Buying a car is a major purchase and one you don’t want to take likely, especially with how high prices are these days.
Teslas are all the rage with the green energy wave of electric vehicles taking over. So you might be considering one.
Automotivist is all for new car tech but some things are more hype than reality.
Before you hop on the Elon train, it’s important to carefully consider all factors before making a major purchase such as a Tesla.
Sure, Tesla’s innovative and may offer certain benefits, but there are also potential drawbacks to consider.
There are tons of places that tell you why you should buy a Tesla but here at Automotivist, we’re looking at the reasons not to.
Some obvious reasons you may want to reconsider purchasing a Tesla include financial considerations, maintenance/repair costs, and the availability of charging infrastructure.
Some may be less obvious.
It’s always a good idea to do your research and weigh the pros and cons before making any major purchasing decision, so you’ve made it to the right place.
Table of Contents
- Limited Range
- Dependence On Charging Infrastructure
- Limited Availability
- Maintenance Concerns
- Wrapping It Up
Tesla’s can be expensive, like really expensive.
Especially when compared to traditional gasoline-powered cars. This might be a significant barrier for some potential buyers if not most.
Oh and you know the coolest part of buying the Tesla, what they call Enhanced Autopilot and Full self-driving capability?
That’s not included.
Those are $6,000 and $15,000 extra regardless of which trim or model you buy.
While Tesla has made significant progress in increasing the range of its electric vehicles, they still have a limited driving range compared to traditional gasoline-powered cars.
This is still a Fact of our modern day.
Sure the average person doesn’t drive 200 miles a day, but what if you do?
If you live in cold climates the battery can lose 30% or more of its range depending on the conditions.
Granted Tesla’s supercharger network is the best, but only if it’s available to you. In rural areas, it could be miles to get to the nearest supercharger.
In dense areas, there could be a wait time just to use it on top of what it takes to charge it up.
The range is still a problem for those who need to drive long distances or who do not have access to charging infrastructure.
That’s why Automotivist prefers Hybrids and Plug-in Hybrids.
Dependence On Charging Infrastructure
As we touched on above, Teslas require access to charging infrastructure in order to function, which can be an issue for those who don’t have access or who don’t want to rely on public charging infrastructure.
To own a Tesla you really need access to charging at home. If you live in an apartment building that means you’ll be relying on superchargers.
Instead of 10 mins at the gas station, it could be 30 mins or more every day. Not to mention that the gas station is probably near where you live, and the supercharger most likely isn’t.
In reality, you don’t want to charge your vehicle at a supercharger that much. Dc fast charging, which Tesla superchargers are can actually be harmful to your vehicle if done too much.
For more info about that check out our article Is DC Fast Charging Actually Bad For Your Electric Car?
Tesla vehicles are not widely available in all parts of the world, and the company has struggled with production and delivery delays in the past.
Since Tesla only manufactures EVs it has gotten hit with supply chain issues both from the chip shortage and the raw material battery shortage.
This could be a problem for those who want to buy a Tesla but live in an area where the vehicles are not sold or are not readily available.
It goes deeper. Let’s say you do happen to get a Tesla in a difficult-to-obtain area.
How will you service it? What if you need spare parts?
There are countless stories in forums of delays and runarounds for owners who have to get service or anything related to their vehicle.
Rich Rebuilds on youtube has documented these calamities multiple times when he has tried to do anything that requires help from Tesla.
Electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than traditional gasoline-powered cars, which can reduce the need for maintenance.
However, the batteries and other components of an electric vehicle can be expensive to replace if they fail which they do even on Teslas.
Yes, Tesla has had battery packs fail.
Now we’re not saying they all do, or if you own a Tesla that it will fail indefinitely, just that it’s a possibility.
EVs generally are easier to maintain than gasoline cars. That’s great and all and a big plus for ownership costs, but EVs are not maintenance-free.
Things do go wrong and even minor ones still need to be fixed, Specially since Tesla’s quality control is not known for being the best.
The number one gripe by far with Tesla is their quality both in terms of materials and assembly.
Even if you disagree with the other 5 reasons not to buy a Tesla, this should seal the deal.
The product is not on par with cars that are solidly priced in the luxury market.
They resemble products put out by American manufacturers in the early 2000s, rather than one by the most valued vehicle manufacturer of all time.
When comparing Tesla’s lineup the Model 3/Y definitely has the worst interior makeup. The simple design of the car actually amplifies the cheap plastics and inferior leatherette.
Without Knobs and switches, the ill-fitting parts stand out.
Oh and the quiet nature of EVs amplifies the squeaks and rattles too.
Panel Gaps, Panel Gaps, Panel Gaps.
If you haven’t heard about it go look at the next Tesla you see in the parking lot. The alignment of panels is atrocious.
The paint resembles that of an economy car. Orange peel with lackluster detail.
Wrapping It Up
So it’s pretty clear that Automotivist isn’t really a fan of Tesla’s. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that they’re a waste of money.
The tech is great, but the product itself has a way to go in terms of quality. The price also needs to come way down.
The fact of the matter is that the best part of a Tesla is the quiet drive and instant torque. That’s not a unique feature of Teslas but all EVs in general.
So with all the legacy automakers pumping out EVs now, there really isn’t a need to buy a Tesla anymore.
P.S. If you’re deciding whether to buy a Tesla or a House, for the love of god please pick the house.3