FINN: Drive your new car all-inclusive
FINN: Drive your new car all-inclusive
By: Simon Richardson
Last update 2022-12-17 Reading time 1:49 min

About Autonomy

Autonomy is a subscription service for the Tesla Model 3, with a 30-day rolling contract following the initial 3-month terms. The service is available across California, with pick-up or delivery and the option to increase or decrease the initial down payment to change the monthly contract amount. Autonomy operate exclusively on their app, which works on iOS, and customers will need to add their subscription vehicle to their insurance policy in line with Autonomy’s minimum requirements. Currently, all the Teslas provided by Autonomy are either new or have done under 500 miles.

In 2022 and 2023 Autonomy’s plans an electric vehicle product expansion from the Tesla Model 3 into several automaker brands as well as a geographic expansion across the United States.

How it works

Autonomy’s subscription service is based entirely on their iOS app.

  • Download the app and upload your driver’s license to tart the ID verification and checking service
  • Decide on your preferred start fee and monthly payment amount
  • Receive your contract and sign digitally through the app
  • Pay your refundable security deposit and start fee
  • Drive the car for 3 months and then either extend or cancel at 14 days’ notice

Cost and fees

Autonomy’s security deposit is split into two payments: $100 as a reservation deposit to get you on the waiting list, then $400 to secure a vehicle and book a collection or delivery. Both fees are refundable. The down payment amount can be altered from $1000 to $4900, with the monthly fee sliding from $1000 down to $450, respectively.

The mileage limit for Autonomy’s vehicles is 1000 per month, with every additional mile charged at $0.25.

For insurance, customers must choose a policy add-on that meets all the minimum criteria for California.

Brands and models

Autonomy offer the Tesla Model 3 (2021 edition) in a choice of five colors.

Notice periods

The initial contract lasts for 3 months, reverting to a 30-day rolling contract thereafter. For extension or cancellation, customers must give 14 days’ notice.

What’s Special about Autonomy?

With Teslas being in demand and quite pricey, the chance to get hold of a recent model on subscription is still quite rare. And by offering monthly pricing and the initial down payment on a sliding scale, Autonomy have made a big effort to appeal to different demographics and budgets. The rolling contract also means that there is a high level of flexibility, and the interfacing is done entirely through the iOS app, meaning that the company is both electric and paper-free. Autonomy also offer delivery, which adds an extra layer of flexibility.

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Social media

Autonomy uses Facebook and Instagram for promotions and updates.

Conclusion

Autonomy is a Tesla-exclusive subscription service that works on a 30-day rolling contract following the initial 3-month term. The entirely app-based service is easy to use but currently only available on iOS, and the company themselves are only running in California at this time. Customers can change their monthly payment amount and increase the down payment or vice versa, and the mileage limit is generous but extendable for a fee. Unlike most other car subscription services, Autonomy does not cover insurance.

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  1. I was one of the first members from Florida process was very easy efficient and have no complaints so far I believe I got a very good price even though it was before the Tesla price drop. Shane R - from Shane Ruckle | 2023-01-29
  2. I would give 0 star if I could. At first, their employee promised that as long as I put a down payment, I will get my brand new Tesla model Y next week. Then, the moment I put the money down, they said that they don’t have any model Y car in stock and I have to get the used model 3 car. The worst part is that they sent me the broken charger with the used model 3 car. I ended up paying a lot for using super charger ( as much as paying for the gasoline). I followed up on the replacement after a weekend, and Louis, one of their employee told me that it’s not his department and he doesn’t know. He finished his job forwarding my request. I called customer services and no one picked up. It’s a straight up scam. Like they told you that they will cover registration / repair / services fee. Wait until you run into repair issue and they will make you wait forever. - from Linh Ng | 2023-01-17
  3. Couldn't be happier with Autonomy. Process was super fast, the Tesla 3 is beautiful, and Autonomy even paid for a flat tire. Will absolutely get another car through them. - from Kyle | 2022-12-27
  4. I'm a subscriber of Autonomy Tesla Model 3, and I couldn't be more satisfied. The user experience is amazing, the end-to-end process took less than a day a half between registration on the app to me seating in a brand new Tesla. Customer service is fantastic, easily reachable, on top of every questions and aspects of the subscription. This is in sharp contrast with other subscription services which are either more expensive, or out of stock, or have a terrible user experience (I've compared all offers available in Los Angeles and actually tried Kyte, they are terrible, so I talk from experience) Couldn't recommend Autonomy more! - from Lucas F | 2022-12-16
  5. Process was quick and simple. I originally submitted my deposit in November, but was personally not ready for pickup or delivery until after my vacation. Picked up where I left off a few weeks later when I got back, added my payment and the next day I was picking up my Model 3. They indicate that pick up process would take 30 minutes, literally took 5 minutes! Scanned a QR code, took a few photos of the vehicle that were added to the app, rep handed me the card keys, set phone access & was ready to go! At the time mats and hub caps were back ordered but were mailed to me within a few days. They’ve also accommodated my request for a level 2 adapter, have yet to receive due to back ordered. Not their fault. In my experience, the communication I had with Autonomy was outstanding. Via text, email, phone call, everyone was a pleasure to speak to. I plan to keep the model 3 well past the 3 month commitment and look forward to other vehicles, promotions in the pipeline. The beauty of this “subscription” is that you’re not locked into a financial commitment for 3-5 years depending if you’re leasing or financing. Everyone’s financial situation is different, this allows you to make adjustments without any impact to your credit should you need to return the vehicle after your 3 month commitment to prioritize your income elsewhere. So far I please with the process from A-Z! Well done Autonomy! - from FP | 2022-12-16
  6. They accept every bank in the world but Wells Fargo! Unbelievable and unprofessional. - from Dr joe | 2022-12-06
  7. Got my car and absolutely loved it! It was a brand new model 3. It was awesome. My review is mainly for the process after. I had to chase them down to credit me for a month that I did not use, my deposit, and my security deposit. I gave them about a month to do it on their own but when I saw no traction I decided to email and figure it out. I sent an email and received no response. 9 Days later I sent another email, and finally heard that its being credited (still waiting to see if they credit). Dumbfounded how responsive they were when I was getting the car but the post customer service is terrible. - from Pete | 2022-12-01
  8. If something is too good to be true it usually is…they refuse to tell me how much insurance will cost unless I put down money first. Why would I invest into something I’m not sure I can afford…hidden fees give me the creeps…no thanks - from Zhanai | 2022-11-03
  9. I downloaded the app Monday night and signed up. Tuesday morning at 8am I received a call that I was approved and my Tesla Model 3 was ready. They helped me complete the registration, which took 15 minutes. Wednesday, I picked up the car. Very easy and fast. Super simple. I had some questions and submitted it via chat on the app. Somebody responded within a couple minutes and then they sent a transcript of the chat in an email. I've only had the car for a few hours, but I'm very happy with the process. - from Hank | 2022-10-27
  10. Unfortunately, very disappointing: many calls to reassure that the car is coming. over many many weeks, but nothing is happening. Not something I would rely on. - from Andy | 2022-10-08
  11. Would give 0 stars if possible. I have a perfect driving record, all the money saved, a great job, and still they denied me. But yet Tesla can give me a lease for cheaper monthly? I feel like Autonomy is a scam. I do not recommend this company at all. - from Nathan Falco | 2022-08-23
  12. Was rejected with no reason given. I have a perfect driving record. - from lance | 2022-08-11
  13. The process was quick and straightforward. The people who work for Autonomy are amiable and make themselves readily available if a person has any questions. I am so happy I found this company. I have wanted to drive a Tesla for a while due to gas prices and the environment, and this company makes it possible for people to get in the car of their dreams. - from Tamara Harris | 2022-08-03
  14. Got rejected by them and was given no reason. Was ready to put $4900 down. Pretty unhappy with this company. - from Brendan McGill | 2022-07-20

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