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In March 2016, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk announced the company would be designing a new vehicle model to appease the masses at a price point affordable by all. He introduced the Tesla Model 3, the newest electric design for the popular company. Fast forward over two years to now, and you can’t even attempt to purchase a Model 3 for less than $49K, a far cry from the $35K model Musk optimistically promised. So what gives? For one, the company is notorious for being unable to meet deadlines. This disappointing fact coupled with the fact that Tesla experienced record-breaking back to back profit losses in the most recent two quarters does not inspire confidence.
Musk recently tweeted, “With production, 1st you need achieve target rate & then smooth out flow to achieve target cost. Shipping min cost Model 3 right away wd cause Tesla to lose money & die. Need 3 to 6 months after 5k/wk to ship $35k Tesla & live.” Basically, the company must average sales of 5,000 cars per week for a consistent period of time before they even attempt to sell the bare bones model if they have any hope of turning a profit. So right now, Tesla is focusing production on the fully-loaded Model 3 which will debut soon after announcing an anticipated $78,000 price tag that does not include the vaunted auto pilot feature. Musk claims this Model 3 will have all the bells and whistles, plus the ability to beat anything it its class, including the similarly priced BMW M3.
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Analysts are still leery though, and it is speculated by some that a $35K Model 3 may very well never be available. In fact, back in 2013, Tesla cancelled a nearly $50K Model S base version citing lack of consumer interest. It is very possible that the company will take a similar route again and claim there is no customer demand for the lower price point Model 3. A review of the vehicle by Consumer Reports is not helping the cause, stating that the Model 3 has a stopping distance that exceeds all contemporary vehicles, far worse than even Ford F-150 full size pickup. While the review praised the car’s brisk acceleration and impressive range, it took issue with the limitations of having all functions regulated via a centrally mounted touchscreen.
Despite these set-backs, Tesla did make it a point to announce that they have 450K reservations for the Model 3, but refused to differentiate how many are holding out for the base model versus how many are more than willing to fork over the big dough for the fully-loaded version. In fact, they also made no mention of how many reservations have been cancelled so far due to delays in production. The numbers of reservations are slightly lower than those from this time last year, but the company doesn’t appear to have shot itself in the foot just yet. Tesla does however have a very specific and passionate fan base which helps with obtaining and maintaining their reservations. After all, if you had waited two years for a specific model, what’s another six months? One thing’s for sure, they are not making the same mistake twice and although Tesla has promised the approximately $78K Model 3 sometime this summer, no tried and true date has been set for the $35K version. At the earliest, you can expect to see this base model Model 3 at the end of this year, but it is possible it was just another pipe dream by the visionary Musk and will never be available at all.
Amanda Williams is a mother, an author, and entrepreneur. Her pastimes include the San Diego Padres, anything and everything Disney related, reading for pleasure, running for fun, family trips to Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and Disneyland, and of course, spending quality time with her two beautiful daughters.
Amanda is uniquely qualified to write on all things auto transport, working in the industry as a sales agent for over 10 years and also shipping cars herself on multiple occasions, all of which allowed her to learn the industry from both sides. Amanda also has a comprehensive knowledge of vehicles due to a budding passion and thirst for knowing all things automotive.
Amanda was born and raised in the small town of Santa Cruz, California, but moved to San Diego at age 17 to pursue a degree in psychology at San Diego State University. She graduated in just 3 short years with a Bachelor's in Psychology with a Minor in Religious Studies, but chose instead to pursue a career in finance, working at multiple financial institutions before discovering her true passion for writing.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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