Tesla To Finally Sell $35,000 Model 3, Will Sell Cars Online Exclusively
March 1st, 2019
Tesla is finally offering the $35,000 Model 3 that has been in the works for about three years. It will be a base model at $35,000 and include a $1,200 destination fee. Black is the standard color, but opting for another offered color will cost $1,500. You can add additional options that will add to the price such as the color, updated interior, wheels, autopilot, etc. The cars will first be sold to those on the reserved list.
To $35,000 Model 3 interior includes manual adjusting cloth seats and base trim, basic audio, standard maps and navigation, tinted glass roof with ultraviolet and infrared protection, heated side mirrors featuring auto dimming and power folding, music and media over Bluetooth, custom driver profiles, and a center console storage that includes 4 USB ports.
On Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the car-maker will only sell cars online stating that it will "enable us to lower all vehicle prices by about 6 percent on average." With that said, it is obvious that a number of jobs will be lost with their on-site locations. The Tesla stores with the highest traffic will be converted into "galleries" and will no longer be selling cars. Service centers will still exist, but Musk said that it will be on a "same day, if not same-hour" appointment.
Tesla's 102 stores span across 23 states with most of them located in Florida and California. Without a franchised dealership, 27 states have banned the sale of Teslas. Those looking to buy one would have to purchase in another state, and depending on how far they live from the store, could be eligible for home delivery. Texas, which has 10 galleries, can show off the cars within the gallery but if anyone is looking to buy one will have to go online to actually purchase the electric car.
Also, test drives will no longer be offered once everything is finalized to the internet. For those interested in buying a Tesla can take one for a 7 day/1,000-mile test and return it for free.
Teslas cannot be sold in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
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