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Final Payment

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by aleagle, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. aleagle

    aleagle Member

    Mar 22, 2017
    Yorba Linda, CA USA
    Is it usual to withhold final payment until after the car is delivered/inspected? PLEASE ADVISE ASAP.
  2. NikeWings

    NikeWings Active Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    Yes, on new deliveries just pay off your phone when you are done.
    I am not sure how the other processes work. Ask your DS.
  3. Barry

    Barry Active Member

    Aug 9, 2013
    That's what I did. After inspecting the car, etc., I wrote a personal check.
  4. tpham07

    tpham07 Active Member

    Mar 21, 2017
    Rhode Island
    a lot of people drop off their final check at the SC and drive out with the car. In some states where Tesla isn't technically allowed to "sell" cars you have to mail the check to fremont so that you can technically buy the car in california and "pick it up" wherever.
  5. bob_p

    bob_p Active Member

    Apr 5, 2012
    Electronic payment through Tesla's website is the easiest option. As long as you have the account/routing number, you should be able to inspect the car - and then go on the Tesla website and make the electronic payment.

    You can wait until you've inspected the car and ready to execute the paperwork. In states like Texas, Tesla may prefer that you step outside of their service center when making the transaction, so there is no appearance that you are purchasing the car while on Tesla property.

    I decided to avoid that by submitting the purchase before I started the drive to the Service Center.

    In early 2013 for our first Model S - the nearest Service Center was over 1000 miles away - and UPS was going to deliver the car to my front door. At that time, Tesla required final payment before the car left the factory - and that was a big leap of faith...

    For our S 100D deliver (in Texas) last month, the experience was much better. Tesla had even made arrangements to accept the sales tax, order the license plates, and do the state inspection. 4 years ago - I had to make extra trips after delivery to do that...
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  6. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2013
    Buckeye, AZ
    Ditto. In 2013 I had to make final payment before Tesla shipped the car to me. HUGE leap of faith, but I did it. Everything turned out okay. Not sure I would do that again, though! lol

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