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Checklist for receiving tesla


Charged.hk's Director of Education

i m new to this forum. I m expecting to receive my 85D in late September. Just want know if anyone have a checklist for receiving the car because there seem to have a few issues that needed to be aware of such as the handle alignment, sunroof leakage, etc.

Well, in general, check all you can the best you can. If you find anything wrong later delivery, call Tesla and they will fix it for you, free of course. We all get some minor issues and we all go for servicing really. Nothing scary about it.
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First, don't worry so much about it. You'll love the car -- guaranteed!

Second, though Tesla could improve their quality assurance practices, what they lack there they more than make up for in service. As lx3h said, if you run into any problems, just call them and they are very happy to sort things out. They will even pick up the car from you and drop it off afterwards -- all for free. And if you can wait, they might even give you a loaner vehicle to use while yours is in service.

Third, yes, sunroof leakage is more common than we'd like to see. I didn't have problems with mine. From the forums, it looks like some changes were made in mid-June to fix that problem. Chances are good that you would have the new design. Paint quality is also an issue (especially with darker colors) -- swirls are quite apparent. You can bring your car for coating (e.g. Pomponazzi) or wrap (e.g. Xpel Ultimate) and paint correction is usually included in those services.

Enjoy the car!


Supporting Member
Nov 28, 2014
Arvada, CO
Here's the checklist I created when I took delivery. Your list may vary.

Before delivery:
· Prepare list of favorite AM/FM/XM radio stations from old car
· Shop around for best insurance quotes (I found a factor of 3 difference between insurance companies)
· Install 50A plug in garage
· Acquire Flying Spaghetti Monster sticker
· Get EZPass transponder (or one for your favorite toll road)
· Get private parking stickers for work/condo/club, whatever
During Delivery
· Bond iPod (fail: not recognized by car. Transferred music to 256GB thumb drive which car could deal with)
· Install radar detector (partial fail: metallized windshield prevents Escort from acquiring GPS signal)
· Learn how to use voice commands (work in progress, still can't say "navigate to Joe Smith at work", use "call Joe Smith" instead)
· Create personalized driver settings for each driver
· Be sure to set mirrors both going forward and going in reverse, so mirror tilt function works correctly
· Bluetooth bond phone and transfer contacts
· Turn on Controls->Displays->Energy-Saving
· Transfer favorite AM/FM/XM radio stations (note that only the first six are visible in the Media frame; choose wisely)
· Settings->Maps->Magnification on (I think this whole setting has been deleted)
· Get Tesla remote App for phone; turn on Settings->Safety->Remote-Access
· Buy tire-repair kit (since there's no spare)
· Buy chains (since winter is coming)
· Affix Flying Spaghetti Monster emblem (http://www.amazon.com/Spaghetti-creation-pastaness-appendage-available/dp/B00884P91K)
· Think of a name for car; go to "T" menu and set it up
· Attach EZPass transponder (note: if you don't know the secret place on the windshield to attach it, go here: Coated windshield impacting door openers and EZpass [Archive] - Tesla Motors Club - Enthusiasts & Owners Forum)
· Call Sirius/XM and activate account (855-697-3773)
· Attach private parking stickers to windshield
After delivery
· Bond HomeLink to garage door
· Get storage bin for console (plastic bin from Container Store until I can find an aftermarket one that I like)
· Log car into home WiFi
· Transfer customized license plates from old car (or order snazzy new ones)
· Get 50ft 15A extension cord so I can charge from people's houses when on the road (Also consider NEMA 15-50 extension cord for RV parks and running to people's dryer outlets)
· Call EZPass with new license plate number after those are attached

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