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what should I buy before model 3 comes out.

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by starlord111, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. starlord111

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    Hi,

    can you guys help me. I am moving to Canada in a month from the UK. I reserved model 3 in Canada, ( first day :))
    Need a car in the meantime to drive, Do not know what to buy or lease. What would you do. I do not want to spend more than $10,000 on a vehicle ( can pay cash) but also hate the idea of buying another ICE vehicle. Not sure how I feel about plug in hybrids as it feels a bit like cheating.

    As we do not know when model 3 is going to come out, Tesla is known for being late. I do not mind waiting.

    I currently drive a 2002 Mercedes C-180 kompressor. Its a good car but get a horrible gas milage in the city driving.
    What would you buy while you were waiting for model 3. any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. Tiberius

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    2010ish civic. Cheap to buy, cheap to own, and will surely last you the 3 years.
     
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  3. S'toon

    S'toon Knows where his towel is

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    #3 S'toon, Jul 24, 2016
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    Honda Civic is most popular car in Canada.

    Start in a month, in London ON? Western U?

    If you don't mind leasing someone put up a spread sheet with lease rates in ON here:
    Monthly lease payments for all car manufactures - RedFlagDeals.com

    Next month also there's a dealer in TO that has had a annual sale lease on Smart ED for $99/month the past couple of years in August. If you keep an eye out, and they do it again this year you may be able to get a better lease rate from your local dealer.
    2015/16 Smart EV coupe $99/month for 36 months + Dealer Fees is back - RedFlagDeals.com
     
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  4. modamoda

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    Haha, that's exactly what I did! what a surprise :)
     
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  5. EV-lutioin

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    I am in the same situation because we have to give our TDI Sportwagon back to VW so they can crush it. So, we are out of a second car for a year or two until the Model 3 is available. We were thinking of leasing a Volt to hold us over.... seems like it gets good reviews and we would use it as our city car so it would mostly be EV, but egad, it's a Chevy! :confused:
     
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  7. Volare3

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    Although you don't have to give it back right away, unless you want to. (In the same boat)
     
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  8. S'toon

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    To be fair, everyone says it's a Chevy that's built well.

    Given that there's no superchargers within the range of any Tesla on the market currently to where I live, I'd get a Volt if I were to buy a new car today. It's on my list of cars to consider if there's no superchargers built in this province by the time the 3 comes out.
     
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    I guess your right, we don't have to give it back just yet, but at this point it is like holding on to a girlfriend/boyfriend you know you are going to break up with.... may as well get it over with sooner than later. ;)
     
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  10. Volare3

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    Except that the car won't depreciate. Your value is locked in. You get to use it for free. As long as you don't total it or render the engine inoperative.
     
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  11. Booga

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    I second this. I have one and it's good for being cheap to insure, easy to park, etc.

    If you get one, keep the mileage in mind, because as you get to 105,000 miles, you'll need to do a timing belt replacement among other items on Page 134: https://techinfo.honda.com/rjanisis/pubs/om/SI9999/SI9999O00132A.pdf

    (Mine has 80k and I'm hoping to put it towards my Model 3 at closer to 100k miles, but at least before I would need to do the timing belt)
     
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  12. Jason Bourne

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    For all the same reasons to buy a Civic, you can also get a Toyota Corolla.
     
  13. Boourns

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    Not sure your commuting needs but LEAFs are dirt cheap, at least here in the U.S.
     
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  14. MissAutobahn

    MissAutobahn Elon, please ramp up Fremont in ludicrous mode!

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    If I were @starlord111 , I would buy TSLA shares.
    ...and lease a Nissan Versa.

    After the Versa, you will feel like driving in heaven with your M3 :)
     
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    It might be worth looking in to a Gen II Prius -- they get great mileage and they barely depreciate.
     
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    This is what I did. Have a short commute and it works great for me.
     
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    This is also what I'm thinking of doing in a few months.
     
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  18. EV-lutioin

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    Isn't a Leaf about the same price as a Volt? With a Volt you get similar range plus the option of long distance travel.... albiet with a darn oil burning ICE.
     
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    Leafs are over $30K in Canada, Volts over $40K in Canada.
     
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    In U.S.: Leaf - $29K, Volt - $33K (base MSRP)
     

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