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Hawaii Tesla Owners

Discussion in 'Hawaii' started by Dublin, May 2, 2012.

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  1. spleen

    spleen Active Member

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    Not finalized yet. Expecting finalize email to show up in the next 1-2 wks though, given the current pace.
     
  2. Jkam

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    #102 Jkam, Dec 11, 2012
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    I’ve been asked by a couple of people what the registration process is in Hawaii. I just finished registering my car so here it is.

    Prior to the delivery of the car, Tesla via email sent me a final sales contract. They use a service called Docu Sign to electronically initial and sign the contract. Also, Tesla asked me to wire the balance of the payment. I did this before the car was delivered.

    I had a Delivery Specialist pick up the car from the dock and deliver it to my house. At that time the DS did the walk through and showed us the features of the car. He also gave me the Proof of Delivery/Shipping Invoice. It looks like a simple tag, but it is important to have. You need it to register your car.

    Tesla sent by Fedex a temporary registration one day after my car was delivered. You put this temporary registration in the rear window so that you can drive the car while waiting for all the final paperwork to get the official registration. Tesla did not provide any temporary plates so I drove without any.

    After delivery of the car Tesla mailed me a packet of papers including the following
    1) Certificate of Origin
    2) Application for Registration
    3) Motor Vehicle Use Tax Certification
    4) Bill of Sale.
    Once I got this packet I could get my registration.

    Despite Tesla’s instructions to take those documents and go to the Hawaii DMV, you need two more documents before you can go to the DMV: a tax clearance and a temporary safety inspection.

    So first you need to go to the Hawaii State Taxation Department. You’ll need all four documents Tesla sent in the packet plus a check to pay for the sales tax on the car. The Hawaii State Taxation Department will then give you a tax clearance.

    You’ll also need a temporary safety inspection. So head to a gas station or car repair shop. It cost me $15 to get it. You’ll get a blue safety inspection slip.

    To finally register the car at the DMV you’ll need the following:
    Tax Clearance
    Blue Safety Inspection Slip
    Proof of Delivery/Shipping Invoice
    Certificate of Origin
    Application for Registration
    Motor Vehicle Use tax Certification

    Take all that plus another check (paid another $400 or so for registration based on the car’s weight) to the DMV. I went to the satellite city hall in Ala Moana. They’ll issue you plates.

    Once you get the plates and install them on your car, you can go back to get your final safety inspection. The law requires both the front and back plates to be mounted on the car in order to get the final safety inspection. You will have to use some creativity if you choose to run without the front license plate.

    Hope that answers people's questions.
     
  3. spleen

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    Thanks Jkam for that detailed write up. Hopefully once the service center opens, it'll smooth this process out a little.
     
  4. UMD86

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    I know the feeling but I'm sure there's a stretch on H3 that you can open it up and feel the wind in your hair! I know HPD has been cracking down on speeders. I guess they need the revenue.

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    Hang in there Spleen. Once you hit the BUTTON it will all be over.
     
  5. ddruz

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    Big Mahalo Jkam for the superb information! Thanks for taking the time. A huge help for everyone.
     
  6. spleen

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    Well speak of the devil. Email received to finalize today. Configuration locked in with 60 kWh battery. Expected delivery in February - March 2013, according to the paperwork. :)

    Thanks for all the help and support folks!!
     
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    Spleen, what was their final configuration?
     
  8. spleen

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    60 kWh battery
    No supercharging
    Silver with black leather interior
    Lacewood accents
    19 inch silver wheels
    Panoramic roof (my mom made me promise that I would take it to get the roof heavily tinted if it was too hot or too sunny in the car, lol)
    Tech package
    Air suspension
    Sound upgrade
    Child seats
    Paint armor

    Pleasantly surprised by the February/March quote for delivery. Warned the folks that the 60 kWh battery car production hadn't even started yet so given our sequence number, it might be June/July before they got the car but we'll see if we get the ready for delivery notice in March (more realistic, I think).
     
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    Wow, what a sharp configuration. Seriously top end. But no parcel shelf? They will be just fine with the pano roof, no worries.
     
  10. nanimac

    nanimac Aloha!

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    Spleen, sent you a message but forgot to mention that I didn't cover the doors and had more of my back bumper covered. Headlights weren't covered either.
     
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    nanimac: Where dd you go for your paint protection film (PPF) I dropped by TNT Tinting and they didn't have a clue what a Tesla Model S was. And they quoted me a reeeeeely high estimate.
     
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    No parcel shelf - don't think that it's compatible with the jump seats (when the jump seats are up, they interfere with the anchoring points of the parcel shelf). I figure when the kids get too old to use the jump seats, we'll take it to Tesla service to have them removed and install the parcel shelf at that time.
     
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    Thanks nanimac. Given how wide this car is and how narrow our parking stalls are here in HI, I'm worried about door dings.
     
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    dsmith2189 - nanimac said earlier in this thread that she went with Dwight at ProTint. They get good reviews on Yelp. If you get a quote from them, would really appreciate if you could post their quote here!
     
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    Thanks, missed the earlier post. I didn't order the PPF from tesla because I felt the pieces didn't give good enough coverage. I wanted more covered to protect against more than just rock chips on the hood's leading edge. When I asked about protection from bird droppings the guy from TNT said things like "your clearcoat will protect better than PPF against bird droppings..." and "...the acid in the droppings will burn the urethane and make marks in the film..." My point is, Yes, that may happen but I can replace the PPF on the damaged section better and faster than I can repaint the car... isn't that why they call it Paint Protection Film?

    Hopefully I'll get the car before Xmas, I guess I will pursue the PPF when I get the car.
    I have the VIN and I am waiting for my "Product Specialist" to send me payment instructions. (Bank draft FedEX address and Elec Fund Xfer info)
     
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    LOL! It's almost like they didn't want you to spend money with them. I've used TNT for tinting before and didn't have anything bad to say about them but haven't been hearing as good things recently so I went with Al's for tinting on my last car and they were more than accommodating. Unfortunately, don't think that they do paint protection (though I didn't ask?).

    I wonder how long it'll take for the car to get here after it leaves tbe factory? It's usually about a week or so for the boat ride, yes? Here's crossing my fingers for a merry Xmas for you!
     
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    My "Product Specialist" said hawaii vehicles get shipped on Mondays. To me it looks like they are going via Horizon Lines. Monday leave Tesla, Tuesday Load on Ship, Wendsday Ship departs Oakland and arrives Honoluolu on Sunday. which in my case would mean the ship arrives before Xmas. If I can get the info I need to pay them and get it to them by Monday. otherwise it will be a week later.
     
  18. nanimac

    nanimac Aloha!

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    ProTint in Kalihi. It's a small shop so they might not know what a tesla S is either. Since there's so much interest, let me find our how much it might cost. Maybe we can get a Tesla group discount :)
     
  19. Jkam

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    Don't want to be Debbie Downer, but shipping around the holidays is nuts. Container barges are routinely filled to the max at this time of the year. It makes it hard to sneak a container on at the last second. If the boat arrives on Sunday, it may take a couple of days or more to unload the barge. Backlogs at the dock are common this time of the year. Also, getting flights for a delivery specialist at this time of the year might be more difficult and no doubt more expensive. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a delivery at this time of the year. I hope it goes well for you.

    I'd be nervous getting the car so late in December. If it somehow gets delayed until January, you'll have to wait a whole year to get the federal tax credit.
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement "debbie downer". Just kidding. My Product Specialist said that UPS has specific procedures for Hawaii so I guess I will have to take my chances. She also said on the phone to me that it would have a Temp CA registration. from posts on other threads, it looks like that is good enough for the IRS, but I would like to get it before Dec 31 just to be sure. I also was told by my Product Specialist that I would have no Delivery Specialist. I will have to call when the car arrives to get the safety brief etc... I hope that what I learned from TMC and from JKam (thanks) is enough.
    I also confirmed that autonation.com does not do trade-ins in HI.

    and I'm keeping the dual delivery date coundown. Just in case.
     
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