#86: Ben – Reserve a Tesla

Sometimes you want something for so long that the wanting becomes a part of you. When this happens, and the chance to actually have the thing comes along, you find yourself hesitating, stalling, not ready to let go of the wanting.

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I’ve known I wanted a Tesla since the Model S was introduced in 2012, but I also knew that the one I wanted wasn’t being made yet. Tesla declared publicly their long-term strategy, which was to change the entire automotive industry, but also to make an affordable car that was awesome. So I waited.

And then they announced the Model 3, and started taking pre-orders. For $1000, you could secure your place in line to have one of these amazing machines. But I wasn’t ready yet. For one thing, Will had just started at Sandhill, so all big purchases were on hold until we knew how long he would be there. For another, I wasn’t ready to let go of the wanting.

As it turned out, serendipity helped me make the decision. A coworker of mine decided to buy into the DIY-camper-van lifestyle, which meant he wasn’t going to use his Model 3 reservation. So in late February I paid him back his deposit, and he transferred his Tesla account to me, and now it looks like this when I log in:

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It’s likely that if I had finally talked myself into it and put down my own deposit, my delivery date would be sometime in 2019. So thanks, Mick, you helped me trade a year of wanting for a year of having.

I’m really excited to get this car, and I’m also excited to be supporting a company with such a bold vision. If you like long reads about interesting topics, there’s an amazing series of posts at Wait But Why about Elon Musk. You won’t be sorry.

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