Look, I’ll be honest — if I had Elon Musk as a family member I’d hit him up for a Tesla.
So it only makes sense that Lyndon Rive, SolarCity CEO and Musk’s cousin, figured it was worth asking Musk for a discount on a Tesla. (Musk is also chairman of SolarCity.)
But when Rive finally got around to asking Musk for the discount, he was met with a pretty funny burn.
“I asked, ‘Elon, hey can I have a family discount’ and his answer is, ‘Yeah absolutely. Go to, buy the car online, and the price you see there is the family discount,'” Rive told Tech Insider. “Everyone gets a family discount.”
So there you have it: Musk does not believe in preferential treatment for family members.
“I give Elon credit beyond the fact of being the best entrepreneur in the world — he treats everyone the same. Everyone. There’s no nepotism at all,” Rive said.
Not that the lack of a discount deterred Rive at all. Rive has a Model S and his wife has a Model X, he said.
As for how Rive feels about Musk’s snarky reply?
“It’s totally fair,” Rive said. “For the amount of car you’re getting, it’s a totally fair price.”