TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Delivery inspection list?

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by aviators99, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. aviators99

    aviators99 Model S - R140

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Messages:
    1,452
    Location:
    Weston, Florida, United States
    I would like to be armed with a checklist that I can use when my car is delivered. I'm not as much of an auto nut as many people here are, and could use some help. I've read about issues at the factory like "gaps", and things that are "slightly offset", and these are the sorts of things I would like to be able to look for, but wouldn't know where to begin. This is in addition to more obvious things, like paint chips, missing floor mats, or whatever. Perhaps we can use this thread to list things out (easy and hard ones). I (and other non-experts) would appreciate it if the items were as specific as possible; something like: "Inspect gap between rear trunk and body, ensure not more than (x) millimeters."

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Lloyd

    Lloyd Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Messages:
    4,883
    Location:
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Here is one I found online that is generic. Delete the ICE stuff:

    http://www.sjsu.edu/fdo/docs/PredeliveryInspectionChecklist.pdf

    ALSO:

    Checklist

    Here's your checklist. Copy it and take it with you when you take delivery of your car.


    1.Proper operation and orientation ride.



    2.Before driving your vehicle, check:

    ◦Seat belt and child safety device operation.
    ◦Mirror adjustment.


    3.Be sure you understand:

    ◦How to start and operate the car.
    ◦Steering column and seat adjustments.
    ◦How to operate the stereo.
    ◦How to operate the cruise control.
    ◦How to operate the climate controls.
    ◦Where the air bags are located.
    ◦Location of the trunk, hood and gas tank door opening levers or buttons.
    ◦Emergency procedures.
    ◦Operation of the security system.
    ◦Location of the fuse box.
    ◦Service station information.
    ◦Vehicle specifications.
    ◦Appearance care.
    ◦Consumer protection plan.


    4.Service and Maintenance: (Review with the dealership person.)



    ◦Maintenance schedule.
    ◦Service manuals.
    ◦The Warranty folder and know what you have to do when.



    5.Ask to see and meet: (Get cards of department managers).



    ◦Service Department.
    ◦Parts Department.
    ◦Body Shop.



    6. Check that all add-on and standard features are included about the automaker's consumer protection plan with your vehicle:

    ◦Examples of standard features:



    ■Owner's manual
    ■Spare tire
    ■Jack
    ■Tools.



    ◦Examples of add-ons (options) you may have purchased:



    ■Mats
    ■Stereo upgrade (play your favorite CD)
    ■Power windows and door locks
    ■Security system (ask for demonstration)
    ■Power seats



    7.Read your purchase or lease agreement carefully.



    8.Did dealer prepare car carefully and completely?



    ◦Headliners in place?
    ◦Seat backings in place?
    ◦Spare tire inflated?
     
  3. smorgasbord

    smorgasbord Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    Messages:
    2,379
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    My advice is to not get overly enthralled with the shiny new car. I know it's hard - at least for me. It'll be harder yet with Model S since you probably haven't seen too many of those in person. But, summon up the inner-Elon in you and look for problems, especially with paint, since it can be hard to prove that exterior flaws weren't from damage on your first drive. That said, Tesla was great with a paint flaw I discovered very late on my Roadster, probably because it was apparent that the paint flaw had been clear-coated over. If you live near a Tesla store, find a time when the store isn't crowded and pretend the display or test drive model is your car. Look over it, trying to find flaws in the finishes.

    Also, do make sure you're receiving all the parts your should be getting (J1772 adapter, floor mats, tire repair kit, etc.), and that the sticker includes all the options you actually ordered.

    Otherwise, you can rely on Tesla's top-notch service to take of anything you find later. Things like gaps or stereo not working are clearly fixable under warranty, so I wouldn't worry too much about those at delivery time. Don't let them show you how to do something with the car - get instruction and then do it yourself while they watch. If they operate things you won't remember how to do it yourself, unless you have someone video taping the whole process (which I'm sure we'd all like to see, anyway!).
     
  4. aviators99

    aviators99 Model S - R140

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Messages:
    1,452
    Location:
    Weston, Florida, United States
    Yes, this is exactly the sort of stuff I'm talking about. But can you be more specific? Such as how much of a gap is too much, and where specifically should I be looking for gaps? I definitely want to channel my inner Elon.
     
  5. jerry33

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

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Messages:
    12,743
    Location:
    Texas
    I don't believe anyone has come up with a set of specifications for gaps. Probably the best thing to do is look at the earlier pictures posted in the forum (the Nov 11 test rides) and see what bad gaps look like. For what it's worth, the cars at the Get Amped in Dallas didn't have any gap problems that were noticeable.
     
  6. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    7,842
    Location:
    Portland, Maine, USA
    Interesting -- I count 29 of the 64 items on this list as irrelevant on a BEV. In fairness, there might be 3-4 items that need to be added on to compensate.

    - - - Updated - - -

    The serious panel issues aren't about a gap being too large or small, but unevenness. Lines should match across a panel gap. A panel on one side of a gap should not be higher than the panel on the other side. The gaps between two panels should be utterly uniform along the entire length (do you remember the early Lexus commercials, in which a ball bearing was rolled down a panel gap?). Use your hands, not your eyes.
     
  7. STxTesla

    STxTesla Sig #1278

    Joined:
    May 17, 2012
    Messages:
    266
    Location:
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    One item that I intend on checking before I ever get into the car is whether the leather on the seats is a tight fit...no wrinkles or loose leather. I know that this was a problem in the Beta cars...but I want to make sure that my seats are perfect.
     
  8. aviators99

    aviators99 Model S - R140

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Messages:
    1,452
    Location:
    Weston, Florida, United States
    Perfect. Does it make sense to make a wiki post out of this and actually *create* a checklist?
     
  9. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23 8136

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2009
    Messages:
    473
    Location:
    NE OHIO
    Tire Repair Kit? This comes with the car?
     
  10. Lloyd

    Lloyd Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Messages:
    4,883
    Location:
    San Luis Obispo, CA
  11. NEWDL

    NEWDL R#350 R#1323 Sig23 8136

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2009
    Messages:
    473
    Location:
    NE OHIO
    Thought so.

    We are going to go with buying a separate wheel and tire just incase.
     
  12. Lloyd

    Lloyd Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Messages:
    4,883
    Location:
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    There is a thread dealing with spares and this should go there, but a spare will not fit in the frunk.
     
  13. robaross

    robaross P4550

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2011
    Messages:
    122
    Location:
    SFL
    Not even one of those "bicycle tires"?
     
  14. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

    Joined:
    May 17, 2009
    Messages:
    18,235
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    Since I already scuffed up (minor) one of my wheels, instead of spending $125 to repair it is there any value in getting a 5th rim and tire to replace the scratched one and keeping the old one in the garage as a spare? I realize I wouldn't have it with me for a flat but I'd just get towed to my house and then change the tire there. I could also maybe fit it in the frunk if I deflated the tire but I'd have to see if it fit.
     
  15. kevjo1

    kevjo1 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2012
    Messages:
    2
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Delivery Checklist

    I've attached a delivery checklist for anyone who is interested. Feel free to amend as needed as not all possible options are noted on the list. Hope it is useful.
     

    Attached Files:

  16. dashrb

    dashrb Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2012
    Messages:
    37
    Location:
    Fairfax, VA, USA
    Thanks, I used your list today!

    I also thought of a few more things to add:
    1. Verify folding mirrors (this is manual).
    2. Note: Do not test exterior lights (DRL, HL, FogL, etc) while charging--the lights are not fully functional
     
  17. Nickjhowe

    Nickjhowe Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2012
    Messages:
    213
    I've been posting my Model S Delivery Checklist Google Doc over on TMF for the last six months.

    It has now grown to about 13 pages and includes many post-delivery tips, tricks and suggestions so I've renamed it the "Model S Delivery Checklist and Owners Guide". I update it every few days with info that I pick up here and on TMF.

    It will be useful to any new or prospective owners, but should also for any current owners who are interested in tweaks, wrinkles, or accessories.

    Please post any feedback here, or on the TM forum in this thread

    Nick...
     
  18. Real Data Pro

    Real Data Pro New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2013
    Messages:
    2
    Location:
    Florida
    Have them show you where the small battery in front nose is so if the battery ever discharges and the windows go down
    which is what it does so you can access the car when this happens -
    this way you know where to change the small battery
    on your own versus the charge fee they charge you to come and do it
    Due to any power out and it is not charging plan for what it does when it discharges -
    Always prepare for a spare tire to match what is on it - it probably will not fit in the car but be aware of the tire
    make model and research locally to you who may carry in stock in case you need one put on
    and get familiar with local tow companies and shops that can work on it if needed for something that is not covered -
    Check all underframing for seals being properly installed and scrap pieces not hanging from where they may have not trimmed them off so when you find them do not pull or you break body seals
    If you have to have both tags on it for your state make sure they drill the hole in nose plate to put on front plate holder
     
  19. Nickjhowe

    Nickjhowe Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2012
    Messages:
    213
    @Real Data Pro:

    There is no small battery in the nose, only the charging posts. The battery is in the rear passenger side of the frunk and is not easily changed.
    The spare tire WILL fit in the frunk, but generally tire inflation kit with sealant is the recommended solution to a flat - or Ranger Service.

    Good suggestion about researching local suppliers/prices for tires.

    I've never seen a report of loose seals and scrap pieces. I'm only including some of the more common or problematic delivery problems in the doc; if you can point me to a thread where this is a problem I'll add it.

    Some people prefer mounting the front plate on the front grille not the nose cone, so don't think it is a good idea to recommend drilling at first delivery.
     
  20. kbekaert

    kbekaert EU P360 vin 17969

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2011
    Messages:
    331
    Location:
    Brakel, Belgium
    @Nick Under "Delivery Questions" item 11 I don't see any Windows Phone apps (Tesla Connect for WP 7.5 and 8, and Tesla Commander for WP8 only)
    These apps are not from tesla.
     

Share This Page