Just kidding. But for the record...No i didn't rob anyone. This is just a story about how I got my 2017 Tesla Model S a month ago @ 24 years old.
This is my first post & i've been reading on the forums for years and i figured it was about time to ask the community whether or not im crazy or just super smart & lucky!
Its a long story. So bear with me.
I started religiously following Tesla almost 3 years ago or so when they released Autopilot 1.0 (My timing may be wrong) and it was all over the news about the self driving features. I was mind blown and was like i gotta go test drive this thing...
I test drove a P90DL (not sure which year) from a Tesla mall location in jersey when this was like the only location near NYC (i live in brooklyn,NY). Was Absolutely Mind Blown. Customer Experiance Specialist took me off the highway and into a closed parking lot to make me do launch mode which then made my girlfriend's (now fiance') brain hit the back of her skull when this thing took off.
from that moment the both of us were hooked....Then we saw the price tag and our hearts sank. i was like ill never be able to afford this car for like another 10 years....i was 21 or so at the time.
2 years later, after reading hundreds of tesla forum posts, watching Hundreds of Teslanomics/Know You Know/Like Tesla Youtube Videos later.... This happened...
I was on my way to go visit my family's house in jersey but realized i left wayyyyyyyyy early and i had alot of time to spare. While also realizing that Autopilot 2.0 got the "so called" latest update to put it on par with AP1.0....in the back of my head im like, let me go see how the new autopilot is for fun... i searched a tesla showroom on google and i picked a random location since there were like 7 in the vicinity.
I head there. Got there early. Waited for the location to open. and i walk in the showroom...
I completely froze the moment i walked in because it just so happened that i picked the most random tesla showroom off the cuff and who greets me? the same freakin sales rep that gave me my first test drive in a tesla 3 years ago from a completely different location. i had a feeling something great was about to happen...
so with that said... time to speed this story up. thanks for reading so far!
Test drove new 2017 75d, showed me autopilot 2.0... didn't get as thorough of a test drive as i wanted but i think it was because this guy knew i was coming in for an experience and not a purchase.
but then we went back and he told me the INSIDE SCOOP.
forget new inventory models, forget CPO's. this guy literally found Tesla GOLD for me.
He found me a showroom/test drive/service vehicle 2017 90D New fascia AP2.0 Enhanced Autopilot, fully loaded every option except rear child seats (dont need em i dont have kids.)
& a way to get me in it.
i told him dude...i cant afford this thing its gunna be like 1500 a month plus insurance. no way jose. Side note: I just got a Brand New 2017 Honda CRV Touring edition 6 months ago for myself...(bought it cause its the nicest most affordably priced thing at the time with steering assist and acc cruise control & i had to have something remotely close to self driving capabilities)
he was like do you know anyone with a vehicle you could trade in? Literally the light bulb went off in my head. My father had a 3 year old chevy he didn't want anymore.
Here is the part where you tell me if im crazy or just amazingly smart & lucky...
total price on vehicle:
2017 90D AP2.0 (2265 Miles) - $89,500
- Red Multi Coat - 1,500
- Sunroof - 2,000
- All black Interior 3,300
- Enhanced AP2.0 - $5000
- 72 Amp Upgrade - 1,500
- Smart Air Suspension - 2,500
- Premium Interior Package - 3,500
- Premium Sound - 2,500
- Subzero - 1,000
$112,300 + Fees.
$113,500 - Before Taxes.
+ Taxes = $6,700.
Minus - $21,500 SHOWROOM DISCOUNT
Minus - $1000.00 Refferal Code
Minus - $500 NYC EV Incentive
Minus - $15,000 Trade in Value of my fathers car.
Minus - $4900 Down Payment
Leased it: Total over 36 months $15,500.
My lease payment is $429.00 a month. for a $120k car. & i gave my 2017 crv to my dad to replace his car.
Now before you say "but you put down like 20k to get the car. you never do that on a lease" for the record my ultimate goal was to buy the car at the end & get in to the car with as affordable as a payment as possible so i can have it NOW. 3 years from now if i can afford to send it back to them and get the newest model or a *P120DL* (If they make one by then) i will...if not im still very very happy and couldn't be more happier to be a proud Tesla driver and keep this one.
Final Thought: Is this a rare situation? am i lucky? have you heard of this happening before? the delivery team literally told me the only people my age affording this car are celebrities. & im most certainly not a celebrity. i always thought alot of the people who have interest in this car are people who have a well paying 9-5 and have the ability to buy the car in full.
when i drive this car around the first thing my friends & family ask is how the heck did i afford it?...and then i tell them how i got it and they were like "dude you got a steal".
I am in no way trying to brag about this. I am very appreciative and so happy to have this car and i am very responsible. I have also been able to refer 3 new tesla owners who took delivery (1 of which is my mother in law who bought a fully loaded model x literally 2 weeks after i got mine from the same tesla location where i took delivery. the staff there were so happy i was able to bring a new customer through their doors.) P.S. Cant wait for arachnids.
so finally id just like to say thank you to all of you guys out there who have educated me through blog posts & youtube videos into getting (In my opinion) the Best, Safest, Quickest, most efficient 4 wheeled vehicle on the road... but why...why...they heck didnt they put a suit hook in the back...lol...
Ready for the icing on the cake? I dont pay for electric at my home (its included in rent and landlord knows i bought an electric car) #micdrop #nobrainer #elonforthewin #nextstepmars