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by BrandonBogle
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

My 2013 has 66k miles and still gets 262 rated miles (out of 265) on a full charge (last checked in August 2017). Just a datapoint. I still get over 100 kW regularly when Supercharging (30x times so far this year alone). I’m not concerned my battery won’t last 400k miles, but it’s highly unlikely th...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

That is, again, assuming the battery pack lasts that long. Based on owners' reported experiences so far and my familiarity with lithium-ion battery performance in other applications, I think we can at this point be very confident in battery packs typically lasting beyond 100,000 miles, and probably...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

While that Charger may be Super great, it isn’t a Supercharger. Thanks folks, I’ll be here all week! :D I'm not sure, because I usually get this wrong, but it's not even technically a Charger, just a Connector, because it doesn't convert to DC (which takes place in the car). It would depend on wher...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

TomatoTomahto wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:54 pm
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While that Charger may be Super great, it isn’t a Supercharger. Thanks folks, I’ll be here all week! :D
by BrandonBogle
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

Not the case, at least on the East coast. In over 1.5 years, I had to wait for a charger once, because idiots in an ICE decided to park there. It was only a 5 minute wait before the idiots moved their car. I didn’t even have time to get them a ticket or a tow. My friend (an attorney) said this: "Ma...
by BrandonBogle
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

We are on plugshare and have only ever had one person charge here. Rocky Mount NC supercharger rarely has cars, at most one or two during daylight. Where is the Raleigh supercharger? No model 3s observed at Raleigh sales or service center yesterday. I got an email showing car hauler full of 3's in ...
by BrandonBogle
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

I continue to see articles and comments about how crowded the Supercharger network is becoming. I would take that into consideration, especially as the Model 3s come to market. Generally speaking, outside of California it hasn’t been an issue. In NC it definitely hasn’t and there are multiple Super...
by BrandonBogle
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

While I'm not thrilled about it, I am willing to pay the 42k cost of a model 3 (49k for extended range - 7.5k credit). On the other hand, I could buy a Bolt for about 7k less, but not have access to a Supercharger networks. But I am struggling to think about whether the supercharger network would s...
by BrandonBogle
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

My Model S has cost me in maintenance a grand total of around $300 in almost 3 years. Tire rotation every 5k miles or whenever - $0 (done at Tesla b/c they also give me a free wash) Windshield wipers in late 2015 - $43.36 (bought at Amazon) Cabin air filter in early 2016 - $8.25 (bought at Tesla) Wi...
by BrandonBogle
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

I got an email today saying my expected delivery period is being revised farther out. I'm a March 31, 2016 reservation holder. non-employee. non-tesla owner. I logged in, and it has not changed yet. Anyone else get a similar email? Has your date been revised? Mine changed from Oct - Dec 2017 to Nov...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

As a side note on the Model 3 wheels, if you remove the cover and put Tesla or aftermarket caps from the Model S on the lug nuts and center hub, it looks pretty good. Or just take’em off and leav’em off. https://electrek.co/2017/08/15/tesla-model-3-aero-wheels-caps/ There is no way I would pay $150...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

Doesn't require an expensive charging station in my garage. Just an FYI that all Teslas comes with the charger standard. You can get a higher power one if you want, but the provided charger will do 110v-240v without any special add-ons (beyond a standard plug to plug into). I plug mine into an RV o...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

I have to say I don't get the Tesla thing. Bogleheads are constantly saying do not buy the first model year of a new design. Tesla is way beyond that! First model year of entirely new technology! I don't know why anyone would do this for any reason other than being an early adopter or maybe it is a...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 284
Views: 19462

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

The question also becomes do I spend $60K to get new Model 3 or get a certified S for the same price? Although I do not think I can get 310 miles used S in that budget. My 265 mile Model S cost less than that and it had the color and wheels and such I wanted. As a side note on the Model 3 wheels, i...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 1002
Views: 173432

Re: Tesla S

At what point will a used Model S cross the new Model 3 price? There is Model S with 3 years left of the bumper to bumper warranty available in NC just over $36k. I know people in other states who bought new (inventory/demo models with less than 10k miles though) in the $40s. So potentially, that p...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Third time in my 32 year career I have been laid off
Replies: 87
Views: 10250

Re: Third time in my 32 year career I have been laid off

Felix, since you weren't prepared for retirement, there is nothing wrong in searching for employment. But to the question, yes, you are in a position to retire now. Someone else mentioned the point of something to retire TO vs. FROM, so you may prefer to find some employment rather than immediately ...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 1002
Views: 173432

Re: Tesla S

Read an article today. A little scary. http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/tesla-is-struggling-to-build-the-model-3-%e2%80%94-heres-why/ss-AAt1Jfk?ocid=spartandhp#image=1 While this is a Model S thread, I'll comment anyways. I had always felt there were going to be delays, but I'm not worried ...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Paris - should we buy tickets in advance?
Replies: 37
Views: 1743

Re: Visiting Paris - should we buy tickets in advance?

Also, I used FreedomPop for this trip and had service without issue in Paris, Loire Valley, Normandy, Brussels, Amsterdam, and London. I was very happy as the SIM cost me $4.99 (from Best Buy) and service cost me $0.01. Great value and it was very helpful to have data, texting, and international cal...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Paris - should we buy tickets in advance?
Replies: 37
Views: 1743

Re: Visiting Paris - should we buy tickets in advance?

One place that does not take American credit cards: The Paris Metro automated kiosks. You can use a credit card at the manned windows so plan ahead to get tickets at a place and time when lines are minimal. I was there a few weeks ago and had no issue using my card at the kiosks, it would pop up as...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Paris - should we buy tickets in advance?
Replies: 37
Views: 1743

Re: Visiting Paris - should we buy tickets in advance?

One place that does not take American credit cards: The Paris Metro automated kiosks. You can use a credit card at the manned windows so plan ahead to get tickets at a place and time when lines are minimal. This was one of the two places I couldn't use my phone's NFC payment nor my Fidelity Visa ca...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Paris - should we buy tickets in advance?
Replies: 37
Views: 1743

Re: Visiting Paris - should we buy tickets in advance?

Not sure about the museums. I suspect there are package deals on passes to museums. I know there are metro cards that will cover you for riding the metro - those are usually a good deal. Euros you can get at an ATM. You probably won't need a lot - most places take cards. I completely agree. I just ...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What phone carrier?
Replies: 16
Views: 1718

Re: What phone carrier?

Your verizon iphone SE will work on sprint/boost but it doesn't have LTE band 41 so won't get the very best speeds. It probably doesn't matter too much. If boost works why not switch to the free year of sprint unlimited. Costs about $3.5 a month in taxes and fees. Requires a hard pull since it is p...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard charged me $140 in service fees
Replies: 31
Views: 5698

Re: Vanguard charged me $140 in service fees

This thread made me look b/c the only fee I've noticed is my $7 quarterly fee in my 401k (I'm no longer w/ that employer, or else the fee wouldn't be assessed). I do have an IRA there with about $7k in TSM though and haven't been charged a fee (and wasn't expecting to be either), so I dug further an...
by BrandonBogle
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tesla Financing
Replies: 22
Views: 2359

Re: Tesla Financing

Back on the financing topic, I financed my Model S at 100% of purchase price at 1.49% for 65 months at Digital Federal Credit Union. It was an easy process and my payments are all ok autopilot (pun intended). I could have paid some down or even all of it, but it meant using rollover capital losses a...
by BrandonBogle
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4514

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

There was lots of discussion about this on the Tesla forums as people were evacuating. During the evacuation and on the road back to recovery, there were no reported problems of Tesla owners having charging issues. Florida has a number of Superchargers on top of a number of slower charging options, ...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile phone SIM advice for multiple countries in Europe
Replies: 30
Views: 1865

Re: Mobile phone SIM advice for multiple countries in Europe

Do you have to be an existing Freedom Pop customer to use this? If not, it seems like a great alternative to local SIMs. -Steph No. You get a new line when getting the SIM regardless of if you make a new account for it or add it to an existing account. Do note that I mentioned it has limitations, w...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mobile phone SIM advice for multiple countries in Europe
Replies: 30
Views: 1865

Re: Mobile phone SIM advice for multiple countries in Europe

I just wanted to update this thread with my results on my current trip. I am using a FreedomPop Global SIM bought from Best Buy for $5. So far it has been great. I got service in the U.S., Dublin, Paris, Normandy, Brussels, Amsterdam, and London. It takes a few minutes to connect at first and someti...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ATM card for overseas travel
Replies: 25
Views: 1717

Re: ATM card for overseas travel

Definitely take a backup. An ATM ate my Schwab atm card in Egypt. Schwab would have sent another one in 2 business days but we were leaving the next day so declined the offer. This has been my concern. I may have to take a look at Schwalb, but at the moment, I use Wells Fargo. My backup is that I h...
by BrandonBogle
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge Protector for Refrigerator
Replies: 36
Views: 3568

Re: Surge Protector for Refrigerator

Brandon, Can you expand on this? I'm not the quickest wit so I need a simple/slow explanation. I've got several of the half-heights next to each other in my panel so I think I'm violating this rule. Actually, on my panel all of the neutrals and grounds go to the same bar. If you have a shared neutr...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge Protector for Refrigerator
Replies: 36
Views: 3568

Re: Surge Protector for Refrigerator

I don't know about those specific units, but the Eaton on my house is sacrificial. If both green lights aren't on (likely due to a surge), the unit must be replaced.
by BrandonBogle
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge Protector for Refrigerator
Replies: 36
Views: 3568

Re: Surge Protector for Refrigerator

Not meaning to highjack this thread but my electrical panel doesn't have any open slots to add more circuit breakers. It's my understanding that all these require adding a breaker to install. Any other options for me? Recall there are half-height 120v breakers (2x will fit in the space of 1x full-h...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cricket Wireless Groups
Replies: 31
Views: 3118

Re: Cricket Wireless Groups

You MUST make sure that anyone joining the group has access to AT&T coverage if you are with Cricket. We were not able to use T-Mobile or related brands as we don't have coverage. None of the people in our group had any good access to Sprint coverage. Isn't AT&T coverage ubiquitous? Right now I am ...
by BrandonBogle
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New cars w/ no CD player -- what can I do with my CDs?
Replies: 47
Views: 7032

Re: New cars w/ no CD player -- what can I do with my CDs?

My prior vehicle, a 2006 Toyota 4Runner, had a stock sound system that played CD players and also MP3 CDs. To aid in keeping only a few CDs handy, over time I ripped all my CDs to MP3 and burned MP3 CDs to use in my truck. When I switched vehicles, my current vehicle doesn't have a CD player, but do...
by BrandonBogle
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge Protector for Refrigerator
Replies: 36
Views: 3568

Re: Surge Protector for Refrigerator

You could also look into a whole house surge protector - I believe that exists. This is what I did. I have high end surge protector's on my TV and computer equipment, but wanted something for the fridge, washer, dryer, water heater, oven, etc. as a just-in-case. Got a whole-house surge protector ad...
by BrandonBogle
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early Retirement - what to do about healthcare?
Replies: 228
Views: 28202

Re: Early Retirement - what to do about healthcare?

My original plan was to retire at 52 and work on pushing that into my 40s. However, my employer only offers retiree medical coverage (the same plans I have, but without the employer subsidy in the premiums) at age 55. It's throwing a wrench in my plans. That said, since I'm in my early 30s, I'm just...
by BrandonBogle
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Surge Protector for Refrigerator
Replies: 36
Views: 3568

Re: Surge Protector for Refrigerator

You could also look into a whole house surge protector - I believe that exists. This is what I did. I have high end surge protector's on my TV and computer equipment, but wanted something for the fridge, washer, dryer, water heater, oven, etc. as a just-in-case. Got a whole-house surge protector ad...
by BrandonBogle
Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Car Should I Buy My Daughter as a Graduation Present
Replies: 150
Views: 10824

Re: Any BHs Had Experience With the Honda Fit?

I had a Nissan Versa rental when in Phoenix for a conference and then drove to the Grand Canyon. I did not enjoy that experience (the drive, the GC itself was great) and it reminded why I dislike the Fit on long, non-flat drives. But then, I'm biased as our Fit isn't my daily driver and ours doesn't...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What Car Should I Buy My Daughter as a Graduation Present
Replies: 150
Views: 10824

Re: Any BHs Had Experience With the Honda Fit?

We have a 2011 Fit Sport that currently sports 180k miles on the odometer. Our experience matches these posts: For highway driving it was just too loud. Revved at 4000-5000 rpm, and you heard every one of its horses. Great city car, parks anywhere and surprisingly spacious inside. I felt very uncomf...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Amazon Buys Whole Foods
Replies: 103
Views: 12535

Re: Amazon Buys Whole Foods

I gather you have both Aldis in the USA? - the company was split into 2 a long time ago In my area, there is no Lidls and I hadn't heard of the company prior to this thread. Around me, there are many (successful) Aldis, Whole Foods, EarthFare, Trader Joes, Walmart Supercenter/Neighborhood Market, T...
by BrandonBogle
Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 35025

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

We have 30 amp / 208V charging at work, which comes to about 6 kW as well. They are not free - $1/hour for the first 5 hours, then $5/hour after that - this is to minimize people hogging plugs - we have well over 100 EVs and 10 charging spots. Hogging plugs was a problem at my work. With only a few...
by BrandonBogle
Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 35025

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

My husband has had his Bolt for about the same amount of time, and concurs almost entirely with you. He's 5'11" too, and we've actually had 5 people in the car for a short drive - no issues about legroom or comfort. He installed his own fast charger, and is very pleased with it as well. I'd be temp...
by BrandonBogle
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Amazon Buys Whole Foods
Replies: 103
Views: 12535

Re: Amazon Buys Whole Foods

Amazon is on the low price/value end and WF is currently on the higher priced/premium end so this will be interesting. They both provide excellent customer experiences though IMO and I enjoy shopping at both. The WF in Chicago and Charlotte are the nicest grocery stores I've ever been to. Where in ...
by BrandonBogle
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 35025

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

I similarly don't often plug in unless I am below 50% and then charge to 90%. That typically means that I also only charge twice a week normally.
by BrandonBogle
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: The Average Mortgage?
Replies: 15
Views: 1411

Re: The Average Mortgage?

You will probably start to see people lock in their rates for much longer now. But refi's for higher balances at higher interest rates doesn't make sense to me. The person in question must have had a large initial downpayment and is refinancing with lower downpayments to use the equity for other pu...
by BrandonBogle
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you canceled cable?
Replies: 90
Views: 7200

Re: Have you canceled cable?

Eventually I do and my cable and internet bill is only $150. If I dropped TV my internet alone would be $89.99 before taxes. Then add Hulu, Netflix, etc and I am back to what I was paying with a less than optimal experience. TiVo these days skips ads, and I can strip out ads of my recordings when I...
by BrandonBogle
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pay Mortgage vs. Buy Bonds
Replies: 61
Views: 6037

Re: Pay Mortgage vs. Buy Bonds

BrandonBogle, My portfolio's dividend/interest income is about the same as the after-tax interest rate on my mortgage. KlangFool Even if my portfolio's rate of return on the bond/FI side was worse than my after-tax interest rate on my mortgage, I would still keep the liquidity. So (looking at Feder...
by BrandonBogle
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pay Mortgage vs. Buy Bonds
Replies: 61
Views: 6037

Re: Pay Mortgage vs. Buy Bonds

In my earlier post (page 1?), I explicitly said it may not be the most financially efficient, but it wouldn't be bad compared to the guaranteed 2.875% (in my case) interest savings. The risk of depressed housing prices and lack of liquidity are there and thus, the potentially less efficiency of havi...
by BrandonBogle
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Pay Mortgage vs. Buy Bonds
Replies: 61
Views: 6037

Re: Pay Mortgage vs. Buy Bonds

2) In any case, if and when the AA's return is lower than the mortgage rate, the investor could pay off or pre-pay the mortgage. It is not a one-time decision. KlangFool This is why I like my earlier thoughts on such Pay Mortgage questions. Rather than pre-pay, build up the funds to pay it off in o...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you canceled cable?
Replies: 90
Views: 7200

Re: Have you canceled cable?

I meant home internet. If I didn't have internet in my home, I would probably have to use the internet on my phone a lot more. Ahh, I misunderstood. But to look for that silver lining so I have some kernel of truth, sometimes SrGrumpy cancels it while away. On my end, I've once was refused to get t...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you canceled cable?
Replies: 90
Views: 7200

Re: Have you canceled cable?

Internet: I cancel every 12-18 months or so when I go away for a few weeks, and then I open a new account when I return, at the introductory rate. This keeps my bill at about $35 a month, via Spectrum, fka Time Warner Cable. I think I'm too reliant on the Internet to do something like this. I use t...