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How to own a Tesla Model 3 for free in 2019

Last update: Thu Aug 08 2019

Like many of you, I wanted a Model 3 with as little ownership costs as possible. Using Getaround and Turo, popular car sharing services, I was able to essentially get a free Model 3 with minimal effort.

This will one day be possible once the full self-driving car Tesla Taxi app is released, but for now – we're stuck monetizing our assets the old-fashioned way.

First, some numbers:

  • Tesla Model 3 Monthly Lease Payment: $399/mo
  • Insurance: $118/mo (with Electrade insurance)
  • Charging Costs: $12.48/mo (416 miles/mo at $0.03/mile)
  • Total monthly ownership cost: $529.48

So as long as I can make $530 a month renting out my Model 3, it is free to drive for 416 miles a month.

Now how many days do I need to rent my Tesla to break even? Some more numbers:

  • Getaround per hour rental rate: $40/hr
  • Turo per day rental rate: $156

This comes out to 4 full rental days on Turo or 5.5 rental days on Getaround before my Tesla starts paying for itself.

Basically I rent it out for 1 week a month to enjoy the other 3 weeks to myself - not bad, eh?


Guest writer: Suhas Dunkel

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