Should I buy a Tesla?
Is Tesla a sustainable vehicle?
Are Teslas cheap to run?
What do mechanics think of Tesla?
These are all very good questions that any potential Tesla owner needs to consider before purchasing one. No mechanic anywhere will advise buying one of these and here is why. The Tesla requires minimal maintenance, as will any 100% electric motor vehicle, the mechanic loses big revenue as routine oil changes are no longer needed. However there is still demand for the automotive repairer provided he trains up. Brakes, tyres, suspension and running gear all still require repairs and replacement. Engines that are now basically a giant alternator will still be susceptible to the same mechanical failures as all electric components in current motor vehicles. If you’re considering buying a Tesla, don’t ask your mechanic he will advise against it.
Tesla is possibly the largest globally recognised early adopter of the complete electric vehicle, they were not the first or only, but through clever marketing and Elon Musks hard work they had become market leaders.
It also worth mentioning that the long term future of the conventional family motor vehicle is going to become almost 100% electric. We covered this topic in the article listed below.
This article is intended to help you make purchasing decisions now, in 2018-2019 about buying one of these cars. So lets break it down.
Early Adopter: If you’re in a Tesla its unlikely to be because you had no other choice and just made a last minute decision about buying a car. This is how a Chief Financial Officers end up driving a Chrysler 300C. No one just gives up on car search and buys a Tesla. If you are seriously considering this vehicle its because being an early adopter is part of your brand as a person. You’re the sort of person that proudly displays your laptops apple logo in airport waiting lounges, you had an apple watch the day it was released. Your lights turned off with voice command ten years ago and your Nespresso pod coffee machine was number 7 of the first 100 ever made. People give you a hard time for paying twice the price for something you can get fifty percent cheaper in twelve months time, but those people just don’t understand you. Nothing to be ashamed of, the early adopters are the people that allow technological advancements achieved.
Super car staus: In a very clever and intentional move the Tesla is not for everyone. The clever people at Tesla put their vehicles in the super car category. The fact is, this early in R&D of this type of technology comes with a hefty price tag. To develop a 100% electric, self driving vehicle and then sell it as a four door hair dressers car for $30K means the company would fold. The costs of research and development are enormous. Tesla created super cars to cover the costs of R&D. Their vehicles are comparable to Jaguar, Maserati, Lamborghini and Ferrari in horse power, styling and status.
Customer Service: The Tesla level of customer service was made known globally through the website Quora after an owner of a Tesla answered someones inquiry about Tesla and the after sales service. This particular owner was involved in a motor vehicle accident with his Tesla. The level of roadside customer service this man received was second to none.
Sustainability: Your Tesla never needs petrol therefore never pumps carbon dioxide out of the exhaust pipe.
Running costs: No fuel means no payments to the petrol station attendant.
Long trips: Only a huge problem in Australia a drive from Sydney to Melbourne can cause a battery charge problem, finding a location to charge your Tesla if your 200Kms from anywhere is a problem.
Price: As mentioned in the Pros list, Tesla is in the super car class making it unattainable for most everyday users.
Emissions: Whilst the emissions out of the vehicle itself are zero. You do need to consider the cost on the environment for both manufacturing this vehicle and disposing of spent batteries. Whilst the industry is improving this. Currently many experts are arguing that the carbon footprint of manufacturing these vehicles is the equivalent of owning and driving a petrol powered vehicle. Future developments will improve this, but currently its about one for one. One owner imported his vehicle to Singapore from Hong Kong. Singapore’s strict emissions laws take into account the manufacturing process as well as what’s coming out of the tail pipe. The Tesla cost this owner a $15,000 fine for emissions.
In conclusion at this stage in the game the advice is wait. Unless you love being an early adopter, you can afford the outlay up front and love the heads being turned for your vehicle. The world is going this way before long there will be cheaper options available.