One of my favorite parts of buying a car was negotiating...art of the deal. But nowadays many car dealerships don't have much wiggle room. They were willing to barter back and forth, but now what it's listed at is what you will pay for it. Nowadays you don't even need to go to the car dealership to buy, you can sit back from the comfort of your home and browse on sites like Autotrader or Cars.com. That still takes time - the browsing, contacting the dealership or private party, probably a little negotiation, and then figuring out shipping if it is not near buy. In the work life integration lifestyle, I want to get this done fast. After doing my research and deciding that I wanted a Tesla Model 3, I was pleasantly surprised that I could buy a Tesla in under 5 minutes. I bought it right on my phone with just $100 charged to my credit card through Apple Pay! Here is how it works.
Step 1: Choose Your Tesla Model
First, do a little research on what type of Tesla you want to buy. I'm not going to review them all in this blog, but you can choose between a Model S, X, Y, 3, or the Roadster.
Step 2: Select You Car
With the Model 3 there are three options: Standard Range Plus, Long Range, and Performance. I wanted All-Wheel Drive (AWD) so it was between the top two options. Performance has a higher top speed, but I don't think I will ever need to go 162 MPH. It also gets you from 0-60MPH about a second quicker, which to me is necessary. It also has a shorter battery range. For this reason I went with the Long Range, which is less expensive than the Performance, saving me $8,000.
Step 3: Select Your Exterior Color and Wheels
This is totally up to you. I went with white because I love the look of the white car. It also happens to be the color that is included right now. Note: the included color has been known to change. Black, silver, and blue are an extra $1,000. Red is an extra $2,000. I went with the 18" wheels that are included. You can upgrade to the 19" wheels, but I didn't think it was worth it for an extra $1,500.
Step 4: Select Your Interior Color
For the Tesla Model 3 you have two choices - black or white. For some of the other models they offer a wider variety of interior colors. Black is included, and white is an extra $1,000. I went with white because I really like the way the white looks.
Step 5: Tesla Autopilot
Autopilot is one of the main reasons I bought a Tesla. They have the most advanced Autopilot technology in the industry. Autopilot is a standard feature on any Tesla, including the Model 3. This enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically. They say it only works on highways, but I've tested it out on city streets and it works ok. I would just be cautious because it isn't fully built out yet. You can upgrade to Full Self-Driving Capability (FSD) for an extra $8,000. This allows you to drive automatically from on and off ramps, along with overtaking slower cars by automatic lane changes. You can Autopark and it will assist with stops at traffic lights and stop signs. It also allows you to 'Summon" your Tesla, so you car will actually come find you! Really cool stuff, but I didn't add it on. You can also buy it down the road (no pun intended), but the price may jump up, especially as they add new features like Autosteer on city streets.
Step 6: Place Your Tesla Model 3 Order!
That's it! You just enter in your contact and billing info and place your order. It will charge you a $100 non-refundable downpayment, but that is it until you pick it up or get it delivered. Tesla does occasionally change their prices, but at this time the car designed in this blog was $47,990. Not bad for an amazing car and experience.
Feel free to use my referral link, which will get you 1,000 Free Supercharge miles. It will also get you $100 towards the Tesla Solar Roof or Solar Panels. There is a large community built up around Tesla. I'd love to learn any tips or tricks you've learned along the way with your own Tesla and I will also share what I've learned.
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