- Tesla owners are venting their frustration after missing out on steep price cuts this week.
- One buyer told Bloomberg that he missed the $13,000 discount and would not buy another Tesla.
- Buyers in a Facebook group in the UK asked if they could get a refund after a recent purchase.
Some Tesla buyers who missed out on big price cuts that could save them thousands have attacked electric car maker Elon Musk.
A report from Bloomberg and social media posting sites suggests several owners were furious after Tesla announced big price cuts this week in order to sell more cars.
Bloomberg spoke to three recent buyers who missed the $10,000 Model 3 and $13,000 Model Y cuts.
“I feel cheated. I feel like I’ve been used as a consumer,” Marianne Simmons told Bloomberg after paying more than $77,000 for a Model Y in September.
“I have $13,306 right from the start. It’s such a big reduction that it will affect a lot of people who just bought a vehicle,” she said. Simmons said she would never buy another Tesla as a result.
The cuts follow cuts first made in Asian markets that briefly made Teslas about 40% cheaper in China than in the US. Reuters reported that the cuts sparked protests at some Tesla stores in China.
Tesla has also lowered prices in European countries, including France, Germany and the UK.
Some who said they recently bought a Tesla vented their frustrations on a Facebook group in the UK.
“I feel like I’ve changed a bit here as I only received my Model 3 RWD back in December, it would be nice if Tesla could soften the blow somehow,” one user wrote.
According to the Telegraph, another user wrote: “Just picked up the car yesterday. What should I do? Go to Tesla and return the car? I can’t believe I lost £5,000 within a few hours of picking up the car.”
Jack Bradham told Bloomberg that the long-range black Tesla Model Y now costs $12,000 less than the $69,000 he paid in December.
There is no indication that Tesla will refund recent buyers.
“There is no one to contact. I called and tweeted them, no response,” Bradham told Bloomberg.
James Baggott, editor-in-chief of Car Dealer magazine, told the Press Association news agency that British Tesla buyers who had placed orders at the old prices were able to cancel them, but those who already had their cars were stuck.
“It will also have a big impact on used Tesla prices. Our research has shown that Tesla prices fell by more than a fifth last year, and these new price cuts will have a major negative impact on the used car market.”
The Model Y and Model 3 were two of the UK’s best-selling cars in December, even before the price cuts.
The Model Y has been slashed by £7,000 to around £45,000 ($55,000), while the base Model 3 is now £8,100 cheaper at around £43,000 ($52,600), the Evening Standard reported.
They were the UK’s two best-selling cars last month, with nearly 16,400 registrations.
Tesla said in a statement to the Press Association that some costs had stopped rising, “giving us confidence that we can pass them on to our customers.”
“As local vehicle production continues to grow and we continue to achieve economies of scale around the world, we are making the Model 3 and Model Y even more accessible” in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the company added.
Tesla did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment.