Why did I buy a Tesla without a test drive?

The Model 3 things you need to know


Tesla Model 3 showroom (1)

“If you’ve ordered a Tesla without a test drive you can give it back within 7 days or 1,000 miles (whichever comes first) for a full refund”.

The process of buying a Tesla has been described to me ‘like buying a kitchen appliance’ and not in a good way. However, I’m reassured by the money back guarantee. I’ve just dropped a couple of grand on a car that I have only sat in (Model 3s are currently so thin on the ground that you can’t book a test drive for weeks in the north of England) and signed myself up to a lifetime of payments. I’ve got a densely worded credit agreement and a vague delivery date in return.  

Tesla Model 3 purchase

But it’s done. 

We looked around the showroom, took some photos. Chatted to the chaps behind the counter. We’ve watched many of the same YouTube videos. They were pretty good on tax advice around buying electric cars and Tesla Superchargers but told us to come back and talk to the other guys if we wanted a battery. All my details were plugged into a website. ‘Things change but the website is up to date’. I guess that’s the way you buy cars these days. 

For some reason the website had switched the no additional cost paintwork to pearl white so the black car I’d originally visualized is now a distinctly unYorkshire colour. I’m imagining a boat load of palely gleaming electric cars already on its way from San Francisco with some unclaimed vehicles needing homes. Maybe mine is on its way. 

It might not be quite the same as being handed car keys by a dealer, but there’s something quite exciting about tracking the ships from port to port (you really can, here) or dropping into owners’ forums with their breathless reports of latest sightings. There’s a magical mystery air to it all.

Anyway, I’ve downloaded the app. And now we wait....


By Beate Kubitz at 10 Sep 2019, 00:00 AM