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Old 05-01-2014, 08:58 AM   #1
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Default The Saturn dealership experience is alive and well at Tesla Motors

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The delivery guy walked me through the car’s operation, helped me set up my phone and answered my incessantly stupid questions. At the end of it all, more Tesla employees were there to wave goodbye. One shook my hand vigorously and said “congratulations.” Everyone was so happy. I’m in PR and can spot a fake smile from space. These guys seemed to really like the idea of getting up and going to work every single day. When you’ve just made a major purchase, it helps to make the person feel like they’ve made the right decision.
This all sounds VERY familiar to anyone who bought a Saturn new at a dealership, doesn't it?

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Old 05-01-2014, 09:36 AM   #2
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Default Re: The Saturn dealership experience is alive and well at Tesla Motors

Yes. The only difference is that a Tesla Model S costs about 5 to 6 times what the average Saturn used to cost.

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Old 05-02-2014, 08:56 AM   #3
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Yes. The only difference is that a Tesla Model S costs about 5 to 6 times what the average Saturn used to cost.
Right. It's odd that we expect top-notch service when ordering a $50 steak dinner, but are willing to accept second-rate treatment when buying a $22,000 sedan.

Even a guy buying a new Mitsubishi Mirage should expect first-class customer service. He's spending thirteen thousand dollars, ferchrissakes. That's two weeks' work for surgeon or almost a year's work for someone making minimum wage.

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Old 05-03-2014, 02:06 AM   #4
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This all sounds VERY familiar to anyone who bought a Saturn new at a dealership, doesn't it?
Having bought two Saturns new from Saturn of Norwood (Massachusetts), I frequently lament the loss of the Saturn retailer experience. There was nothing like it in the non-luxury car price range. (and I agree with your other sentiment!)

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Old 05-12-2014, 08:14 PM   #5
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Default Re: The Saturn dealership experience is alive and well at Tesla Motors

The average sell price of Tesla is now over $100,000

For that kind of money, the car would have to produce a continuous orgasm every time I drive it.

Nissan Leaf after tax breaks is only $21k.

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Old 07-03-2014, 01:27 AM   #6
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Default Re: The Saturn dealership experience is alive and well at Tesla Motors

I work with a few Tesla owners, and they typically have spent $55k-$70k on their cars. (my friend ordered a 40kWh model, which accounts for the lower price) It looks, feels, and drives like a car of that price... if not at the top end of what you would expect.

I don't understand why on earth Tesla is any different than any other expensive luxury car. You don't see anyone complaining about 7 series pricing.

Where the Tesla will shine is its zero maintenance and up to a 10x reduction in fuel cost. With that, it becomes economically equivalent with less expensive cars.

But anyway, i'll keep my 3 year old LEAF instead.

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Old 07-03-2014, 11:39 PM   #7
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Because EVERY Average Joe and Average Jane can go into a Tesla dealership and buy a Tesla...

Give me a large break.

While I am all for Electric vehicles- no one in Average world is going to be able to afford an Electric vehicle if they are over $40K!!!!

I think it is easy for anyone to say that they CAN afford it- if they are making bank money, but to those of us who are working to support a family- it is ridiculous that Electric vehicles aren't more affordable.

My theory goes back to the EV-1; had GM not decided to literally crush the potential future capabilities that those cars could have had- the Volt and all of the additional Electric cars that are out now could have been much more affordable so that everyone could at least have a chance to own or at least, lease an electric vehicle.

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Yes, He has high experience of dealership and sell many products at high profit.

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