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    • I completely agree.

      Test drives are super valuable. Everyone who's driven (or even just sat in) my Model 3 has loved it and talked about wanting one. Tesla should be doing everything they can to encourage test drives.

      That said, it is worth noting that the announcement doesn't explicitly say that Tesla's getting rid of test drives. It implies that test drives will no longer be needed, but it doesn't actually say they won't be offered. So it could be that Tesla just wants to emphasize their permissive new return policy and is doing it badly. I wish they'd be more careful about stuff like this though.

      I should also probably mention that while I think Tesla should make test drives readily available for anyone who wants them, I did buy mine without a test drive. I had never even driven an electric car before!

      When I bought it they were still scrambling to fulfill reservations so there were no Model 3s available for test drives. It was a big risk, but I knew I'd made a good decision the instant I rolled out of the service bay. 😄

    • I am going to guess it was early 2007. I was active on ADV RIDER and came to Vegas from Alaska as a reconn to verify I wanted to move here. I remember that the REPS from smart Cars were giving test rides at the Fashion Place mall. You had to wait in line for over an hour but it was 110 degrees...so, what else do you have to do? I did not realize one of the reps was an ADV guy....I think out of Cali somewhere....but, when they came out, the perception were these were super economical aka earth friendly. Turns out by square inch and horsepower, they are a pretty lousy contraption but certainly having strong novelty power.

      My point is that if Tesla did away with a retail showroom floor, I have no doubt they could do rock star tours of all the malls of Amerika and give plenty of test drives.

      BTW...I finally sat in one the other day....the fit and finish is amazing. Does not have the utility I need in a wagon, but, still pimpilicious.