A year ago, I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage my Model 3. I lived in an apartment and my “home” charger was my work. This time last year, I still on the waiting list for the Model 3 order. I didn’t know what to expect.
I started this as a way to learn more about Tesla. Every time I searched about Tesla, I always saw people with garages. I needed to know if it’s possible to own a Tesla without a home charger. I’ve met many people along the way that have said they would own a Tesla if they had a way to charge their car. My goal was always to help them.
In September, I finally got my dream car. And nothing could prepare me for the next 8 months. In 8 months, I drove all over San Diego, to Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, and Kettleman City. I’ve raced the car on an autocross that got my heart pounding like a kid again.
I’ve met other Tesla owners and did long road trips with them. I flew to San Jose and even met with other owners. I even made a few new friends along the way.
The car was nothing short of amazing. Throughout the 8 months, I’ve gotten 13 updates. The car I picked up in September is not the same car I’m driving now. My car is a lot better; it’s grown; it actually appreciated in value for me.
The updates included Navigate on Autopilot, Lane Changes without Confirmation, Dash Cam, Sentry Mode, Sending Directions to the car, Arcade Games, and many more. The car is smarter than it was before, and it actually became faster! For those that got the Long Range Rear Wheel Drive Model 3, they got more range!
Throughout the journey, there were things I loved, and things that leave a little to be desired. Thing one needs to understand about Tesla is that it’s not a traditional car company. It’s more of a tech company that’s not going to let technology slow them down. So they tend to move at a quick pace.
In eight months of ownership, there’s a few things that have bothered me. A lot of my angst is location specific. For instance, there’s only one Service Center in San Diego. San Diego is the second largest city in California. They also have a large amount of Teslas in this city. You can’t go throw a stone without hitting one.
So you can imagine, one of my frustrations has been the customer service in general. If I have questions, calling the Service Center is near damn impossible. I can never get a hold a person. Scheduling a service is usually a 3 to 4 week wait.
The upside is that with the fleet of mobile tech services, if there’s anything that can be done remotely, they’ll send someone to you. I’ve had them apply the “DUAL MOTOR” badging at my work and had them rotate my tires and fixed my squeaky driver seat at my house!
The best part of owning a Tesla is the fact that I don’t have to pay for gas! In the eight months of driving, the gas prices really fluctuated some. According to AAA, the average price in San Diego was around $3.837 per gallon for the past year. If we remember, my average mpg for my Civic was 26.5 mpg. So at 10,000 miles, I would have paid close to $1,450 in just gas!
There’s obvious room for improvement in the company, for sure. Tesla is essentially a start up in the automotive sector. They are disrupting the industry. Any issues now are essentially growing pains. But they are moving fast, they truly implemented the DevOps model on their cars, moving in an agile manner from idea to production!
After ten thousand miles, I don’t once regret my decision. I’ve been loving every minute of it. I am excited to see where the next 10,000 miles take me and hope to expand my Tesla Community friends!
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