Should I Buy a Tesla Model 3? I Just Did and Here is Why.

I really hate parting with money for cars. Most new cars are just an asset worth significantly less when you drive them off the lot. Then they lose a lot of value every year. So much so that many owe more on their cars than they are worth.

For many years, I’ve recommended to people that if they are to get a vehicle that is new to them, think about one that is two to three years old. It’s new enough but at a lower price.

I drive a Tahoe that I purchased at a steep discount from the car rental company Enterprise. It was a year old, but the price was the best I’d seen.

I found that deal on CarGurus that allows you to search for vehicles, and they rank the offer as compared to other similar vehicles. I found the site to be beneficial.

Our other car is a 2008 Honda Odyssey minivan we bought new knowing that we’d have it for a long time. It’s running great because we take great care of it and give it the regular recommended maintenance.

Buying a Car is a Personal Choice

So much of the decision about what kind of vehicle to purchase is wrapped up in emotion. What does the vehicle project about status, how cool does it look, or how does it make the driver feel.

I get it. I was that guy once.

But at some point in my life, before we bought the Honda, I changed. I began to look at vehicles as a utilitarian purchase. In fact, I don’t even care about the color on the outside. If it does what I need for it to do and gets me around reliably and safely, that is the most important issue.

When I purchased the Tahoe, it was for a specific task and need that I had. I needed a vehicle that could carry around a lot of gear and needed items in my role as a volunteer firefighter.

So if I need a vehicle that has all sorts of flashy lights and a siren on it, I’ve got that.

But My Needs are Changing Six Years Later

It’s been six years since I purchased the Tahoe and twelve since purchasing the Honda. Since then, my life has changed. My new granddaughter has arrived during a pandemic, and she lives 38 highway miles away.

Not only are the current vehicles getting older, but I am as well.

For many years I’ve complained about how much I hate to drive and what a waste of time it is. I have to sit there, be constantly vigilant, and hold a steering wheel for hours on end.

As a pilot, I love the autopilot on the airplane. It allows me to focus on making sure that I’m focusing on other important matters as I fly.

So you see where I’m going here?

It sure feels like now is the right time to consider getting into a vehicle that is quickly moving towards more advanced vehicle navigation even though no vehicle is entirely there yet.

I Went With a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus and Here is Why

The Tesla Model 3 seemed like the best vehicle for me to purchase because:

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What I Decided to Buy

Telsa vehicle options range from the entry-level Model 3 that I purchased to an SUV and a very sporty supercar.

The only option I added was the full self-driving package. The standard autopilot package already comes with the car.

And in true Steve form, I went with the default white color and standard wheels. Other colors come at an upcharge of as much as $2,500, and fancier wheels added more.

The most expensive Tesla is the Model S with all the options. That currently comes in at $158,490 without delivery destination fee, registration, and taxes.


The entry-level Model 3 I selected is $49,290 without the extra fees. The full details are below.

The purchase experience is so smooth. You select the options you want on your vehicle and click to purchase it. All the details, including financing, are handled online.

So the monthly payment is $695. My monthly cost savings is about $200. That brings the payment down to about $500 a month.

The Tesla financing is very inexpensive as well, and mathematically I can get a better return by keeping money in investments than paying for the car and avoiding financing.

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Is Any Vehicle Purchase Perfect?

Given that so much is wrapped up in a car or truck purchase, it would be impossible for there ever to be a perfect vehicle for everyone.

After all, what would all the small guys that drive big trucks with lift kits do if they weren’t available?

I hope to make the purchase experience a bit of a series, and I’ll post an update when I actually get the car.


  1. What they don’t tell you is that you lose about 50% of range when the temp is below zero. i had been driving around during the day for work and decided to drive to our cabin about 110 miles away. My youngest daughter and I left with about 220 miles of range left for the trip. We had to reset the trip to the charging station about 90 miles away and rolled in with 16 miles left. lesson learned, you need to plan better in below zero weather

  2. Like you article. Very interested in purchasing one myself. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I could have saved you more money by suggesting you buy a used Toyota Camry hybrid and paying cash. We can always come up with reasons for buying up when it comes to something we want?

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