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What do you tell people when taking them for a demo drive?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by cstork, Jul 4, 2020.

  1. cstork

    cstork Supporting Member

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    When you are showing your Tesla to new people and taking them for a test drive, what do you tell them?

    The main points I make are:
    1) The drive train is revolutionary: efficient and powerful. The battery only holds the equivalent of 2.5 gallons, yet gets 310 miles and better acceleration than a porsche.
    2) The interface is a modern update from other cars. It's like an iPad, but with wheels.
    3) The self driving is a game changer. It's nearly perfect on the interstate and even 2 lane highways.
    4) The superchargers are also revolutionary. The care is fun and easy to take on long trips.

    What do you tell tesla virgins?
     
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  2. DOCAL

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    I tell them to put their seatbelt on, then mash the fun pedal and let the car speak for itself.
     
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  3. SlimJim

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    I ... ... I don't let.. .. . .. . . . ..
     
  4. Dolemite

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    Same here - no warnings. Being "the guy with the Tesla" says it all... really no additional convincing needed. When's the last you heard someone referred to as "the guy with the Toyota?" The battle's already won.
     
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  5. Tam

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    I agree with the above posts: The instant acceleration that's so quietly and effortlessly would convince many people.

    For those on the fence, let them ask the questions and most likely they'll just need some basic reassurance such as how they can drive from coast to coast without gasoline...

    Some people would love Tesla and some would feel threatened by it and hate it.
     
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  6. JulienW

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    PUT a MASK on and sanitize your hands.:eek:

    It's a new world.
     
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  7. ICUDoc

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    Put your head back against the headrest.
     
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  8. 1.21GW

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    Hold my beer and watch this...
     
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  9. 1.21GW

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    Here is my typical list
    1. It gets 300 miles of range (and you can drive across the country if you want to)
    2. Costs me $20-30/month in electricity
    3. Its like an iPad on wheels - if you can use an iPad, you can learn this easily
    4. Its very smooth - Notice the lack of gear shifting (when people drive, they notice this more)
    5. Its very fast (some people care, some don’t)

    I normally leave out the autopilot stuff unless they are continuing to show interest, then that’s my next topic of discussion. I always try to refrain from overloading them with information. It varies significantly from person to person.

    Also, with Coronavirus, I have not had anyone besides my wife in my car since February. So, no opportunities to “expose” new people to Tesla. It is highly contagious and dangerous to the pocketbook.
     
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  10. Lasttoy

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    I let them drive it. That's more fun. Thay gasped at the first time u tell them to mash it. I couldn't get a buddy out it. We were in fort worth he drove till we had to go get juice. One lady came back, got out of the car, turned to her husband, "I want one in the driveway tomorrow "".. she got it a week later.
    Better yet, I'm in the local car club. We have drive in once a month at shopping mall. I took entire Frunk out. That was show stopper. I then showed hidden under trunk. "Where is motor?". 3 hours of explaining.
     
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  11. Yanquetino

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    Well… I don't have a script of what I tell passengers. I just let them ask questions and try to answer them as best I can. The most typical questions are always:

    * How far does it go? (300+ miles on full charge.)
    * What's the MPG? (Doesn't have gallons: ~4.2 miles-per-kWh = 140 "equivalent" MPG.)
    * How long will the battery last? (After 35K miles and 2+ years, still has ~98.8% capacity.)
    * Has your electric bill gone way up? (Nope. Charging from the grid is ~1/5th the cost of gasoline. I pay zero, zip, zilch with solar.)
    * Does it have a good sound system? (Tell the car to play a song of your choice.)
    * Is it fast? (Hold my beer.)
     
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  12. Carolina Karl

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    In addition to many of the above, I usually add comments about "one pedal driving" and how I touch the brake about once or twice a week when a squirrel runs out in front of it. "Braking before a curve and accelerating into it" takes on a whole new experience with this car which I'm quick to point out.

    I also comment about the "secret button" to get out of the car after I inadvertently left a friend behind trying to figure it out.

    And then there's the obligatory reference to the engineless "Flintstones' car" followed by one to the Delorean with the "flux capacitor" from "Back to the Future."

    Finally, as some have pointed out, simply letting them drive it speaks volumes.
     
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  13. chdavis

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    I just let them drive it
     
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  14. Jekadad

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    Sit down.
    Shut up.
    Hang on.
    Then as pilots say, kick the tires and light the fires!
     
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  15. Matsayz

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    This and then say you can get one for $35K. Most people I end up talking with about Tesla’s still have a mindset that they cost $80K+... which yes, the S and X do but not the 3 or Y. I expect some SuperCharger miles soon because of us showing off my wife’s Model Y
     
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  16. aychdub

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    Wait you let someone else drive it?
     
  17. Matsayz

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    Yes. It’s just a car and it’s $500 if something happens.
     
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  18. 1.21GW

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    Tesla isn’t even trying to ramp up demand yet. They can’t keep up.

    Once they can open more galleries and increase the number of test drives, I think demand will go up significantly.
     
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    Step 0: How to open the door - both from the outside and inside...
     
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    “Do you mind if i roll down the windows”... i don’t get it, i thought all cars have windows that roll down
     

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