Things To Consider Before Getting the Tesla Model 3

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There are many things to consider before buying and using the Tesla Model 3 / Photo by: Carlquinn via Wikimedia Commons

 

As is probably expected, selling a fully automated car will not necessarily get you all the customers you want to drive up sales. Tesla has learned this lesson once more when someone sued them over negligence when their relative crashed into a road barrier. The family of the victim blamed the automated features of the car, saying that warnings had been insufficient and that Tesla should do something about it.

On the other hand, getting a Tesla Model 3 is also usually a touted choice, considering the fact that it is largely seen as an eco-friendly car.

Before getting one yourself and trying it out, CNBC offers these things you should consider first.

Whether or not you should invest in the car’s autonomous driving features. Here’s the thing, though, there’s no escape for that feature, especially since it’s in the car. The question is whether it should or should not be activated. It’s important to think about your car needs on a daily basis and what the autonomous feature might bring to you. Weigh sufficiently the pros and the cons.

Charging. Electric cars are cheaper when it comes to maintenance concerned to most cars that run on fossil fuel. However, drivers should be prepared for the cost that will be associated with keeping the car well charged. Says Sam Jaffe of the research firm Cairn ERA, charging is of important consideration especially since charging electric cars has “gotten very expensive.” This is because although there are charging stations in North America, Canada, and Mexico, they’re still relatively few, and will require effort to reach if you’re some distance away from them.

Finally, and this is Tesla’s major point of contention too, is the matter of decreased tax benefits for electric cars. To try and push for electric car use over gas-powered cars, lawmakers have put forward the “Driving America Forward Act” that will “extend the tax credits for an additional 400,000 vehicles for each automaker.”