If you read Automotive News, they keep,finding ways to train dealers to upsell, cross sell, add value and revenue-ize customers to maintain a constant growing service revenue stream. Meaning "dewey cheatem and how".
EVs are a consumer good and a dealership bad. Service revenues built the empire. Time to tear it down.
I just read a post on Facebook about someone who said a Chevy shop charged him $845 for replacing brakes that "delaminated" on his Volt. I have to wonder what that was all about. Other than a dealership being a dealership.
I hate dealerships - where'd you get the idea they are sweathearts?
I also think conventional dealerships are a huge (HUGE) problem in the advent of EVs. Mainly because service revenues will slow down considerably. Brake jobs? Low or none.
Nationally, the auto dealership model itself grew into a monster with excessive labor costs, parts costs and "fraud" in many cases where dealerships gave forth menus of extraneous maintenance cycles that the car manufacturers didn't even print. They do 29-point "free" inspections in order to find "additional work" to be done on your car. If a shock is slightly leaking, they want to do four-point shock replacements, springs and alignment for $1000+.
Why are dealerships a problem? Because they have to build "bigger and bigger" buildings, hire more and more people, learn about more and more vehicles every year and it just doesn't fit the original Ford model of one car, everyone drives it. Tesla is a bit more like that because they have 1.5 models. The MS and the MX designed around the MS chassis. Mechanics need one or two models experience. All parts are generally the same. Cookie cutter.
America's capitalism caused the Automakers, unions, their dealerships and even independent service centers to simply go into "cash consumption mode" which hurts all consumers.
Next, look at Tesla themselves, their out of warranty repair costs are large, parts costs are large (due to low quantity of parts) and so on. The only way this works out is if consumers can buy parts direct from the OEM suppliers and not from Tesla as the middle-man. EVs need to be workable by home mechanics, local shops and those who don't demand $100/hr labor for an ITT graduate to fiddle with and write down excessive hours spent doing relatively little work.
How many of them were stockholders and would not choose to hurt their holdings?
A huge number of fatalities are DUI oriented. Many also are "hey, watch this" type events when trying to impress their friends. Fairly few are simple one-driver who drives off the road due to simple inattention. Yes, DUI guys can continue to "drive illegally" with Autopilot and perhaps come to rely on it to get them home.
There is one stretch of road near my house where I've picked up dozens of cheap vodka bottles some guy throws in the same spot - 1.5 liter bottles - they collect at a rate of 2 per week on this road and it's disgusting. He seems to continue to live-on somehow. Maybe he should get Autopilot?
You're insane. I've bought three cars this year from "independent dealerships". The last one was under 1-hour, paid cash, never even tried to sell me an extended warranty. Were very nice. The prior two from another dealership, simple no pressure salesperson, fast F&I, only trouble was 2nd F&I guy who was pushing extended warranty by hassling me to try to make me think that there would be trouble ahead. I almost walked out but just said one thing - one simple thing - that we all have freedom to say. The word is "no". If everyone has such thin skin to think that someone trying to sell something minor is "abuse" then you really were raised poorly.
This could be Otto looking to force new purchases. First rule of a system is to protect the system. It's like home owners expecting insurance companies to pay for their flooded homes because they live near the water.
Don't forget that during the one-hour stop for a charge, someone ends up going into a restaurant for lunch and/or other activities. The tip alone on the bill costs more than half my gas.
One X with 131 and other with 302 miles. Never to be driven again. Life in the fast lane.
Reminds me of a goon sales guy I worked with in the 1990s who bought a BMW 540, took it out first night with his brother and rolled it.
A woman friend of mine is the same way. She told me in August she was interested in a Tesla herself. She used to work at GM, actually. She also has had some health issues and has been travelling the world. I guess living it up in her final years - but I didn't press her on the years she has left. I asked her if she knew about Tesla's financial situation and she's aware. I said "why not just buy a used one or CPO if you want to try one out and save some cash?"