Is This Automaker Throwing Away Your Money?

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Tesla is simultaneously one of the most loved and most hated automakers out there right now. With so many people hoping for a big success, and an equal number betting on a huge failure, even the smallest hiccup can send shares spiraling. That's why Tesla's dangerous game of using customer deposits to fund existing operations heightens the importance of an on-time release for its Model S. Many have patiently waited for this vehicle's release, and with good reason. The success of this vehicle will define Tesla's future as a viable automaker.

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