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Any last minute advice for SS pickup?

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Al Sherman, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    #1 Al Sherman, Mar 11, 2013
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    T minus 24 hours! I'm heading up to the Columbus SC tomorrow to pickup my car. First I have to spend most of today flying home. Sooo...

    Any last minute advice for pickup at the Service Center. There will be no DS so I'm not really sure what to expect. Plus, it's a new SS. Just opened.

    I'll spend the day getting home and review this thread for anything I can glean from those of you nice enough to give your advice/experience.

    I'm unbelievably excited and a little nervous too. I've never driven a car this powerful, and fast. I'm gonna jump in and drive 170 miles home from Columbus.

    As most of you probably know I've been lurking for a long time. I've been obsessed with this forum for the last 5 months for sure. Thanks to all of you now and in the future.

    That ONE last piece of advice might save me a headache so let me have it please!
     
  2. DCWitt

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    Al,
    Seize the moment and revel in the knowledge that you now own one of the most advanced pieces of technology ever produced!

    oh, and be glad yours wasn't on the same truck as mine, which is now delayed somewhere in Colorado..... Technology still can't control the weather....
    Dennis
     
  3. jayfrost

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    #3 jayfrost, Mar 11, 2013
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    Al

    I am suppose to pick up my Black P85 from the Columbus SC today as well. I stopped by on Sunday and there was a black and white sitting out front. The black was a P85 but the vin was different than mine.

    I am having a full hood armor installed and hope that it gets done today so that I can pick my new obsession. I have so much stuff prepared that my garage is overflowing with boxes.

    Good luck. Maybe we will bump into each other. I have posted in the Midwest forum trying to get a central Ohio Tesla group together. Enjoy!
     

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  4. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Heh, my advice is relax. I had a DS but honestly, having been here, done a test drive at Get Amped, watched Cingergi's videos, watched the video Tesla e-mailed me, etc.--it was 99% stuff I knew. I appreciated it, but if you've done any of the above, you'll be fine. Just don't get Drive (down on the stalk) and Reverse (up) confused. ;-) Take it slow initially while you get familiar with sitting in the car, where stuff is, etc. Then . . . floor it! ;-)

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    P.S. The actual paperwork was simple for my Maryland pick-up. Sign a few things, give payment, etc.

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    P.P.S. Actually my advice is also: ASK QUESTIONS. Even without a DS, if there's something you're unsure of, just ask them.
     
  5. kinddog

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    what does "SS" stand for?
     
  6. Plug Me In

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    Mine was delivered yesterday, no DS, just the truck driver. I had my google doc checklist, but I was so excited I never even looked at it! I verified UMC and adapters all present and enough charge to get me back home (> 200 miles - so plenty for the 6 miles home!). No obvious defects/dings so I jumped in and took off. I figured Tesla would make things right if I discovered any major problems. The first time I punched it, it actually scared me a little!

    One thought, it's been mentioned often but check the tire pressure. I didn't do that until 25 miles later when I got home. 48 PSI in all 4. Good luck and enjoy!
     
  7. Electric1

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    Al- Don't stress, you already know more about the car than most DS's probably do. Based on my experience when I picked mine up at Springfield NJ on Saturday, take a large cup of coffee in case the person before you ties them up for an additional two hours with over anxious questions.

    Take a couple of minutes to set things up before you take off because the screen can be a bit intimidating at speed with traffic at first.

    Enjoy.

    Howard
     
  8. William13

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    Please be careful driving the first day. The most likely time to have an accident is driving off the new car lot. Check the range. Check the tire pressures and make the adjustments for mirror and seats like you would normally. Then review all settings. Practice with the regen. Plug in your destination put the navigation in half of the screen and predicted range in the other half screen. Make sure you have enough charge. Drive home.
    The column is different. I was given a warning for not using a turn signal to change lanes. I hit the cruise control and the officer was curious about the temp license sticker.
    Get recargo.com or plugshare.com app for your phone. These help in case you need a charge.
     
  9. wraithnot

    wraithnot Model S VIN #5785

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    I told my wife that the night before we picked up our 85 kWh Model S was "Tesla eve" :)

    As far as advice, the pickup from the Factory was almost flawless so I assume the service center pickup will be similar. You'll probably show up way more informed that the average new owner, but my wife and I both liked having the delivery specialist walk us through pairing our phones and setting up separate driver profiles for each of us. The only thing I found lacking was that the key fob doesn't fit on a standard keychain and they didn't have any solutions on hand. But in the scheme of things, that is pretty minor. The first time you punch it, I'd also suggest choosing a spot with lots of empty straight road ahead of you. And then glance at the speedo since the car is so smooth and quiet you can easily hit 80 or 90 without realizing it.

    From your posts, I can tell you REALLY want this car. Glad the day is almost here for you!
     
  10. joshuaeven

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    I think think he meant 'SC'- Service Center?
     
  11. jayfrost

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    SS was suppose to read SC. Thanks J
     
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    That's "Service Senter".
     
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    I'm actually scheduled to pick up mine tomorrow at the Chicago center!
     
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    Maybe too late but you should tell Tesla to charge it up all the way since you have to drive a 160 miles home. I have seen cars delivered with less range than that.
     
  15. Al Sherman

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    LOL. Not too late at all. I've been awake since 4am waiting to leave for Columbus. I have my google docs checklist ready and unlike a certain reporter (ahem) I will not leave the SC without enough charge to make it home.

    I know the urge to floor it will hit me many times on I71 on the way home. I'm guessing I'll just do 55-60 in the right lane most of the way home. That way we'll have more time to "bond.":smile:
     
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    Al

    I'm guessing yours is the Blue one that was parked next to mine yesterday. I wish you the best. Dave is a great guy. Make sure he installs a license plate for you and if you need to top off your charge just message me.

    Jason

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