The Amazing 27,615 Mile 48 State Tesla Road Trip

As many of you know, I took the Tesla on an incredible road trip. One that was longer than the circumference of the EARTH.

My mission? Meet and interview inspiring people in the Tesla as we travel down the road. Here is the recap video from the trip. To see all the videos, please visit Million Dollar Tesla Trip.

8 Reasons Baton Rouge Residents Should Buy a Tesla

If there was a Free Gas Station in Baton Rouge….but ONLY for a specific brand of car….would you buy that car?

What about Free Electricity for a Tesla? Yes, the high price of a Tesla limits this to those with above average earnings, but for those that do, it should be highly considered.  I give you the 8 ReasonsBaton Rouge LA residents should be buying up Tesla’s faster than a dog snaps up piece of dropped steak:

1) Did you know there’s a Tesla SuperCharger (Free Fuel) in Baton Rouge?

How lucky are you? The Tesla SuperCharger (the red dot on the map below) is a FREE fuel source for you. Yes, it’s an expensive car. But if you already drive a BMW, Mercedes, Tahoe or any car over $50,000 you should really consider a Tesla. This 100% electric car means you are no longer contributing to local pollution. No longer sending your $ to the Middle East every time you fill up the tank.

Tesla SuperCharger Baton Rouge LA

Free Charging at the Tesla SuperCharger

 

2) Yes, you have Free access to a SuperCharger. But what’s even better?

Charging up your Tesla in your own garage. Imagine waking up every morning with a full 250 mile range. It’s as easy as plugging in your cell phone every night. Takes about 5 seconds. Costs about $7 if you actually used all 250 the day before. With gas, that would cost at least $25 assuming a 20Mpg car and cheap $2 gas.

Yes, you may need to install a 50Amp plug in your garage. This is a one time cost and can range from $100 to $1000+ depending on how much custom work needs to be done. Mine cost $335.

Of course, if you have solar panels installed, you can run your car entirely on sunshine.

Charging a Tesla in your Garage

3) You get a $7,500 Federal Tax Credit & an $8,000 Louisiana Credit when you buy a new Tesla online. 

That’s right, the $15,500 Tax credit effectively lowers the cost of a Tesla for you. Louisiana has the largest state credit in the USA, making your car very easy to sell to out of state buyers.  However, most Tesla owners are so happy they don’t sell unless upgrading to an even newer model.

4) Tesla is the safest car on the road. Period.

The Tesla Model S has the highest safety rating of any car ever tested.  Why is this? Two main reasons: One, since there is no massive metal engine that can be smashed into the cockpit (and your defenseless body), that space is now a crumple zone to absorb the impact of a collision. Two, since the large battery runs across the entire bottom of the car, it makes it extremely strong. It also has an extremely low center of gravity, so it’s almost impossible to flip.  Isn’t your family worth protecting?

AutoPilot Safety Tesla

5) AutoPilot – Even more safety & convenience features.

Tesla now has the technology to drive itself – if you choose.  Even without this, it has many safety features such as side collision avoidance & adaptive cruise control.  Hate parallel parking? No problem, the Tesla will do this for you as well. Look ma, no hands!

6) A Tesla can replace an SUV in terms of practicality. 

I went from a Ford Explorer and soon found the 4 door, 5 passenger Tesla had as much cargo room as my old SUV. You can fold the seats down and have enough room to carry a bike, a huge flatscreen TV, or even a full size mattress to sleep in the car!  Try that in a Porsche, or 7 series BMW.

7) Think you can’t road trip in a Tesla?

Think again. I just completed a 27,615 mile road trip to all 48 States plus Canada this summer in my Tesla. I used the Tesla SuperChargers, which cost $0.  The same trip in a regular car would have cost $4000.

8) Want to get $1000 Off a New Tesla?

Tesla Referral Discount

Simply use this link:  TeslaRenter.com/Save  to get $1000 off your new car.  Yes, that’s right you actually order this car ONLINE.  Tesla does everything differently…for the better. No haggling with a car dealership who’s trying to rip you off at every chance.

Have any questions about owning or buying a Tesla?  Contact me here.

8 Reasons Flagstaff Residents Should Buy a Tesla

If there was a Free Gas Station in Flagstaff….but ONLY for a specific brand of car….would you buy that car?

What about Free Electricity for a Tesla?  I give you the 8 Reasons Flagstaff AZ residents should be buying up Tesla’s faster than a dog snaps up piece of dropped steak:

1) Did you know there’s a Tesla SuperCharger (Free Fuel) in Flagstaff?

How lucky are you? The Tesla SuperCharger (the red dot on the map below) is a FREE fuel source for you. Yes, it’s an expensive car that not everyone can afford. But if you already drive a BMW, Mercedes, Tahoe or any car over $50,000 you should really consider a Tesla. This 100% electric car means you are no longer contributing to local pollution. No longer sending your $ to the Middle East every time you fill up the tank.

Tesla SuperCharger Flagstaff AZ

Charging for Free in Flagstaff
Charging up for Free at the Flagstaff Courtyard by Marriot

 

2) Yes, you have Free access to a SuperCharger. But what’s even better?

Charging up your Tesla in your own garage. Imagine waking up every morning with a full 250 mile range. It’s as easy as plugging in your cell phone every night. Takes about 5 seconds. Costs about $7 if you actually used all 250 the day before. With gas, that would cost at least $25 assuming a 20Mpg car and cheap $2 gas.

You may need to install a 50Amp plug in your garage. This is a one time cost and can range from $100 to $1000+ depending on how much custom work needs to be done. Mine cost $335.

Of course, if you have solar panels installed, you can run your car entirely on sunshine.

Charging a Tesla in your Garage

3) You get a $7500 Federal Tax Credit when you buy a new Tesla online. 

That’s right, the $7500 Tax credit effectively lowers the cost of a Tesla for you.

4) Tesla is the safest car on the road. Period.

The Tesla Model S has the highest safety rating of any car ever tested.  Why is this? Two main reasons: One, since there is no massive metal engine that can be smashed into the cockpit (and your defenseless body), that space is now a crumple zone to absorb the impact of a collision. Two, since the large battery runs across the entire bottom of the car, it makes it extremely strong. It also has an extremely low center of gravity, so it’s almost impossible to flip.  Isn’t your family worth protecting?

AutoPilot Safety Tesla

5) AutoPilot – Even more safety & convenience features.

Tesla now has the technology to drive itself – if you choose.  Even without this, it has many safety features such as side collision avoidance & adaptive cruise control.  Hate parallel parking? No problem, the Tesla will do this for you as well. Look ma, no hands!

6) A Tesla can replace an SUV in terms of practicality. 

I went from a Ford Explorer and soon found the 4 door, 5 passenger Tesla had as much cargo room as my old SUV. You can fold the seats down and have enough room to carry a bike, a huge flatscreen TV, or even a full size mattress to sleep in the car!  Try that in a Porsche, or 7 series BMW.

7) Think a Tesla isn’t tough enough for the Flagstaff winters?

Think again. Tesla is the number 1 selling vehicle in Norway, and has been for several years. This was before their 4WD version was even available. Obviously, this car performs great in long, cold winters.

8) Want to get $1000 Off a New Tesla?

Tesla Referral Discount

Simply use this link:  TeslaRenter.com/Save  to get $1000 off your new car.  Yes, that’s right you actually order this car ONLINE.  Tesla does everything differently…for the better. No haggling with a car dealership who’s trying to rip you off at every chance.

Have any questions about owning or buying a Tesla?  Contact me here.

Why Every Realtor Should Drive a Tesla

 

Why Every REALTOR should drive a Tesla

Realtors rely on their cars not only for performing their job and driving clients around, but to make a statement about who they are.

Agents have been known to spend top dollar on Mercedes, BMWs & Cadillacs all to help craft the image that they are successful.

While most high end cars will do that, driving a Tesla not only implies you’re a successful Realtor but does much more.

Driving a Tesla says:

  • You are technologically advanced.
  • You care about your community and clean air.
  • You buy American – this shows your loyalty.
  • Not only is your car American made, so is the electrical energy. No more funding the terrorists.
  • You care about your passengers – it’s the safest car ever tested.
  • You are a successful agent, yet practical – it’s more efficient than a Prius.

Benefits to you as a Realtor:

It’s an incredibly practical car. That’s what blew me away almost as much as the fun of driving it.
Even though the Tesla is faster than most Porsche’s, remember it’s a 4 door that fits 5 adults comfortably. Need storage room? Where other cars have engines, the Tesla has open space. The front trunk offers lots of space and there’s plenty of room in the back for signs, posts, golf clubs etc, without even folding down the back seats. Want even more space? Fold the seats down you’ve got enough room to carry bikes,  a huge TV, or even a twin size mattress.

Tesla Cargo for RealtorsMattress in a TeslaScreen Shot 2015-10-14 at 2.39.52 PM

You wake up with a full charge every morning. No more wasting time or money at a gas station.

The GPS Navigation system makes giving tours a breeze. Just say the address into the navigation system and it will guide you there. You can focus on the client…not the directions.

All the new Teslas come with AutoPilot features that vastly increase safety and will eventually let the car drive itself, allowing you to catch up on emails or focus more on your clients, etc as you commute. It’s still a ways off before you can fully disengage attention, but it will happen and it will increase your safety & productivity, and lower your stress on the road.

The large 17″ screen controls the car and can show your website, or the list of houses you want to see on your tour.

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It’s a conversation starter.  Realtors understand the need to always be meeting NEW people. Nothing gets more questions or attention than a TESLA. Just be ready, always have your cards handy and don’t be afraid to give someone a test ride. They won’t forget you.

Need a marketing edge? Use the Tesla to stir up business. Offer rides in the Tesla to see new homes. Brand yourself as the “Green Realtor” if you are authentically interested in that. Don’t be afraid to put a professionally designed logo or web address on the car. Please – no tacky “door magnets” as those won’t stick to the all aluminum body anyway. A professionally designed web address on the bumper or door can dramatically increase calls and awareness in your market. Just make sure it doesn’t degrade the look of the car.

Some Realtors will argue that you don’t want to have too nice a car, as it can be off putting to some clients. To me, the Tesla has the perfect combo of appeal coupled with an understated yet sexy style. It’s not ostentatious like an Italian sports car or an Escalade with blinged out wheels. This feeling is also offset by the fact it’s also just as practical and green as a Prius or Subaru.

What Realtors should NOT get a Tesla?

Maybe if you are a Realtor in west Texas who only deals with Ranches and Horse Property, you might want to stick with your pickup and boots to be true to your market. But for a large percent of Realtors, a Tesla would be the perfect car for you.

Common Questions about a Tesla:

How far does it go on a charge?  If you get the 85 or 90 Kwh battery (which I highly recommend) it will get 250+ miles on a charge. The great part is the “gas station” is in your garage.  You just plug it in at night like you would a cell phone and wake up with a full charge every day. There are also a quickly growing number of public chargers available in every city that you can access if needed, some are pay to use but many are free. While charging at home it’s typically less than $10 for a full 250 mile charge.

How long does it take to charge?  Typical home charging can take 1 to 8 hours to fully charge your Tesla…but since this is all happening while you sleep, it doesn’t really matter.

Concerned about winter driving? Don’t be. The 4WD Tesla is one of the surest footed cars on the road. In fact the Tesla was the best selling car in icy Norway even before the 4WD version was even available.

What about Road Trips?  No problem. With the Tesla SuperCharger network, you get FREE access to the nationwide system that Tesla is rapidly building out. These super fast chargers can fully charge your Tesla in 30-45 minutes, quicker than it takes to grab lunch.  In fact, I just completed a 27,615 mile road trip in my Tesla this summer. All for free. If you happen to live near a SuperCharger you are really ahead of the game, but it’s not needed to still make sense.

What if something goes wrong? Tesla’s warranty is 50,000 miles / 4 years on everything plus an 8 year Unlimited Miles warranty on the drive train and battery. Keep in mind, there is much less that goes wrong with a Tesla. There is NO transmission. NO oil changes. NO radiator. NO spark plugs. NO muffler. You get the idea. Consumer Reports also gave the Tesla the highest score it’s ever given to a car.

Considering a Tesla Model S?

If you are seriously considering a Tesla, you can save $1000 by ordering before Dec. 31st, 2015.  The Tesla Referral program gives $1000 off a new Tesla by using this link  If you are in the Phoenix area, I’m happy to give you a free test drive before Dec. 31st.

Options you MUST get if you are a Realtor

  1. The Panoramic Sun Roof – Not only is the sunroof great for you the driver, it actually adds 2 to 3″ of headroom in the back of the car. This is important if you plan on driving clients around and want to ensure their best experience.
  2. At least the 85 kWh battery – You don’t want to skimp on the range even though most days you will never need all of it. It will also help the resale if you ever sell it. Avoid the 60 or 70 kWh versions.

All the other options are purely based on where you live and your own personal needs.

Want to test drive a Tesla for a day or two?

Rent a Tesla on Turo…I have mine listed in Phoenix AZ but they are available in lots of markets to rent for a day or two before buying. This is a great way to decide if a Tesla is right for you.

Use this link to find a Tesla Rental  in your market.

55 Things I Love About The Tesla Model S

Uber in a Tesla Phoenix & Scottsdale AZ

  1. Made in the USA.
  2. Zero emissions.
  3. You can have the car on in your garage – and not commit suicide.
  4. Automobile Magazine‘s 2013 Car of the Year, a unanimous decision.
  5. Driving by gas stations and just smiling.
  6. It’s sexy as hell.
  7. You are actually happy to catch a yellow light so you can be first out on the green.
  8. As much storage space as my old Explorer SUV.
  9. Motor Trend “Car of the Year 2013.”
  10. With the low center of gravity it has amazing handling and is almost impossible to flip.
  11. No oil leaks in my garage.
  12. No oil changes.
  13. Hardly ever using the brakes since the regenerative braking does the work & recharges the battery.
  14. You actually invent reasons to drive.
  15. Time Magazine Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012 award.
  16. The feeling you are driving the future, right freaking now.
  17. 265 miles on one charge.
  18. Zero to 60 in about 4 seconds with the P85 version. The new P85D is even faster, 3.2 seconds.
  19. Free coast to coast driving with the Tesla SuperCharger network.
  20. It’s more practical than most ugly mini-vans.
  21. 4 doors, 2 trunks & massive storage areas.
  22. So much room you could even sleep in the back like this.
  23. Consumer Reports gave the Model S a score of 99 out of 100, its highest ever.
  24. You wake up every morning with a full charge.
  25. I’m NOT subsidizing foreign oil and funding the terrorists.
  26. Safest car ever tested by the NHTSA.
  27. Getting a quick follow-up call from the exceptionally customer focused Tesla Service Center.
  28. The random “thumbs up” you get pulling up to a stop light.
  29. 2013 World Green Car of the Year.
  30. Cooling off the Tesla remotely before I get in with the Tesla mobile app.
  31. Unlimited Internet music and radio.
  32. Consumer Reports survey of owner satisfaction produced a score of 99 out of 100, “the highest the magazine has seen in years.”
  33. Marveling at how quiet the car is.
  34. Laughing at the online haters, most of who will change their tune once they experience a Tesla in person.
  35. It seats 5 very comfortably.
  36. Two people can easily sleep in the back with the seats down AND have the A/C or heat running all night to keep you comfortable.
  37. The air conditioning works really well, even in the sweltering Phoenix AZ summers.
  38. The sound system is incredible.
  39. HomeLink which has both my garage door openers programmed and automatically pops up when I approach.
  40. When I walk away from the car it locks automatically.
  41. That the Air Suspension remembers (with GPS) where you need it raised to get over curbs or bumps.
  42. Tesla is run by Elon Musk, the boy wonder who also runs SpaceX and SolarCity. Can you say Henry Ford and Steve Jobs rolled into one?
  43. When I return to the car the handles pop out and unlock automatically.
  44. Freaking out kids when you show them the “engine” and it’s the front trunk.
  45. I no longer worry about trying to cluster my trips to save gas.
  46. My used 2012 Tesla gets automatic updates and is just as current as a brand new car.
  47. Tesla’s 8 year unlimited milage warranty for both the battery and drive train/engine.
  48. The Panoramic Sunroof blocks out the sun when you want, but is much larger than most when you want it open.
  49. It’s as easy to charge as your cell phone.
  50. Knowing you will never buy another gas vehicle ever again.
  51. That the engine is about the size of a watermelon, has one gear and is very simple.
  52. No tailpipe.
  53. 2 USB ports, plus a regular Cigarette Lighter Adapter.
  54. Bluetooth access on your phone that pulls up on the 17″ touchscreen.
  55. As much as I love the Model S, I want the Model X even more!

 

What about you?  What do you love about the Tesla Model S?

Tesla Road trip Phoenix to LA

Ever since I bought my used Model S P85 that came with the 21″ performance wheels, I knew it would be a great idea to also get a pair of 19″ wheels that would be better for winter driving as well as putting lots of miles on the car driving for Uber and working on my real estate business.

I found a nice set of 19″ wheels in Los Angeles that were quite a bit less, $1850 (including almost new tires) than buying new (about $3500 new with tires) so I used this as a great excuse to drive to LA to get the wheels.

Watch the video for more.  Where should I go next?