My car is about hit 15 years of age. The cost of maintenance is at the tipping point. Eventually, it becomes cheaper to buy a new car than to maintain an old one. There’s also additional stress involved. An older car tends to be of questionable reliability. Will it start? Will it get me home? I’ve been looking for a new electric car, but I had given up on Tesla. Today, they surprised me. The long wait is over. The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 is finally here.
I was really excited about the Model 3 from Tesla. Unfortunately, the math started to creep into the plan. This was supposed to be the $35,000 electric car for the masses. The reality showed this wasn’t the car for me. Once I saw that silver paint was an additional $1000 cost, I cancelled the pre-order. It felt like being nickeled-and-dimed. Higher expense, along with long production times, broke the budget and the fun.
I’m one of the hundreds-of-thousands of people waiting for the Model 3. In fact, I put down a $1000 reservation exactly one year ago today. But 365 days later, I’m starting to wonder if the Model 3 is right for me. At first, I thought the smug looking nose of the car would be the showstopper. Surprisingly, I’ve actually gotten used to the look of the Model 3. It reminds me of a Porsche. The Model 3 is a sexy car. It’s sleek and sporty, with great driving specs. What I’m not sure about is the spartan interior. Specifically, I’ve been pondering the practicality of the barren dashboard.
After some fairly harsh words about pre-ordering Tesla’s Model 3, I’m surprised to have had such a change of heart. After carefully researching the alternatives, the Model 3 is not perfect — but it’s a lot better than the competition. At some point in the near future, I will need a new car. I feel that it should be an electric car. Tesla is clearly the leader in that market. I now find myself in a really long line, a line with several hundreds of thousands of people ahead of me. The car is not even expected to start shipping until late 2017. It’s going to be a long wait.
Last Thursday (on March 31, 2016) Tesla started taking preorders for the Model 3. Starting at $35,000 – the Model 3 is the affordable version of Tesla’s all-electric vehicles. I was seriously considering joining in on the excitement. But at the last moment, I hesitated. Something seemed wrong. Did Elon Musk seriously expect me to put down $1,000 on a car that I didn’t even see?