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Autopilot now $3k. Why?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by dckiwi, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. dckiwi

    dckiwi Member

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    As discovered by @Stasla , enabling Autopilot on the Model S configuration page is now $3,000 ($3,500 after delivery).

    This appears to have changed after the announcement today.

    Interestingly, if I edit my pending order (going to production on 8/27), the Autopilot option is still only $2,500.

    I'm going to press my sales advisor for an answer on this. I'm concerned that the waived destination fee and 2 year lease were a way to clear out old AP 1.0 hardware.
     
  2. 2virgule5

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    May very well be to pay for 2.0 Hardware... or a website typo
     
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    because Telsa think it will sell at that price and they are trying to maximise revenue?
     
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  4. dckiwi

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    Timing is waaay too coincidental.
     
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    Do all tesla "dealers" waive the destination fees?
     
  6. shokunin

    shokunin P85 & S40

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    I have never heard of any store or even factory waiving the destination fee. Even when I picked mine up at the factory they will charge the same subsidized destination fee.
     
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  7. dckiwi

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    It was waived for my order on 8/21.
     
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    Odebek Don't Panic

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    Was a limited time offer that some OA were using as a lever in last week to push for more Q3 orders/delivery, think I saw on reddit that it is ending today.
     
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    I'm guessing the increased cost is related to the additional cameras/sensors, etc. required for AP2.0 hardware. But that's just my guess. It will be interesting to hear what your sales adviser says - please let us know - but if is related to new hardware I doubt they will tell you that since it would lead to a lot of cancelled orders. Furthermore, I doubt the sales people are even told. They're usually the last to know these types of things which makes sense since information like that to the numerous sales staff would lead to leaks.
     
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  11. dckiwi

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    Here's the rub - if they can't explain the price change I'll just cancel my order and cool my jets for a while until things clear up.

    I feel for Tesla and the sales advisors in this situation. But I'm about to drop 80k on a car and I'm not going to miss out on major changes by a week or two.
     
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    i sure hope that means it is $500 to upgrade my 3-4 week old S90 to the new autopilot hardware because my autopilot sucks.
     
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    Can't you push the delivery in the future? I think this is how others have worked around this problem.

    Or I assume.. Is the delivery fee only waived if you take immediate delivery?
     
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    Perhaps the extra $500 will go into a legal defense fund to help pay for/preempt future autopilot related lawsuits.
     
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    It's what I though all along, increased cost due to liability claims. But more than likely just increasing cost since people see the value.
     
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    Crap.. what are the chances the price will drop again in the near future?

    I didn't order AP with my MS, but was planning to add it later (perhaps after receiving my state rebate check). But now $3,500 becomes a harder pill to swallow. :(
     
  17. TexasEV

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    Why? Because Tesla needs all the cash it can get, and people will pay it. Someone figured that autopilot for only $2500 was leaving money on the table.
     
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    Don't read too much into it guys. Air suspension used to be $1500. The Sound Studio... errrr... Ultra High Fidelity Sound system used to be $850 before jumping to $2500. Options have gone up in price as the car has become more popular. At $3000 Autopilot is still underpriced.
     
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  19. trils0n

    trils0n 2013 P85

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    BMW charges something like 1700 for the auto emergency braking/lane departure warning/blind spot monitor stuff that comes standard on a Tesla. MB charges 3-11k for different packages that contain their driver assistance features. Always seemed to me that 2500 for the best tech of the bunch was cheap compared to the competition. Someone probably figured they could make an extra 500 per car by raising the price because it's still on the low side vs their competitors.
     
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    Maybe, but then again, maybe not. We know new AP hardware is coming, so the only question is "when". This is as good a "when" as any.

    Given the concerns they are causing to people with orders in the pipeline, like the OP, who are thinking of cancelling or face the possibility of getting legacy hardware, it seems like a pretty poorly thought out price increase for a measly $500 per car. Clearly, they could have found another place to get those funds without causing the strife that the OP is now going through.
     
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