Spouse on board?

Spouse on board?

How many of you had/are having trouble convincing your spouse/significant other that it is reasonable to buy a Model S?

If there are objections, what are they? Money? Perceived practicality? Cost comparison to an equivalent ICE (as if there really were such a thing...)?

My wife is not enthusiastic, but she has slowly accepted the fact that I'm buying one. I even caught her on the Design Studio once looking at different colors :) So I think she's decided to enjoy it since it is pretty much inevitable.

TikiMan | October 7, 2012

For me, no problem... It came down to two choices...

1) Rent an apartment closer to my work, and come home on the weekends.


2) Buy a Model S, and come home every night (unless I am out of the state).

Even though the apartment would have been somewhat cheaper in the beginning, getting the Model S was highly advised by my wife!

Ron_S | October 7, 2012

Bought my wife the equivilant value diamond ring...
Just kidding... For now :))

psullivanassoc | October 7, 2012

Thanks Larry,

If the planets line up the wait should be over in less than a month. What I failed to mention is now my wife is on the Model X list. Tesla should hire me as a sales person. I am better at sales than I thought. :)

Crow | October 7, 2012

No problem with mine. She gave me a reservation for my birthday. Since then she has put up with my obsessing over this website.

Oaktowner | October 7, 2012

@Brian H. True -- and, as has been pointed out in other threads, the utility of the 60 KWh battery as a long distance driving machine might be marginal at best, anyway.

@mrspaghet -- I guess it comes down to how I define "afford." I know I could either come up with the cash or make the payment, and if my house were paid off and all three college funds were filled (in other words, if I really had the cash to burn), it would be a no brainer. But as it is, the 60 is seeming less and less attractive, meaning I have to get used to the idea that I will be spending 80K on this car.

I'm still leaning toward doing it, it's just become a larger pill to swallow!

TMS Doc | October 7, 2012

I'm like petero. I did such a good job of selling my wife, she has claimed it for her own. Says she needs the California HOV stickers more than I do. I had to get a second reservation. Hers (S#705) arrives this Thursday! I am P5000 something, if we save enough on gas to pay for it.

Brian H | October 8, 2012


1) He died sane, driving his Mazda.
2) He died insane, driving his Tesla.

Pick one!


BYT | October 8, 2012

I'm like you Pat, minus all the support from the wife. I would buy nothing but Honda's and now my first American car EVER will be the Model S. Can I afford this car, questionable. Can I mentally afford not to buy it, most certainly no, I can't afford mentally not to buy this car... :) Almost sounds like the priceless Visa commercials.

Down Payment for a Model S P: $5,000
Down Payment difference to Sig: $35,000
Balance to purchase the Model S: ~$70,000

The thrill, passion, environment responsibility and satisfaction?


DouglasR | October 8, 2012

"How many of you had/are having trouble convincing your spouse/significant other that it is reasonable to buy a Model S?"

Whoever said it has to be reasonable?

Brian H | October 8, 2012

Spouses. All spouses consider themselves the guardians of all that is reasonable.

DouglasR | October 8, 2012

When I explain to my grandson why he can't have something, he often responds, "but I WANT it!"

Perfectly reasonable. :)

Brian H | October 9, 2012

I overheard at a bus stop a girl telling her b/f he was cut off until he gave up his dope. He adopted a pathetic, pleading expression: "But I NEED it."

Is that a closer analogy? ;)

DouglasR | October 9, 2012

Depends on whether you prefer the Stones ("You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes well you might find you get what you need") or Dylan ("Your debutante just knows what you need
But I know what you want").

Chris25 | October 9, 2012

My wife is the reason I have not ordered mine yet. She actually introduced me to Tesla when the company first started. We were both huge fans, supporters, and introduced many people to Tesla. Unfortunately Tesla has done a few things recently to her that has left a very bad taste in her mouth. For me, I'm all in but for us it has to be a mutual decision due to the cost. I have being trying for 3 months to warm her back up to Tesla. Which reminds me that I need to go change her pc wallpaper back to a model S pic.

Brian H | October 9, 2012

Has she read Elon's "Update"?

mrspaghetti | October 9, 2012


Unfortunately Tesla has done a few things recently to her that has left a very bad taste in her mouth.

What did they do to her? Take her milk money? Give her an atomic wedgie? A swirlie?

Chris25 | October 10, 2012

The first was she tried to get a part time job at TM. She was actually excited about the opportunity and a true believer in TM. She really wanted to tell the world about TM (so she is a little on the tree hugger side) and move people from oil dependency. She applied and got a call to setup an interview. 2 days later for the interview, the recruit was a no call/no show/no email. The next day they spoke and the TM recruiter was very apologetic so they rescheduled. Same thing happened on the next interview…no call/no show/no email. Since then, she has not had a returned call or email. Both of our views are if a company is this unorganized and shows poor communications, do we want to do business with them? Kind of the mentality of if you are awful at your job then you should be promoted.
The second was she was not allowed to test drive at the Get Amped tour. We informed the guys at the event that we got the "time to build" email and we were not buying till she drove a car. TM said they could only accommodate 1 driver per reservation and she could drive one at the store in a few months. I’ll be honest, I didn’t care since I was the one driving but her opinion is that TM has been sitting on our $5,000 for over 2 years and they can’t figure out how to let someone drive a car is poor customer service.

petero | October 10, 2012

Chris25. You blew it. My wife got Amped and I sat in the back. She was very happy for her 7 minute drive. A month later I had a 30 minute test drive and I was very pleased. I had the advantage of driving a Roadster a year ago so I could afford to be patient.

P.S. Being recently retired, I filled in an online resume and sent it to TM. I have heard nothing back, a waste of time.

Chris25 | October 10, 2012

Hindsight is always 20/20 on spouse stuff.

chrissam42 | October 10, 2012

Chrisses with Tesla-unimpressed spouses, unite!