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Financing a Tesla Model 3

Hey guys! This blog is in conjunction with the very first episode of Chai Tea-V on my YouTube channel. In this show, I will do my best to help you with any questions that you might have with tech, photography, my latest interest, Teslas, and anything else that I make for my channel. I hope you find this show informative and entertaining.

In the first episode, I answer a question that I’ve been asked a lot over the past week, since I made the video about getting a Tesla: What is the best way of paying for the car? Please bear in mind that I am not a financial advisor, and anything I said is only my personal experience. You should ALWAYS seek the help of a financial professional when making big decisions like this.

Now, assuming you’ve decided that you’re gonna buy a Tesla, we’re going to go through the ways that most people use to pay for the car. All the juicy information is on my video:

But in summary, there are 3 common ways, and I’ll outline the pros of each here:

OUTRIGHT PURCHASE This is the cheapest method because you don’t pay anybody any interest. Not to nobody. You can do anything you want with the car because it’s yours. Only works if you have that much money lying around not being used for anything. Is the most cost-effective, unless you can find a way to use that money to make bigger returns on some investment (like stocks, etc) than the amount it would cost to borrow money to buy the car, after tax. In NSW, you get a rebate for stamp duty (about $3000)

CAR LOAN You pay interest as you are borrowing money (usually because you don't have enough cash to pay for it). You can reduce the amount of money you borrow by paying a bigger deposit and / or balloon payment at the end. You can do anything you want with the car because it’s yours. In NSW, you get a rebate for stamp duty (about $3000)

NOVATED LEASE You are borrowing the car, and don’t actually own it, during the term of the lease. You don’t have to pay GST (about $6000). All the expenditures (fuel / charging, insurance, service, insurance, etc) during the life of the lease are budgeted for in the fortnightly deductions, so there’s no bill shock. Costs are taken before paying income tax, so you reduce your tax burden (your taxable income is lower). At the end of the lease, you can give the car back (you need to pay the residual in some way), and then get a new car.

Buying your Tesla outright is the cheapest, but the novated lease also sounds good too, right? There are a few things that you need to remember before you sign on the dotted line for a lease:

  • You cannot modify the vehicle or purchase accessories after the initial order

  • You don’t own the car at the end of the lease, unless you pay the balloon (residual) payment

  • You cannot claim for the charging of your Tesla at home, unless it’s on its own separate meter (but you probably can’t claim this if you buy the car anyway)

  • There are additional fees from the leasing company

  • If you stop working, the rest of the payments come out of your after-tax funds, and you lose all of the advantages

So, there is a lot to think about. I hope I’ve explained things a little bit for you, but please bear in mind, that this is just a layman’s perspective, and I may have missed out some important details. Again, please speak to your accountant or financial advisor, and make your own, informed decision.


Thanks for watching. I hope you find this post useful.


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