I was looking for my next car for years. Literally. Kept delaying it for various reasons - there was always something missing, something wrong with the cars I was looking at, complete lack of chemistry. There was always to be a better time financially, as there always is.
I knew about Tesla. But I treated if like many. A poster car I can't afford. I love the name, fact that it is purely electric, design, performance. At this time I am paying hundreds of dollars every month for gasoline alone. I looked at all other electric cars that I thought I could afford and all of them were insufficient. And, turns out, even though they were less expensive, I could not really afford them as:
a) I would either need yet another car to cover longer trips that I regularly make.
b) It would have to be a hybrid with half the performance and twice as many things that can go wrong.
c) Regularly go through the hassle of renting.
Neither was appealing. Had hopes for Volt but these melted away as the car appeared. Leaf is a road-worthy short-range golf cart. Nothing has a range equal to the range of trips I make, let alone my kids' bellies (distance travelled before I have to stop for my kids to go to the washroom and/or eat). Tesla was and still is the only one. Nothing else offered better charging network than Tesla and Tesla can use them all (even though I am in Canada).
I gave up and looked at pure ICE cars. Nothing that would "spark". For a very long time.
When I learned of the Toronto Tesla store I booked a test drive knowing full well that I won't buy it. It was just for fun, to see that poster car.
Something happened during that test drive. Something sub-conscious. The car stopped being a poster toy and started feeling real, useful, good. Best car I ever sat in, let alone drove. Best car I ever heard of.
I also revisited the cost structure that I forgot to think about in a long while. Turned out that I could afford it - I just didn't know it. I didn't believe it. I checked and rechecked. Many times, in different ways and level of detail. Every calculation proved that I could afford a car I "couldn't" afford. I didn't need it to be a toy car that needed a backup to also be paid for. I could have Tesla only and still be fine. And, if I get it, I would have a car I would be proud of and happy in, unlike with any other.
Tesla, thus, fulfilled my needs, wants and "cans" awesomely. Nothing else comes even close. Period.
So I ordered one. Happily grinning for quite some time now.