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staticprop

Member
Oct 14, 2019
26
7
Virginia (Loudoun)
Hello all,

I'm thinking about the purchasing of a Model 3 Performance model. Anyone in Loudoun county with the same car that would like to discuss some of the financial details and other aspects of ownership of this vehicle? I will buy the coffee.

Thx,

S
 

Nocturnal

Supporting Member
Supporting Member
Aug 23, 2018
6,772
37,445
Deepening Crisis!
You won't regret it. 25k miles and 1 year on mine. Still love it. Saving 2k a year in gas/maintenance, a blast to drive and kills it at the track.
 

staticprop

Member
Oct 14, 2019
26
7
Virginia (Loudoun)
Hello all,

Finally have a chance to respond. So, some things I am concerned about.
1. Has anyone negotiated (aka: appealing the assessment) a lower vehicle property tax rate in Loudoun to account for the immediate depreciation of the vehicle?
2. I read something about an additional tax from the county? Something in place of gas tax. Aware of it?
3. Has anyone received a finance rate of below %2.0?
4. Cost of a home charing station installation? I read it was approximately 1,000.00
5. Maintenance costs: Aside from what I have read what real life experience of owners would be helpful.
6. I'm a long term car driver. I currently drive a truck that has 286,000 miles on it (built in 2002) that I have owned since mile 3. Haven't had a car payment in a long long time. We don't have accurate numbers yet in the community but my plan is to have the car for a while (10 years). I know there are some 100,000 mile cars out there so that's a positive.
7. My commute is 9 miles. Is it worth it.
8. How's the winter driving experience with snowy roads. Anyone have any under carriage issues with the low car footprint. Do I need to keep my truck for the winter months?

Honestly, in the back of my mind I know I will not be saving any money here in the short term (probably years). I would like something new, sporty and quick. My main concern is the reliability. Will I be happy with the car for the next ten years? Is it worth the spend. The internal debate.

Thanks for the time on this...
 

derotam

Member
Oct 31, 2018
865
811
Oak Hill, VA
Hello all,

Finally have a chance to respond. So, some things I am concerned about.
1. Has anyone negotiated (aka: appealing the assessment) a lower vehicle property tax rate in Loudoun to account for the immediate depreciation of the vehicle?
2. I read something about an additional tax from the county? Something in place of gas tax. Aware of it?
3. Has anyone received a finance rate of below %2.0?
4. Cost of a home charing station installation? I read it was approximately 1,000.00
5. Maintenance costs: Aside from what I have read what real life experience of owners would be helpful.
6. I'm a long term car driver. I currently drive a truck that has 286,000 miles on it (built in 2002) that I have owned since mile 3. Haven't had a car payment in a long long time. We don't have accurate numbers yet in the community but my plan is to have the car for a while (10 years). I know there are some 100,000 mile cars out there so that's a positive.
7. My commute is 9 miles. Is it worth it.
8. How's the winter driving experience with snowy roads. Anyone have any under carriage issues with the low car footprint. Do I need to keep my truck for the winter months?

Honestly, in the back of my mind I know I will not be saving any money here in the short term (probably years). I would like something new, sporty and quick. My main concern is the reliability. Will I be happy with the car for the next ten years? Is it worth the spend. The internal debate.

Thanks for the time on this...

Yeah, all cars immediatly depreciate as soon as they are taken off the lot so good luck negotiating that.

Cost of power upgrades is highly variable...get multiple quotes.
 

coleAK

Member
Oct 23, 2018
895
660
Alaska
Hello all,

Finally have a chance to respond. So, some things I am concerned about.
1. Has anyone negotiated (aka: appealing the assessment) a lower vehicle property tax rate in Loudoun to account for the immediate depreciation of the vehicle?
2. I read something about an additional tax from the county? Something in place of gas tax. Aware of it?
3. Has anyone received a finance rate of below %2.0?
4. Cost of a home charing station installation? I read it was approximately 1,000.00
5. Maintenance costs: Aside from what I have read what real life experience of owners would be helpful.
6. I'm a long term car driver. I currently drive a truck that has 286,000 miles on it (built in 2002) that I have owned since mile 3. Haven't had a car payment in a long long time. We don't have accurate numbers yet in the community but my plan is to have the car for a while (10 years). I know there are some 100,000 mile cars out there so that's a positive.
7. My commute is 9 miles. Is it worth it.
8. How's the winter driving experience with snowy roads. Anyone have any under carriage issues with the low car footprint. Do I need to keep my truck for the winter months?

Honestly, in the back of my mind I know I will not be saving any money here in the short term (probably years). I would like something new, sporty and quick. My main concern is the reliability. Will I be happy with the car for the next ten years? Is it worth the spend. The internal debate.

Thanks for the time on this...
I’m in Alaska so have no idea about the VA questions but
#3 - probably no way. We got 2.5% a year ago through Navy federal
#4 - depends on how close to your electrical panel. I paid $500 for the wall connector and then another $150 for materials, wired/installed it all myslef then had an electrician “tie it in”. Mine is directly next to my panel and it cost me ~$750.
#5 - had it for 1 year and I’m at no PM. I mounted my winter tires myself at the auto hobby and swap out my self. But really all there is: tire totation, brake fluid exchange, tires, brake pads,.. so not much.
#6 - we also drive cars for a long time. Before the 3 my wife drove a 2003 MB e for almost 16 years, we plan on keeping the Tesla similarly.
#7 - yes
#8 - if you get the performance you will have to get another set of tires since the performance comes with summer only tires that shouldn’t be used at <50F. The LR AWD comes with all seasons. I run studded tires in Alaska but I would guess they aren’t common your way. And it does great all winter in Alaska so should be fine should be fine down where you are in the tropics :)

So in short buy one. It’s the future and don’t look back.
 

staticprop

Member
Oct 14, 2019
26
7
Virginia (Loudoun)
I’m in Alaska so have no idea about the VA questions but
#3 - probably no way. We got 2.5% a year ago through Navy federal
#4 - depends on how close to your electrical panel. I paid $500 for the wall connector and then another $150 for materials, wired/installed it all myslef then had an electrician “tie it in”. Mine is directly next to my panel and it cost me ~$750.
#5 - had it for 1 year and I’m at no PM. I mounted my winter tires myself at the auto hobby and swap out my self. But really all there is: tire totation, brake fluid exchange, tires, brake pads,.. so not much.
#6 - we also drive cars for a long time. Before the 3 my wife drove a 2003 MB e for almost 16 years, we plan on keeping the Tesla similarly.
#7 - yes
#8 - if you get the performance you will have to get another set of tires since the performance comes with summer only tires that shouldn’t be used at <50F. The LR AWD comes with all seasons. I run studded tires in Alaska but I would guess they aren’t common your way. And it does great all winter in Alaska so should be fine should be fine down where you are in the tropics :)

So in short buy one. It’s the future and don’t look back.

Thanks for these comments @coleAK.
 

FielderJones

Member
May 17, 2019
160
104
Chicagoland
IMPORTANT: Do NOT drive it unless you are prepared to buy it.

Indeed. My sister is in the market for a new car, so I suggested she test drive a Model 3 as part of her due diligence. Out of the blue a couple days later I get a text —

Arrgh ... I don't think it's possible to test drive a Tesla and then want to drive anything else
 
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coleAK

Member
Oct 23, 2018
895
660
Alaska
Indeed. My sister is in the market for a new car, so I suggested she test drive a Model 3 as part of her due diligence. Out of the blue a couple days later I get a text —

Arrgh ... I don't think it's possible to test drive a Tesla and then want to drive anything else
Exactly what my brother did with a model X. His wife hated the way the look (al la mini van). But after driving one they now have a X p100D
 
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staticprop

Member
Oct 14, 2019
26
7
Virginia (Loudoun)
Well I test drove the Model 3 today. I had 20 minutes of me time with it. It was a nice ride. I was concerned about the room in the back seat so I took the wife and kid back to the dealer a few hours later so they could sit. Seriously thinking about the LR model now. :)
 

VT_EE

Active Member
Apr 22, 2017
2,077
2,777
Maryland
Well I test drove the Model 3 today. I had 20 minutes of me time with it. It was a nice ride. I was concerned about the room in the back seat so I took the wife and kid back to the dealer a few hours later so they could sit. Seriously thinking about the LR model now. :)
I've driven my family of 4 (with wife and 2 teenagers) on 5 hours drives with no problem. I'm 6'2" so the driver's seat is pretty far back. No issues.
 

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