Saving Up And Trading Up From Ford F-150 To CPO Tesla Model S P85 – Videos
What a journey it’s been.
I’ll never forget December 6th, 2012. That was the day when my love affair for the Tesla Model S began.
Ever since then I found myself defending electric vehicles to no end, but before that day I too was one of the naysayers.
I was young back then, but found myself setting a goal of eventually buying a Tesla Model S. I knew it wouldn’t be easy to achieve my goal, but the plan was set into action.
I went from a minimum wage job, to joining the InsideEVs writing team, to getting my Class A CDL.
Fast forward to February 2016 and I was in desperate need of a new vehicle. My first Ford F-150 was deteriorating quickly with 212,000 miles on the odometer. A Model S, even CPO, was still beyond my means so I traded the Ford truck in for another F-150. I owned this truck from February 10, 2016 through August 5, 2017.
During that time, I had told the Tesla CPO specialist that I wanted to purchase a Model S. From February to May, I started thinking… can I live with the Model S as my only means of transportation? Would I be okay with getting rid of my Ford truck? Then, on June 8th, Tesla set me up with a VIP test drive in a fully loaded Model S 90D with 7 miles on it. During the brief time I had this vehicle, it blew me away. There was no turning back now.
A few days later I met with my Tesla advisor again and told him “let’s do this!” We appraised my F-150, and ran my credit. I was approved for a specific loan amount. However, a new Model S was out of my budget, so again I reached out to the CPO specialist. I was very specific in what I wanted though, so my hopes weren’t too high. Somehow, the specialist located my car – brown P85, with tan interior, loaded with almost every option. Flip forward a bit and I had a deposit figure, as well as a trade-in set for my F-150. It was going to happen!
Problem was the car was out in Los Angeles and I was in the Midwest. It took another 7 weeks to have the car delivered, inspected, details and so on.
It was on August 5, 2017 that my dream of owning a Tesla Model S came true.
I arrive at the Tesla sales and service center in Westmont, IL nearly three hours before my scheduled delivery time of 12:30. I was way too excited I guess. A Tesla employee approaches me and I tell him I’m here to take delivery of my CPO Model S. He tells me he’s got some free time so let’s get it done. This is the point where I took the video of initially walking around the Model S in the “delivery room”. Shortly after, we take it for a spin and it checks out just fine. Time to hand over the keys to my Ford F-150.
The rest, as they say, is history.
I’m proud to say I don’t miss my gas-burner one bit. Range anxiety has never been an issue. There’s no turning back.