Tesla announced the Model 3 in March of 2016. With a base price of $35,000 allowing it to sit pretty in a line-up of gasoline mid-size sedans, Tesla received approximately 400,000 pre-orders as soon as the window opened! And who knows how many more pre-orders have come in a year later. Whatever the count, that is a lot of cars. So what does this mean to you? Two things.
First, current Tesla owners are already complaining about the lack of available superchargers. When someone in a Tesla pulls up to a set of supercharger stations, Tesla owners are complaining the parking spots are either already being used or a gasoline vehicle is taking up the parking spot. Rude, right? Well, not really. Although the supercharger stations may belong to Tesla, the parking spots still belong to the hotel, shopping mall, or whatever brick-and-mortar business that owns the parking lot. There’s usually a designated sign that says “30 MINUTE GENERAL PARKING”. Some signs even allow up to 60 minute general parking! Plus, who knows how strongly these rules are enforced.
Second, you can’t take your super high tech Tesla to your local Joe Smoe car shop to get it serviced. Only a certified Tesla service station can do that. Current Tesla owners are complaining that there aren’t enough of those around. Some of them have to drive quite a distance to get to one. With 400,000+ Model 3s about to hit the road in the coming months, I imagine making an appointment for repairs is going to be a mess. Yes, Tesla is working to alleviate this by creating more service stations. But my guess is that it will be awhile until these new stations are up and running.
What do you think? Are these good enough reasons to make you wait to purchase the Model 3? Or are you putting in your $1000 pre-order despite the risks I’ve mentioned? Let me know what you think in the comments below.