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Attn Future Model S owners in Texas! PLEASE READ!

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Chris TX, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. Chris TX

    Chris TX Active Member

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    Our Model S is being shipped out today for a 12-3/4 delivery. Our DM informed us last week that recent changes in Texas have forced Tesla to have 100% of the funds before the vehicle even leaves the factory! This is a change from the usual closing of the loan the day before the delivery, regardless of the car's physical location. I'm sure this has something to do with TADA bitching about an unsold vehicle being sold IN Texas without going through their precious ASSociation.


    Please communicate this with your loan source, and/or make sure you've wired the funds to Tesla beforehand. Otherwise, it could cause a delay on the delivery.

    Hope that helps!



    -Chris
     
  2. brandonmbeard

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    Most Credit Unions (Alliant, US Alliance, etc.) all fund the vehicle whenever you want. Basically just get your MVPA to the CU and they should be able to issue the funds to Tesla.
     
  3. Chris TX

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    Yes, I know. Alliant CU (who we went with) was accustomed to funding it the day before you pick it up. This appears to get Tesla in trouble now in Texas. This is a VERY recent enforcement that Texas is doing. If we didn't act upon this, it would have delayed our delivery by at least a full week.
     
  4. redi

    redi 2013 P85+ with HumanPilot Technology

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    Be advised that the Texas sales tax '20 business day' window starts ticking on the MVPA date, not the date you get in your car - otherwise you get a 5% penalty on top of the sales tax amount. And in my case the local tax office wanted dates on the intra-Tesla transactions on the back of the MCO you'll get (mine were undated when received from Tesla).
     
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    I thought Texas was this pro-business, anti-socialist, tax-free, freedom loving, government get out of your way kind of place. :confused: At least that is the impression I get when the media talks about what Texas is all about or how Texas would like to see the rest of the country be like. Since moving to New Mexico I've actually met a lot of folks from Texas and really like them.

    I am curious how did I got this impression? Not trying to be a cheeky, just hoping to get some insight. Anyone from Texas have any theories?
     
  6. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    That's how it's always been for Texas. This isn't anything new.

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    Texas has the best government money can buy.
     
  7. Chris TX

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    Both the DM for the central region and the DS for the DFW area told me they are actually cracking down this month. The rules are getting less "bendy" ;)
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    When I purchased mine in the beginning of March they had to have the money before shipping.
     
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    Texas politicians are no different than any others: for sale to the highest bidder. In this case, the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, whom I've vowed will never again see a vehicle sale to my household.
     
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    I was advised a couple of weeks back by my DS that Tesla has to have the funds for the car before it enters the state.

    So for me it isn't a sudden revelation, but sure, it's an unusual wrinkle that we need to be aware of.

    I think my CU and Tesla are in communication and in sync with each other, I hope it all goes smoothly, but I'm prepared for CFs.
     
  12. bob_p

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    When my Model S was delivered in January, had to send them full payment before the car was shipped - so that hasn't changed.

    What has changed is they now have 3 Service Centers in Texas - when my car was delivered, the nearest Service Center was in Denver!

    The truck carrying my car from California had an accident with a deer and I was concerned my car had been damaged. Tesla assured me they would take care of any problems. If I found obvious problems with the car when it was delivered, I was to refuse delivery. I had a detailed checklist that I went through and checked everything out - and if there were any problems I encountered after delivery (which there weren't), Tesla assured me they would handle it.

    While the non-dealer delivery process is different, and does create a little extra concern about paying for a car you haven't seen yet - plus a few extra tasks to get the car registered and inspected, overall, the lack of a dealer in Texas really hasn't been a big deal - and the Tesla staff, both on the phone and in the Service Center continue to outstanding to deal with.
     
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    Likewise. It's a small PITA, but my CU (PenFed) we're fairly used to the process.
     

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