy another S, it will have to have air suspension.


Well-Known Member
Sep 30, 2015
Seattle area, WA
I test drove Model S while waiting for Model X. I never intended to buy a Model S, but loved the experience and ended up buying 4 of them since. When Model X came out, test drove it and decided it won't work for me or my wife (there was no configuration with rear seats folding flat when it first came out, plus the falcon doors were super slow and buggy). So, using today's model, I would have never test driven the Model S, since I never intended to buy it (why buy a car just to test drive it if you know you don't intend to own it) and when Model X came out I would have bought one and returned it.


Nov 18, 2016
Zephyrhills, Fl
Yes for the S. No for the 3. While considering the S, I had never seen a Tesla up close so a test drive seemed necessary since the car was so different. After that, a test drive of any future Teslas seemed unnecessary.


Oct 28, 2013
Coming Soon, Tesla Test Drive comes to you, download the app, pick a date-time available set location and the car will come to you. Contract drivers, perhaps with their own Teslas. Removes the overhead for Tesla, convenient test drives for potential customers. TeslaDrive launches Q3 2019
Funny I told my son who is a store manager (for now) that I will be a contract test drive option for Tesla in the near future.


Jun 16, 2018
Bern, CH
I got the standard 40 min accompanied test drive and then 14 days later a weekend loaner solo for a good old race up the German Autobahn before deciding to buy.

The showrooms though will presumably still offer test drives, I imagine, otherwise it could take a while for purely online sales to get up to speed.


Well-Known Member
Dec 12, 2018
Maple Falls, WA
We bought our Model 3 LR without a test drive. Driving it home from the delivery center blew my mind - I had no idea it was going to drive as nicely as it did. Sure, the online reviews were positive about it's driving dynamics but it was so much better than I imagined.

We bought our second Tesla, a P3D-, based on how the LR 3 drove. I was blown away all over again with the stupendous acceleration. Nothing can really prepare you for that.

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.

That would definitely be a fringe case!

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