I apologize in advanced if this has already been posted on the forums, but I scrolled through quite a bit today and have not been able to find this thread.
Currently, I am leaning towards the First Production $49,000 model as I am considering this to be a car that I will own for a long time. Even if I do upgrade to a different tesla or electric car in the future, Tesla has been able to keep a strong value in regards to a buyback versus other competitors.
The two questions that I did have and I am hoping to get an answer from hat I saw as a pretty knowledgeable community;
1. One thing that Elon has raved about in regards to all of the electric cars is the zero up keeping fee that traditional gasoline engines cars would have (Oil, motors expense etc.) Currently, the estimate for all combustion engine cars accumulates to $1,451.50 per year that you would save owning any electric car. But now, I am looking to own this tesla 10 plus years, and that brings me to my question;
What is the life expectancy of the batteries for the Tesla 3 and how much will that replacement cost? If we take the traditional response of $12,000 after an estimated 10 years, your 10 year savings of owning a maintenance free car would only be about $2500.00. Please let me know if I have missed the mark here.
2. And a quick question, want to apologize for the essay type question that was asked above. For those of us that are eligible to get the first, second or third level of the tax credit, is it an actual credit that will give you money back as a potential refund or is it more like you will play less of an income tax? Ex (you make $50,000 but now will only be taxed on $42,500.)
Thanks everyone for any insight that you might have.