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UK - they make it hard to even see a Model 3.

RealEvil_UK

Member
Apr 26, 2019
102
29
UK
Hi,

I live near London. Today I wanted to sit in (not test drive) a model 3.

West Drayton (Heathrow) no longer opens at weekends. Chiswick (the big one on the roundabout) was closed. On a Saturday. Just a printed note on the door with no mention of if this is permenant.

I ended up going to Westfield shopping centre. They have 2 model 3s but will only open 1 of them (no clue why). I could only spend 5 mins in the car due to the queue of people. And the sales people knew essentially nothing about the car - anyone who visited this forum for 15 mins would know more.

It was, quite honestly, pathetic.

Whatever Tesla do well - and I am sure thats many things, the ability to actually see and test the cars isn't one of them.
 

ewoodrick

Well-Known Member
Apr 13, 2018
5,285
4,269
Buford, GA
There were over 500,000 ordered one without even knowing exactly what it was, let alone sit in one.
First time I sat in one, I had already bought it
 
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RealEvil_UK

Member
Apr 26, 2019
102
29
UK
There were over 500,000 ordered one without even knowing exactly what it was, let alone sit in one.
First time I sat in one, I had already bought it

With respect, I wouldn't do that on a £40k - £50k car. I appreciate that others might but that just seems ridiculous to me.
 

VT_EE

Active Member
Apr 22, 2017
2,074
2,767
Maryland
This will change in the near future once U.K. supply/demand stabilizes. There are no issues getting test drives here in the States.
 

aasandsas

Member
Nov 1, 2018
306
109
10010
Take a trip across the pond. Plenty here but left hand drive though.

Just kidding. I am sure it will change in few months. Tesla is producing a lot for EU/UK region where US is on standby until Dec kicks in and federal rebates are fine.
 

Uncle Paul

Well-Known Member
Nov 1, 2013
6,299
7,596
Canyon Lake,CA
Huge demand for these cars.

Perhaps 5 minutes of sitting inside would have answered most of your question.

How long did you want to be able to sit inside?

In the States, some people would go to Superchargers to see the different color options, before they got into the showrooms.

Showrooms here usually packed as well when a new model Tesla appears.

Tons of people order these vehicles, off the internet, before they are even produced.
 

TW14 9LF

2nd EV
Oct 28, 2018
289
285
SoCal
Use Google to find a EV or Tesla gathering in your neighborhood, then go over and meet real owners. If they are anything like US owners, most will be happy to let you sit in their car, perhaps even get a test ride. Better yet, connect with the UK members on this and other forums and meet up for a pint or three at your local pub.

Keith
 

ord3r

Member
Jun 27, 2018
240
463
California
I paid 100$ to rent from turo for a day back in the states in 2017 to check out the car. Crazy times back in those days! Sounds like things are still a bit nutty in the UK, no harm in waiting out the initial demand if you aren’t in a rush. Car is great though I’d have no qualms in recommending you pull the trigger.

Bigger question is LR or SR?
 

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