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Factory tour worth the trip?

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by TechGuy, May 26, 2014.

  1. TechGuy

    TechGuy Member

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    I'm in Pennsylvania, but will be headed to the west coast in a few months. I'm considering making a stop for the factory tour - assuming a mere reservation holder is eligible. Has anyone taken the trip recently? I heard it's all on a tram now. Anything else in the area worth checking out? Thanks!
     
  2. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Factory is definitely worth seeing.
     
  3. purplewalt

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    I have also heard that the factory tour is like winning "Willy Wonka's magic ticket".
    So, I reached out to the factory, and have been informed by the manager in charge of tours that factory tours are typically available Monday - Thursday, excluding major holidays.
    The LAST tour is Monday June 30th as the month of July is completely blacked-out, and tours begin again on Monday August 4th.
    PM if you need the contact info.

    Other things to check out in North California (my short list):
    Muir Woods Monument
    Sausalito
    San Francisco (at least 3 days)
    Harbor Cruise
    Alcatraz
    Point Lobos
    17 Mile Drive
    Monterrey Aquarium
    Carmel
    San Jose Winchester Mansion
    Berkeley
    Livermore (tons of wind-turbines, every configuration imaginable)
    Napa and Sonoma Valley Vineyards


    If you have some extra time:
    Mid-Coast California, Big Sur Park
    Post Ranch Inn (must be guest to be on grounds)
    Ventana (right across the road)
    Hearst Castle (near Cambria)
    Pacific Coast Highway, headed North (inboard-side) from Cambria
    Yosemite National Park
     
  4. Larry

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    I just took the tour last week. It is on a tram. You get a flavor for the place. I wouldn't go 5 hours out of my way but if you are in the area it's a must see.
     
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    I might have been the one with the 'Wonka's Chocolate Factory' reference, though I'm sure there have been others. But, for the record:

    1. I am unequivocally not equating Tesla factory workers to Oompa Loompas.
    2. I am not saying any of your children resemble Augustus Gloop or Violet Beauregard.
    3. I am categorically convinced Elon is Willy Wonka.

    Go on the tour, it's awesome!
     
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    I went on the tour in January. it is a gigantic facility...I knew going in it was big but couldn't appreciate its size without actually being there. The tour itself was educational and interesting, there were several things I was impressed with.
     
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    LOL @ this... now i just need me a golden ticket.
     
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    Mike's Original By The Bucket on Stevens Creek Blvd in San Jose - Bill Gates eats there.

    I'm sitting in the bar one night, and Bill Gates walks in. The bartender is a beautiful ex-Raiderette. Beautiful but, oh well, Bill talks to her for few moments..........and says, you don't know who I am. Do ya? I smile every time I think of that moment.
     
  9. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    I've taken the tour twice, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat if the opportunity presented.
     
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    I think it's definitely worth it.
     
  11. nanimac

    nanimac Aloha!

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    Just went on the tour a couple weeks. It was awesome to see the birthplace of my car! The tour is via tram but you do get off in a few places to walk around. The tour groups are small so it's easy to ask questions. To me, it's a must see for every Tesla owner or soon-to-be owner! We saw everything from the presses all the way to the test drive area plus the newly covered up/hidden Model X production area...lol
     
  12. CHGolferJim

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    Having vague thoughts about eventual factory pick up when I purchase a Gen3. Is it worth trying to do (along with a tour)? Are there any cost savings for driving back to the East Coast versus having the car shipped, or added costs related to California tax?
     
  13. vgrinshpun

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    When I tried to do the same last year for my MS pick-up at the factory, I was told that if the car is picked up in California, regardless of the state it is going to be registered in, the buyer has to pay California sales tax. Needless to say, I've picked the car up in my home state...

    One thing I did not research, is whether other states neighboring California have the same draconian rules.
     

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