YouTuber and Tesla owner Ryan Shaw recently discussed a number of common mistakes you can make when buying a Tesla. A useful guide for potential Tesla owners, his list was as follows:
(1) Buying too much range…
Often people buy the Tesla with the most range, for example opting for the Long Range Model 3 rather than the RWD. If you have home charging and don’t have to travel far, that doesn’t necessarily make sense.
(2) … And buy too little range
Opposed to the above, if you live in an apartment and/or have a long commute, you might want to buy a Tesla with plenty of range. This also matters if you travel frequently and don’t want to spend a lot of time at Superchargers.
(3) Buy the wrong wheels
With entry-level wheels, you get longer range and better ride quality. With bigger wheels you pay more, get a harsher ride quality and less range – only handling and aesthetics are improved.
(4) Purchase of FSD
Pretty self explanatory, because $12,000 for FSD just isn’t worth it. The basic autopilot that comes as standard is more than enough for most, and by the time FSD can reach its full potential, you’ll probably have sold the car.
(5) Defer Order
Prices are constantly rising while delivery times are pushed back due to ongoing supply chain issues.
(6) Failing to plan charging in advance
Plan your trips and make sure you have adequate home charging or know where your chargers are nearby if you live in an apartment.
(7) Buy a performance model to have the car delivered sooner
Wait times for Performance models are much shorter. But if you don’t mind the extra pace and power, don’t order it – you’ll end up paying more for less range and a harsher ride.
(8) Avoid white seats because you think they will be difficult to clean
White seats look great and require much less maintenance than expected.
(9) Failing to check local incentives
Most states have local rebates and incentives for electric vehicles. Be sure to check what you’re entitled to to save as much as possible.
(10) Failing to inspect the car upon delivery
Tesla is still a relatively new company and various fit and finish issues can arise, so be sure to take a good look at your car upon delivery.
(11) Not having the right cover and accessories
Many third-party companies have been known to overcharge insurance on Teslas. Tesla now offers its own insurance in some states, which is great. Also, make sure you have the right coverage to avoid large payouts. Finally, accessories like a screen protector and all-weather car mats are great options to add.