I think this is the second most expensive thing I've ever bought, the first being my flat.
So my golf was getting on a little bit still running fine but starting to need more than rudimentary swap all the fluids wipe it with a wet towel and call it good maintenance so I figured time to investigate replacing it. Since I was thinking of getting something newer and better I thought well why not try out some EV's and so I drove a few the Chevy bolt the Nissan and so on. I also tried the Tesla Model 3 which is a very fun car.
So I decided to get one and was in the tesla shop on Santana Row (an upmarket fancy one could say hoity toity shopping street in San Jose) looking at the colours and such. The guy I test drove with sees me and engages me in talk I comment on how I would like a red one but the paint is quite expensive (an extra 2k) he comments on a promotion on the long range all wheel drive model that if I agree to take one "next day" they will write off the cost of the paint.
As it turns out they don't have any in red (first choice) or blue (second choice) with the white interior I wanted. They did have black which I do like a lot but that's the free colour. So they found me a black long range all wheel drive with the white interior and 19" sport tires.
I don't care about sport tires but they were free and I could get the thing the next day so I agreed filled out the paperwork paid the deposit and then raced home to get my current car ready for trade in.
Saturday came and they said "delivery Wednesday" I didn't mind this so long as I got the free tires but no one was talking the email to the guy who sold it to me didn't reply. Sunday rolls round and I get a bunch of texts from the sales man who says he doesn't know what went wrong and he is "sorting it out" I play some games with rob as is our wont of a sunday and then around 4pm I get a call from a guy saying he's on his way with my new car and will be there inn 11 min.
I find all the various documents and dust off my checkbook and he turns up shortly. I fill out a large number of forms and a check he drives off with my golf and leaves me this little beauty
I've taken it out on a little test drive to see how it handles and it's a fun car to drive. My one is basically the mid range model with 310 mile range all wheel drive something around 360 hp and buckets of torque from stand still. It'll supposedly do 0-60 in 4.5s I know that it just accelerates like crazy. I went for the full self driving package which allows it to do things like navigate on freeways entry to entry changing lanes as needed with gps essentially automatically and self park and a few other tricks. I tried it on my little test drive down the 280 took a while to get used to it but it does work.
The power of the thing compared to the old golf (which had a mere 175hp) is just incredible, getting used to the regenerative breaking is going to take some doing. Set on it's default mode you take your foot off the accelerator and the car just stops quite rapidly. You can probably get away with just a single peddle in most traffic conditions. I'll see what it's like with charging etc currently it has 170 miles left in the battery so I don't need to juice it up for a while my work is pretty close. There are chargers at work and in my complex so I'll have no issue with plugging it in.
Inside is very minimalist just a large tablet like screen and some little scroll wheels on the steering wheel and that is basically it which I quite like a lot of cars have buttons and knobs an dials and lights and handles and spigots all over the thing. This is just clean and simple everything on the tablet. The seats are comfy motorized and heated in the front, just heated in the back. It's a synthetic leather called "Vegan" leather (made of vegans I assume). There is also the glass roof which is made up of three panels so basically from bonnet to boot is mostly glass it's wonderfully open with the top parts tinted to keep the sun off but you can see out above you.
It has quite a lot of storage space with the lack of a fuel tank and such it has a front boot with enough space for a small suitcase or some shopping. Currently the charger cable is there. The boot is fairly spacious with a section under the main floor with more room the back seats will do a 60/40 split giving you more space. It looks like it's a hatch back but it isn't it's actually a saloon the boot entrance is fairly narrow but for most things it would work fine but you're unlike to be putting things like furniture in it or what have you.
So far I'm very happy with the process and think I made a good decision with this purchase.