- Jun 26, 2003
- Watertown, MA, USA
- '99.5 Golf GLS, '01 Jetta GLX Wagon (TDI conversion)
My experience: I reserved a couple test drives at some Tesla showroom in a mall. The place was so tiny, it had only room for 2 or 3 cars. They take you downstairs to the parking garage, show you how to put the car in "gear", give you the key and say "Come back in 30-40 minutes". Nobody's working on commission so there's not pressure to buy anything.LMAO, he's still trying.... not sure what more I could do if pictures were not proof enough. I'm certainly not going to go in there and BUY one!
Maybe the world exists differently outside of Maine. Come to think of it, when I was there, I never saw a single dealership of ANY brand ANYWHERE. Hmmmm.....
Then when I decided to buy, I went to the website and ordered the car that I wanted. There's not a lot of choices - the Model 3 has 3 trim levels (RWD, short range, AWD long range and AWD Performance), 4 colors and a couple of wheel choices. They give you a tentative delivery date. If a similar car happens to show up in nearby inventory (which is likely since there are so few trims) before the delivery date, you might get an email giving you the option to take that one earlier instead if you want.
Then on the delivery date, I went to the "delivery center" and the car was there. You look it over carefully and if nothing is wrong with it, you sign the paper and drive it home.
If you want to call that a "dealer" experience, fine. But nobody tried to sell me VIN etching, undercoating or an extended warranty. And when I showed up, they were expecting me. Both the Chevy and VW dealers had no record that I'd booked an appointment for a test drive. I'm 57 and this was literally my first time taking a test drive at a dealer and both "real" dealers f'd it up, so I'm not regretting all the dealership experiences that I missed out on in my youth.
Dealerships suck. Many states have laws that try to prevent automakers from selling directly to the consumers and those laws got put on the books due to lobbying by the dealers. All you small government folks ought to be ticked off about that instead of getting bent out of shape about some automaker trying to do something different.