Well, I've put down my deposit... I'm surprised that I haven't done this sooner, but it's a more expensive purchase than any vehicle I've ever bought. As an early adopter, I had the first Segways in Arizona (ended up having 4 of them), the first Prius in Arizona (ended up having 6 of them), and the first Volt in Arizona (now have 2 of them), among many other "early adopter" firsts.
So, with the Tesla, I'm trying to figure out the proportionate financing costs.
* ~$30K Prius (all costs/fees/taxes/etc included) lease - with the Prius, each one I've had has had a down from $0 to $2000 with lease payments from $169-229/mo (not including taxes, I've had 6 and don't want to dig up that information) depending on the special at the time.
* ~$50K Volt (all costs/fees/taxes/etc included) lease - $0 to $2000 down with lease payments from $388-438/mo including taxes.
* ~$75K to $100K Tesla... (all costs fees/taxes/etc included) lease/purchase.... so why isn't this proportionate to the vehicles above? It should be around $600-$750/mo, with just around $4-6K down, out the door... but I just can't wrap my head around why this doesn't happen. I'm guessing it's because the program isn't truly a lease program, which has a significant impact on this amount.
While I make a decent living for myself and could afford a payment on whatever comes, I'm just hitting this wall of price resistance and as someone who drives about 9K miles a year, I'm not sure I want to spend ~$2 for every mile I drive a car...
I'm great at rationalizing things I want to do and want to have, as long as I can be rational. Can some of you throw out some "it's only" scenarios for me... I'm really close to completing my purchase, and I'm sure the financing stage of this is just a few weeks away.
The Clarendon Hotel - Phoenix, Arizona
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