How I came to a Tesla
My name is Patrick Bolli and I have been an enthusiastic Tesla driver since 2017. I am 45 years old and work as a computer scientist in Basel (Switzerland). Already as a young teenager I liked to work with computers. An interest in technology of any kind has understandably been with me since my childhood.
I live in the northwestern part of Switzerland and since about 2014 I became interested in Tesla. When a friend of mine enticed me at the end of 2015 to a visit to the Tesla Service Center and do a test drive with the then top model, the Model S P90D Ludicrous, the “Teslaitis” had hit me hard. I knew immediately that I wanted to buy a Tesla at some point…no, I MUST buy it!
But Model S was too big and too expensive for me. So, I decided to wait for the announced Model 3. At the presentation of Model 3 in spring 2016 I made a reservation immediately. However, I became a bit critical with the schedule, as more and more details were announced. Properties like the narrow trunk lid were simply too impractical for me. Furthermore, I had already suspected at that time that the vehicle would not be launched in Europe before spring 2019. I also suspected that the high-priced Model 3 with premium equipment would be as expensive as currently the cheapest Model S with 75 kWh battery.
And the inevitable happened…
The topic Tesla captivated me more and more by reading in forums and Facebook groups. Therefore, I decided in early summer 2017 to take a closer look at the used Model S inventory vehicles. The Service Center had just received several used three-year-old S85 Pre-Facelift Leasing returns. The one or other previous owner had probably indulged himself the facelift version of the Model S. It came as it had to come: The Model S85 used cars were too expensive for me because of the originally very high original price and the still high resale price. In addition, they were no longer up to date in terms of technology (e.g. no Autopilot 2). Well, I thought if I’m already there, I may also have a look at the current inventory of new cars… …and then there was no way back… 😉
Finally, I found a model S75D in exactly my desired configuration. The vehicle was already produced and still in transit to Europe. But the price was heavy! Of course a Model 3 would be cheaper in a few years. But hey: you only live once! With something psychological “sugarcoat” with arguments like: Fuel savings, less taxes, less maintenance costs, and and and… I decided to pay so much money for a car. I simply couldn’t resist…
…and I haven’t regretted it for a second until today. The Tesla Smile continues… 🙂
Not in the desert… but in the dunes of North Holland
But back to this website…
Maybe you are familiar with the following situations:
The topic Tesla interests you and you read so much about it in Internet forums or on Facebook. You are looking for specific information, a link or a tip. Something you’ve been reading somewhere recently. But it’s hard to find it in the huge number of posts. Even search engines often don’t help.
You might want to buy a Tesla. The constantly changing options and functions in the equipment of Tesla vehicles make the comparison of new and used cars very difficult. You don’t have an overview which options there were from when, until when exactly and which used cars have a certain option or not. And what are the differences between previous equipment and current new cars? The official Tesla page doesn’t help because it only shows the options of the current new cars. On Tesladriver.net such information is collected and summarized.
Much of the information on this website can also be found on other sites. However, this collection is intended to provide an entry point at the English-speaking world, where knowledge is bundled and linked to further sources on the net.
I would be very pleased if you use my referral code when ordering a Tesla and order via the following link:
https://ts.la/patrick865. This will give you a free Supercharger credit worth 1000 miles/1500 Km (valid for 6 months).
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