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- Jun 19, 2020
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- Wheeling, WV
Tesla doesn't have dealerships. They have distribution/service points. There will be no price gouging. You will deal directly with Tesla online. Not sure about accessories....but if there are any, it will be through Tesla online. And then, of course, there will be aftermarket accessories.Let me revise my prediction about what will be included.
The standard car-selling plan is to advertise a low price, let the buyer haggle over it, and then pile on as many add-ons (some attractive, many fake) as they can get away with. The Tesla plan is, "You pay the price we set, and you take it the way it comes out (which will be just about the same as the others").
I predict Tesla will increasingly borrow from its competitors (except for the haggling bit), by adding creative extras (delivery fee, credit-check fee, documentation fee, orientation fee -- and -- accessories galore). And the new assembly line will be jigged so that, after you've paid in full, your vehicle will come out with a unique selection of options -- without slowing the line.
When you decide to walk away from a dealership and the salesperson says, "I have somebody else who wants it," you can be pretty sure it will still be on the lot next week. But if you turn down your CT because of the add-ons, you know there's eager buyers waiting behind you.
Not complaining, just reasoning that the purpose of the CT is to make money for Tesla, and the competitors' sales model of "pad the bill with extras" will be too profitable to ignore.