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by harikaried
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??
Replies: 88
Views: 7899

Re: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??

Oh, and the Tesla Twitter account just responded specifically about $35k model 3 still coming or not: Q: This is awesome! Two questions: is this the Lemur and is the 215 mile, 35K USD before incentives Model 3 still coming? A: yes and yes :) https://twitter.com/Tesla/status/1053315187808190464 I gue...
by harikaried
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??
Replies: 88
Views: 7899

Re: $34k Volt vs $54k Model 3?--help me decide??

I knew the $35k model3 was a lie. Musk confirmed it yesterday. Where's the confirmation? On Twitter, I see these messages from him: Just released lower cost, mid-range Tesla Model 3 & super simple new order page Costs $35k after federal & state tax rebates in California, but true cost of ownership ...
by harikaried
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Insurance Question and how to get out of the deposit
Replies: 26
Views: 3708

Re: Tesla Insurance Question and how to get out of the deposit

How does one get a VIN number before having to commit to the vehicle? Before we got our VIN, I got a quote with just a make, model, and estimated price; and the quote was pretty accurate within $10/mo I believe. If you're getting a AWD, you can try 5YJ3E1EB7JF055000. Or a RWD try 5YJ3E1EA5JF050000....
by harikaried
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 191
Views: 11093

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

At the end of the day, this car is a luxury, not a necessity. Does this mean you won't be driving it every day? (Or even if you did drive it every day, how far?) We're just charging our Model 3 with a regular wall outlet, and that's more than plenty for our daily commute and weekend trips. It charg...
by harikaried
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Used Tesla Model S? What to look for
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Re: Buying Used Tesla Model S? What to look for

Elon Musk has hinted at providing free service-center upgrades to installer faster and/or redundant processing hardware for vehicles that are supposed to support full self-driving. But some say more sensors are needed Elon Musk with a timely response: "~6 months before it [new Tesla chip] is in all...
by harikaried
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PSA: Oct 15th last day to buy Tesla for guarantee to qualify for $7500 federal tax break.
Replies: 4
Views: 850

Re: PSA: Oct 15th last day to buy Tesla for guarantee to qualify for $7500 federal tax break.

I suppose if we want to try to track accuracy of delivery dates, we placed the order for a Model 3 AWD on June 26th with "Delivery in ~3-5 months." We picked it up on September 1st, so 2 months and 1 week is indeed inaccurate given the delivery window. Although before placing the order, the reservat...
by harikaried
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Used Tesla Model S? What to look for
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Re: Buying Used Tesla Model S? What to look for

2- Does 2015 or 2016 model S have the required HW and SW to support future autonomous driving ? Tesla has only claimed since making vehicles with " Autopilot Hardware 2 " (officially referred to as "Full Self-Driving hardware") are capable of full self-driving, and that hardware was introduced in O...
by harikaried
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far
Replies: 55
Views: 7721

Re: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far

Got the version 9 update, and wow! Autopilot and Autosteer are much improved: - showing multiple lanes on all roads (not just highways) - automatic lane change when available lane detected, e.g., turning on the turn signal when the line is still solid will switch when it becomes a dashed line - blin...
by harikaried
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity Files for Four Fidelity ZERO℠ Funds (0.00% ER)
Replies: 753
Views: 73976

Re: Fidelity Files for Four Fidelity ZERO℠ Funds (0.00% ER)

Tried switching to these ZERO funds in our self-employed 401k, and got: The mutual fund you’re trying to buy is closed to new investments. Please use the Mutual Fund Evaluator to find an open fund or call 1-800-544-6666 for assistance. I called them, and the person thought it should be available for...
by harikaried
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3
Replies: 191
Views: 11093

Re: Talk me out of buying a Tesla Model 3

That's too bad b/c the NHSTA propaganda you put forward is false also. Typical TESLA baloney. Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) claimed its Model 3 electric car has the lowest risk of occupant injury of any vehicle in U.S. government tests, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday said th...
by harikaried
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: SEC charges Musk with Fraud!
Replies: 117
Views: 10693

Re: SEC charges Musk with Fraud!!!

The fine was about what I expected - trivially small (about 3 days worth of Tesla's cash burn each from Tesla and Musk) It sounds like Elon Musk is paying both sides of the fine: A Tesla spokesman said that Mr. Musk, a billionaire, would be buying $20 million in Tesla stock. The amount of stock bei...
by harikaried
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: SEC charges Musk with Fraud!
Replies: 117
Views: 10693

Re: SEC charges Musk with Fraud!!!

The market reaction seems to indicate the the potential outcome of SEC barring Elon Musk from both officer and director positions was significantly worse than the settlement outcome of his resigning from chairman of the board. Does this mean the market believes that Tesla is potentially is in a bett...
by harikaried
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far
Replies: 55
Views: 7721

Re: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far

Just updating with some experiences: - there's a lot of road construction nearby, so I was pleasantly surprised that autopilot followed the cones instead of lines (with my hands on the wheel ready to take over) - after changing around some phone settings -- in particular turning off battery optimiza...
by harikaried
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any reasons to not put money down for a Tesla Model 3?
Replies: 62
Views: 5169

Re: Any reasons to not put money down for a Tesla Model 3?

On the flip side, some people have reported placing an order for a Model 3 and scrambling to get money and insurance ready for delivery within 24 hours. So there are problems on both extremes, and generally delivery times can be unpredictable right now. For our own experience, we placed an order for...
by harikaried
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far
Replies: 55
Views: 7721

Re: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far

Oh, in terms of value, it looks like we saved $2700 by ordering and picking up the AWD early. If I try to configure the same vehicle today, AWD is +$2000, paint is +$500, destination/doc is +$200. That's more than 4% discount off the current price for pretty much the same vehicle manufactured 1 mont...
by harikaried
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far
Replies: 55
Views: 7721

Re: Tesla Model 3 Owners: Your experience so far

> 1. Was it worth the money? At least on a spent-so-far-per-day basis, I would guess most consumer purchases aren't worth $15k/day. :shock: > 2. Months of ownership so far 0.15 months > 3. Still positive, negative or somewhere in between (say on a 1-5 scale, 5 being very positive / happy). The vehic...
by harikaried
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Insurance Question and how to get out of the deposit
Replies: 26
Views: 3708

Re: Tesla Insurance Question and how to get out of the deposit

Ah, I can provide an insurance quote update now that we have the VIN for the Model 3 LR AWD. Replacing our 94 Camry, our yearly premium is increasing by $394 or roughly $33/mo. Also, in a previous post, I was wondering about the differences in Comprehensive and Collision, and turns out they just rea...
by harikaried
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25581

Re: Invest in Tesla?

What is this fake news you keep mentioning about Tesla? Sure, there's a difference between negative articles and fake news, and there's all sorts of combinations and levels of deception. Hopefully you can agree that this is fake news: "Musk announces departure from Tesla" https://twitter.com/natash...
by harikaried
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25581

Re: TSLA privatization

If you one decides to stay on as a private investor, how are you able to buy or sell your stock OR how are you able to check the value of your stock? Here's an email that Elon sent to SpaceX employees about (not) going public: https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/3f4idq/elons_email_to_spacex_em...
by harikaried
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25581

Re: Invest in Tesla?

It's only distracting if the CEO spends their time talking about them and spending their energy dealing with them. All public companies have short sellers. I've worked for mostly public companies and don't remember any of the CEOs I've worked for grumbling about them. Could it be that the CEO is sp...
by harikaried
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25581

Re: Invest in Tesla?

Shouldn't a CEO be more focused on building a viable long-term business than going after short sellers? Short sellers distract the business from its long-term mission with attacks that try to push the stock price down. This could be misinformation or fake news to confuse potential buyers or sabotag...
by harikaried
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25581

Re: Invest in Tesla?

Here's the email Elon sent to Tesla employees:

https://www.tesla.com/blog/taking-tesla-private
by harikaried
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25581

Re: Invest in Tesla?

There was an interesting comment from the investor call that is expanded on their shareholder letter regarding the Model 3 competitors. Top 5 trade ins: Toyota Prius, BMW 3-series, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Nissan Leaf July Model 3 sales were 52% of all US mid-sized premium sedan sales. I.e., Model...
by harikaried
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Invest in Tesla?
Replies: 330
Views: 25581

Re: Invest in Tesla?

Not sure when I'll cover my short positions. Maybe I'll ride it all the way to $0; but will probably cover before that. Still decisions to be made. I guess you've done quite a bit of research to put several tens (hundreds?) of thousands of dollars on the line, so I'm wondering if I should get some ...
by harikaried
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Insurance Question and how to get out of the deposit
Replies: 26
Views: 3708

Re: Tesla Insurance Question and how to get out of the deposit

I just called AAA to get an estimate for replacing our ~25 year-old Camry with a Model 3 LR AWD, and overall it increases the yearly premium by $559 where most of that is an additional $448 is for adding comprehensive/collision with $1k deductible. Interestingly, breaking down the comprehensive and ...
by harikaried
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I am excited about Tesla, will buy one, just not sure whether to get the 3 or X or Y and in what order. Now with the federal tax credit for Teslas going away at the end of 2019, it seems likely there will be no federal incentives for the Model Y, which would start production at earliest 2020. Simil...
by harikaried
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I believe the 35k Model 3 will not appear for another year+ if ever. … Actually, possibly never true depending on how one views the "incentives" which of course Tesla refuses to clarify along with the amount of "reservations." What are you trying to say will never be true in regards to the incentiv...
by harikaried
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

M3 reservation holders could probably sell them for a few $100... Just to follow up, ordering (in the US and Canada) is open to anybody without needing a reservation now: https://3.tesla.com/model3/design It sounds like the original reservation date will be a factor for whether one is earlier or la...
by harikaried
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Filling a tank of gas is faster and more convenient than even the ideal supercharging scenarios. I agree that completely filling up a gas tank vs battery is much faster for gas. I was just pointing out for our 250 mile trip, it would be similar amount of time while being more convenient for our usa...
by harikaried
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

M3 reservation holders could probably sell them for a few $100... Unclear how valuable they are at this point. For those looking to buy one of the in-production Model 3 configurations (and are in US or Canada), placing a reservation since last week has sometimes led to the ability to order within 2...
by harikaried
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

But it makes little sense and the logic of stopping the test but keeping the track makes no sense. It doesn't save time to do those tests on a track. It takes longer. It makes total sense if a longer more comprehensive test that provides equivalent or better coverage than an individual test while a...
by harikaried
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

What are people using as the key decision points for LR vs. SR? For us, it was pretty simple to go with LR as we regularly make 250 mile trips to see family. Similarly easy AWD decision for a living in a snowy area. On the other hand, with the constantly expanding Supercharger stations, there will ...
by harikaried
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I am glad we think this is topical to purchasing a Model 3! I suppose one could say it's topical, but is it useful? Probably not. I doubt people writing responses or articles know what's actually going on in the whole manufacturing process, so it's pure speculation if a change is safe or not. Tesla...
by harikaried
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

The pilot manufacturing works out all the little details so that they can run a quality and efficient manufacturing process. This also traditionally means slow update cycle, which doesn't seem to interest Tesla right now (or ever?). Again with software development, there's "waterfall" approaches th...
by harikaried
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Do you think bypassing a standard brake test is off topic for whether to buy a car? This seems similar to the pattern of reducing welds. Just because some tests or welds are removed doesn't mean there are no tests or welds for the vehicle. Redundancy to make sure things are working then evaluate wh...
by harikaried
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will I ever be able to itemize?
Replies: 64
Views: 4638

Re: Will I ever be able to itemize?

I believe one can always itemize even if the standard deduction is larger. There could be cases where one needs to use the same deduction for federal and state, so itemizing less than standard could have higher federal taxes and lower state taxes.
by harikaried
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

So what is starting to happen now is that the bloom is off the rose. The press has turned on Musk/Tesla and the flowery coverage has turned. I'm not sure how long you've been following Tesla news, but there basically has always been negative or misleading reports about Tesla. A decade ago, Top Gear...
by harikaried
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Tesla goes ALL OUT to produce 5k cars in one week. Dang, I'd hate to be the buyer of one of these cars. Where do you see any evidence of Tesla going ALL OUT with the implication of sacrificing quality or non-Model-3 capacity? If anything, Tesla making 7k cars in one week and not only 5k Model 3s se...
by harikaried
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

People are reporting that Model 3 orders seem to be open to all reservations (or at least as recently as reservations made last month). Unclear if this is accidental or on purpose as those placing orders for AWD are seeing 3-5 month delivery estimates while the main Model 3 web page says "Reserve yo...
by harikaried
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Looks like adding Full Self-Driving Capability after delivery for new vehicles will now be $5000 (but still $4000 for existing owners) compared to adding it for $3000 before delivery. So we went ahead and added that to our order. It sounds like there will be significant software updates this summer ...
by harikaried
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

We just configured / ordered the AWD Model 3 (non-performance). The AWD option just became available to us earlier today, and it was reduced to $4000 instead of $5000. The delivery estimate as configured is September to November. It looks like the Performance option for AWD would have moved up the d...
by harikaried
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Why would you even think they could? … it's been proven that Tesla is NOT currently good at ramping up production, and should be taking lessons from the "old guard automakers". Which automakers have the highest EV production right now? As you point out, ramping up can be difficult, and one of the r...
by harikaried
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I am impressed with their current scaling of production volume, and can't imagine how it could be any faster.... Not sure if you were referring to "how it could be any faster" given the current cash constraints or in general, but for the latter, the common behavior to increasing volume for manufact...
by harikaried
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

TravelGeek wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:31 pm
how do they "calculate" or look up the tax credit?
https://fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml
by harikaried
Tue May 22, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 111581

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt both have sold about the same number of cars as the Tesla S over the past 5 years. Just to help provide some numbers for context: In January, Nissan announced that they reached 300,000 Leaf deliveries (introduced 2010): https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114685_300000t...
by harikaried
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Pass-Thru Entities Questions Thread]
Replies: 141
Views: 12085

Re: Queston about pass through income in new tax law

If you want some more context of the previous law, House vs Senate versions, and Conference agreement: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20171218/Joint%20Explanatory%20Statement.pdf B. Treatment of Business Income of Individuals, Trusts, and Estates 1. Deduction for qualified business income (sec....
by harikaried
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you see a meaningful change in your income with new Tax Bill?
Replies: 266
Views: 25154

Re: Do you see a meaningful change in your income with new Tax Bill?

At a glance, the income taxes we would pay goes down by about 20%. Half of that savings is from now being able to use the child tax credit.
by harikaried
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please Post Tax Bill Questions Here [was Tax Bill Omnibus Thread]
Replies: 886
Views: 64349

Re: Tax Bill Omnibus Thread

Does anyone know if the new law impacts flexible spending accounts in any way? My Google search just turned up a bunch of articles from November. Looks like HSA, Health FSA, Dependent Care FSAs are all unchanged. http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20171218/Joint%20Explanatory%20Statement.pdf Page ...
by harikaried
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please Post Tax Bill Questions Here [was Tax Bill Omnibus Thread]
Replies: 886
Views: 64349

Re: Tax Bill Omnibus Thread

On average Schedule A is about $100k per year for me - includes $60k SALT and $16k property tax. I understand my top bracket is now 37% - I guess that more than offsets the loss of $50k SALT deduction? Is that $100k itemized pre-Pease? If your income is around $700k married, your old ~$85k post-Pea...
by harikaried
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please Post Tax Bill Questions Here [was Tax Bill Omnibus Thread]
Replies: 886
Views: 64349

Re: Tax Bill Omnibus Thread

Pardon my ignorance, my kids are in college. They are more than 17 years old and less than 24 years old. The WaPo had an article out this morning on your relative plight The example from WaPo's article with $100,000 married couple with 2 children "the parents lose out," but that's just looking at j...