Rather than being an early adopter, Moniz decided to wait because of the many issues the manufacturer was facing with the new car.
When it came time to replace his BMW 3 Series, Moniz wasn’t ready to buy a Tesla, citing quality control issues. He rented an Audi A5 Sportback which he used every day on his short commute to work, or to take his kids to soccer practice or gymnastics lessons.
Last November, Moniz found himself with two attractive options thanks to a strong used-car market: he could return his mileage to the dealership a little earlier, or buy it at its residual value and sell it for a profit. He answered the siren’s call, reset his A5 a month ago (earning $6000 cash), and placed his order for a 2022 long-range Tesla Model 3.
He tells us what he loves most about his car.
“You have three options with the Model 3,” Muniz said. “I didn’t need the most expensive [trim] – The mind is [standard] 18 inch white [Aero] Wheels. I decided to go long distances because it is a four-wheel drive. We live in Canada where there is snow, and 4WD is historically better in terrible driving conditions.
“I’m against buying the most expensive car; I’ve always felt that cars were a bad investment because they go down so fast. I felt comfortable paying more because Teslas has the lowest depreciation value. Tesla offers leasing, but you can’t buy the car after that. You also have the option to finance it, which is What I decided to do.The process was very easy.
“I loved how buying a Tesla was kind of like ordering a phone: you can go online, select the model you want, and make a small deposit ($250 in this case). The road was less stressful than getting into a deal and haggling with some salesperson. The only drawback. They need better customer support – the only time you talk to someone is when your car is ready.
Plus, there’s something little known with Tesla that people on Tesla Discord servers and in Tesla communities have noticed: The more expensive it is to select a vehicle — even just adding a color option, the faster you can get the vehicle.
“I can go on for hours,” said the tech-minded Moniz. “I love the car. The first thing I did was go through every screen to just play with the tech because there are so many cool things out there. It has many features that other cars don’t have now because of Elon [Musk] It is invested in actual technology. Tried all the voice commands. They have a really good voice assistant that allows you to control the car with your voice while driving.
“I just bought the full self-driving package. The cool thing is that it’s already in the car, and if you want it in the future, you can pay $10,000 to activate it. [Even without it]There are things in the car that give you a little taste of it, like autopilot. Seeing your car in real time on the screen as cars pass by and things around you was probably the coolest thing to me. If a car or someone approaches your blind spot, the car will start to turn slightly red on the screen to let you know that it is in your blind spot. ”
“One thing I had to get used to is regenerative braking. Unlike a gas powered car, unless it’s a hybrid, when you let go of the pedal in a Tesla, you’re actually recharging into the big battery pack for reuse again with kinetic energy. On top of that. That, don’t use the brakes. So, you could literally drive a Tesla for years and avoid using the brakes 95 percent of the time and never have to replace them. It took me a few hours to get used to one-pedal driving, but now I can start really hard.”
While the stars lined up with Moniz when he bought his car, the tech reviewer shares some closing thoughts for those considering an EV.
“I think we’re in the early stages,” Muniz said. “Cars – at least the good ones – are still really expensive. Lo [you] You really want to get into the market, wait for the chip shortage to end, and all of these companies are releasing their cars in the next year or two. This will provide a lot of competition compared to what we have now. You’ll find a better deal and [a greater] Choice to choose from. ”
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A closer look: 2022 Tesla Model 3 Long Range 4WD
“The coolest thing about ordering this kind of car is just getting in touch with it,” Muniz said. “There are lots of little controls on your phone that let you access your car. When I get home, I plug in [the car] Its in the charger, and I can see it on my phone. I can unplug the charger, schedule it to preheat for 9am or check dashcam footage (guarded mode) right from my phone. There are simple things, too. Like, I no longer need to carry the keys because the bluetooth on my phone allows me to access the car. So, as soon as I get in the car, life kind of comes alive, I open the door, get in, and drive. There is no ignition and no push button. It’s kind of always turned on, which I found really exciting.”
“One of the main things I love about the car, and what pretty much every EV owner will say, is the acceleration,” Muniz said. “There’s not a lot of speed or anything—I drive the normal speed limit, but a typical internal combustion engine needs a boost of torque. With an EV, it’s instant. You don’t have to wait for that to happen. Once you touch that pedal, the car goes. And you feel it.” It’s like riding on a rollercoaster and putting you back in the seat. So, if you need to overtake anyone who gets into a lane or on the highway, it shouldn’t be a problem with these kinds of cars.”
“One of the best things about a Tesla is that it never feels the same,” Muniz said. “Every year, Elon [Musk] Pushes a major software update, completely changes aspects of the car to make it better. I think this is probably one of the most exciting things about it, it’s like getting a new software update on your phone.
“even with [the recent Holiday software] The update, added tricks like the Light Show, where the car windows will go up and down, the trunk will open, and the lights will start flashing to the music you’re playing. This year, the word Tesla also appeared as the car did its little dance. There are new features added, such as the blind spot camera now appearing to show you a video feed on the screen. “
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