On November 27, 2012 I decided to put a reservation in for a Model S. When I initially bought the Roadster, I thought at some point I would get an electric sedan. I was in no rush to do so as I was very happy with the Roadster. I also delayed looking into all the details of the model S until things had settled down with the car.
There were several factors that lead me to make the decision to put in a reservation for the Model S.
1. The announcement of the new trade in program for the Roadster by Tesla. With this program, I knew there would be a painless option for converting to a sedan. Negotiating is not a strong skill for me, so this program gave me piece of mind as a backup plan.
2. The $2,500 year end price increase. Why pay $2,500 more if you don’t have to?
3. The experience at the dealership. I spent a few hours asking a lot of questions. I never felt pushed into buying a car or making a reservation. I went on a test drive after making the reservation. The visit was during mid week and they squeezed me in.
4. The car itself. The Model S was more than I expected. I walked in without a lot of expectations. I was very impressed with the progress Tesla has made in the last four years. I will write more about this in future posts.
5. Why not? The deposit was completely refundable if I changed my mind. I had put a $75,000 refundable deposit with the Roadster, a $5,000 refundable deposit seemed very reasonable.