To say a Model 3 was an upgrade for our home is an understatement of epic portions.
My wife and I purchased our first car together as a new 2007 Honda Fit (Jr.) and we were still driving her when we purchased our Model 3 (Sparky).
As you all know the Model 3 is just pure joy. It is everything that a car should always have been. We purchased Sparky in August 2018 and it is still just bliss to drive. That joy is where the hidden cost of this adventure begins.
It starts small:
We are never going back. Let's make a solid charging location for ourselves with room to allow friends traveling far to charge at our place too.
In goes a 100amp circuit to support Tesla wall charger with room to daisy chain a second charger for a future Tesla. (~$2000 for charger and major 100amp install)
Keep in mind that for our own use a NEMA 50amp plug would have been just fine. But we want an "environment" for our home that supports long distance EV friends.
Honda Fit needs to go:
There was 3-5 years of carbon emissions consumed in the manufacture of the 2007 Honda Fit, so it still has value. We gifted (Jr.) to my Sister's family and did ~$200 detailing before we turned over the title to them.
A pattern begins to emerge:
Step out of Sparky and start seeing the home we are living in. Should we move or do we love where we are? We love where we are. Let's get the house fixed. Hardie Plank lap siding turns up some rot, lead paint removal, new windows and the odd door, which we were not surprised and ready for but still took ~$100K by the time it was completed.
Outside starts to move inside:
The barely functional and just plan wet and nasty tube to window air coolers need to go. Daikan mini-splits and some electrical upgrades ~$15K
Now that the outside house is sound, a series of patchwork window coverings are replaced by nice blinds throughout the house. ~$12K
It would be nice to watch a movie in bed together. Modest wall mounted screen with an Apple TV and soundbar. ~$800
Pattern is clear:
We have always lived within our means and saving two and half years, with a then paid off house, allowed the purchase of the model 3 completely. Our caution to others: Be aware of the hidden costs of Model 3 joy. You may very well determine that the rest of your life really needs to measure up to that experience and stop putting off those things you should have been doing for years.
It is not over...