Sight Unseen?

Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Sight Unseen?

Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Sight Unseen?

  • Sight Unseen?

  • Donald Borger

    Member
    June 20, 2022 at 9:07 am

    I wonder how many reservation holders are going to purchase an Aptera without ever seeing it in person, sitting in it or driving it. I’m in the midwest, and it seems like my car will be available before Aptera gets out this way. I’m so excited to get mine, that I’ll probably purchase it sight unseen, and I was wondering if others feel the same. I suppose I could fly out to California to check one out, but that’s a lot of time and money. One might say that for that kind of investment, it’s worthwhile, but I don’t know.

  • robert engelhart

    Member
    June 20, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Ordered a Ford Maverick Hybrid sight unseen love it 45mpg’s driving around Omaha. Can’t wait for my Aptera.

  • Oz (It’s Oz, just Oz)

    Member
    June 20, 2022 at 9:24 am

    I’m a low number reservation holder, in CA. Even though I’m sure I want it, until I sit in a Delta or a production model and actually drive it, I can’t be 100% sure if I would go through with the purchase. I can’t seeing buying something that for some unforeseen reason I might dislike driving. (Regardless of my final preference, I think it will do well, and then my investment would make up for any disappointment.)

  • John Voules

    Member
    June 20, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Everyone has a different threshold for purchase requirements. I won’t buy a used car without a test drive and checking to make sure everything onboard works.

    With a new vehicle…you expect everything to work properly + if any problems it would be a warranty issue.

    With a vehicle that is new to market…if you are weary, maybe best to wait for any corrections or tweaks that the manufacturer may make once owners give feedback from early testing.

    ME…I’m willing to forgo test driving and take immediate delivery, but if I find myself near Carlsbad …definitely would drop in.

    • Joshua Rosen

      Member
      June 20, 2022 at 10:12 am

      It’s a flat out no, I won’t buy a car until I’ve test driven it, usually several times. Suppose the seats are uncomfortable, I can’t know that without trying it. There can be any number of things that could be show stoppers.

      • John Voules

        Member
        June 20, 2022 at 11:40 am

        Hopefully u r near by. I guess you will need to test and then order how you want it.

        • Joshua Rosen

          Member
          June 20, 2022 at 12:24 pm

          Most people will want to test drive before they buy. They are going to have to figure out some method to allow people who don’t live in or near Southern California to test the vehicle. It could be traveling road shows at first or maybe some variant of dealers, sales would have to be direct to prevent gouging but dealers could receive a commission and provide service, perhaps they could have demonstrators who would bring it to customers to test.

    • James Gatan

      Member
      June 20, 2022 at 11:58 am

      I hope Aptera would be one of the exhibitors at the upcoming LA Auto Show on Nov 18-27, so I can see it in person. It’s right about the time that Aptera would release the initial units. Possibly a final production unit would be displayed. If their exhibit offers a test drive..why not! Who knows..

      Given a 2023-2024 delivery window for my pre order (400mi/AWD/ORK), I think it’s just about right. Since I’m in SoCal, I just hope I don’t get included though, with the early release batch (waiting for kinks to be sorted out). No rushing first dibs here..

  • BigSky Country

    Member
    June 20, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Since there are plenty of people ahead of me (60 KWh), I don’t have qualms about buying it without test driving. I do think, however, a flight to the west coast from Boston would be both an investment and a vacation given the excitement. If I’m disappointed, my consolation prize is the trip and saving $40k

    • kerbe2705

      Member
      June 20, 2022 at 8:41 pm

      @BigSky Country Carry that half-full glass up those stairs! Nothing quite so fine as a positive attitude!

  • robert engelhart

    Member
    June 20, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    I am a ways down the list, so many will be sold and endlessly reviewed before I get one.

  • Scott Price

    Member
    June 20, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    I will want a test drive before purchasing. I also intentionally waited a bit to place my order so that initial bugs can hopefully be worked out on the earliest production / real world vehicles. I am concerned about the unfortunate decisions to implement the view-blocking mid-side-window frames and the steering yoke, so will want to test drive to determine how bad/acceptable those design elements are. Fit/finish/quality, comfort, driving characteristics, UI/HMI, and handling will all be additional qualifiers that nobody can yet know at this early point and the dry tech spec numbers do not provide answers.

  • Dan Roberts

    Member
    June 20, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    I live in California and am around the 5000 number so I should have plenty of opportunities to see if it is a good fit. I’m 6’4″ and have a long torso plus have a very stiff back. I can fit in a Honda CRX so I shouldn’t have too much to worry about. I want to ensure I can enter and exit without issue as I have some mobility challenges. I’m not opposed to putting in an aftermarket seat if all else is a-ok. I look forward to at least sitting in an Aptera before I finalize my order. A test drive is not necessary.

  • Ray Holan

    Moderator
    June 20, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Once Apterae are produced, I’m sure a good number of the enthusiastic early owners would be open to getting a visit from another Aptera fan who is further down the waiting list. Whether they’d let someone else drive it is another matter, but I’d think a ride in the passenger seat should be doable.

  • Gary Greenway

    Member
    June 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    There are 16000 reservations before me. So, there will be thousands of people offering their reviews (no, not all on YouTube). I’ll sift through the opinions and find what is important to me. That is likely the only way I’ll see one before mine is delivered. FYI, I’m from the Jeep world where no manufacturers decision is sacred. If we don’t like it, we just change it to suit our needs. The Aptera is no different.

  • Steven G. Bueche

    Member
    June 21, 2022 at 4:26 am

    I have to admit that it’s smaller than I suspected after seeing it in the latest webinar. But I still want one. II will take delivery sight unseen. If some any reason it doesn’t work for me I will sell it. I’m sure when faced with the waiting list I’ll be able to sell it for a higher price like the Tesla. But I don’t foresee this happening because it’ll be the coolest thing on the road for years to come. I’ll make it work.

  • Che McKittrick

    Member
    June 21, 2022 at 4:39 am

    I’m sure it will be at least 2024 before I get mine. In the meantime there will be others who will receive Aptera before me. I’m sure they’ll have plenty to say about the vehicle. If it turns out to be mostly negative then I’ll cancel.

    I also like the idea of the company bringing a production ready vehicle to car shows around the country and offering test drives. I would also recommend giving reservation holders first chance at signing up for the test drive.

  • Jeffrey Reynolds Reynolds

    Member
    June 24, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    You’d think that the “sight unseen” portion would also be dependent on the number of cars on the road at the time your purchase chance comes up.

    Let’s face it — this car is a fairly radical change from a “normal” car, either ICE or electric. Styling, handling, appearance. But you’re aware of that already, otherwise you wouldn’t have put a down payment on it. However, we can still compare this to a normal car purchase: When you arrive at the dealer, you already have a fair idea of the car you want to purchase. You know it’s specs, appearance, interior and have a good idea about it’s handling characteristics. You don’t suddenly arrive at the dealership for a car and discover that it’s actually a 4-door pickup and you were expecting a 2-door coupe. It’s the price and the “little things” that will determine it for you (for instance, in my current ICE car, you can change between presets on the radio but it’s almost impossible for the driver to change channels without looking away from the road and leaning 1/2 way across the car to reach the button — very annoying, but certainly not a deal breaker).

    If you’re one of the first owners of an Aptera, you’re probably right to wonder about buying it sight-unseen. Although I suspect that most of them are “early adopters” and are purchasing it for that reason. As more and more Apteras come onto the road, especially with social media, then there will be review after review, personal experiences, car groups, etc that will eliminate many of the unknowns. Ultimately, if you’re one of the later buyers, you’re not really buying it sight unseen — you will already know what to expect. It will come down to price, styling preference (i.e. do you want a 3-wheel vehicle or not), and you’ll be aware of the little things before you sit in it.

    just my $0.02 (with inflation, $0.021)

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