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How will Tesla sell their cars in the future?

Discussion in 'Tesla, Inc.' started by Mitrovic, Feb 1, 2012.

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  1. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Getting the car delivered to your house would be so unique and a real treat to people. It's almost like a street party with the truck pulling up to your house, people coming outside to see what's going on and your awesome Tesla being driven out of the back of the truck. I think people will like it.
     
  2. Doug_G

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    +1. We had an impromptu street party when my Roadster arrived. The huge rumbling rig brought everyone out of their houses to see what was going on.

    I heard that Tesla is looking at getting their own delivery trucks for the Model S rollout. It would be more cost effective, and they can bring batches of cars to their customers in a particular area.
     
  3. How do you think it would work? Tesla would lease some warehouse space in a central location to Tesla stores....Cars would get delivered here from the factory, go through a final qc process, then released for customer delivery? I bet Tesla will somehow combine the service and new car delivery centers together...Would make a lot of sense I think...
     
  4. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I want to pick up my Model X at the factory. No store. Factory, please.
     
  5. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    That would be awesome. Plus, we'd know that they would ship the cars properly
     
  6. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    I was told at the Boston event that we could either pick up the Model S at the store or have at-home delivery, but the cost would be the same. (This answer was in response to my question about the timing of the Boston store opening, which appears to be later than my car's delivery -- while I could pick it up in NYC, home delivery is no extra charge. Which tells me that the delivery charge isn't going to be cheap.)
     
  7. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Thanks for that info RB. It had been suspected that Tesla would offer home delivery, but if your source is 100%, then it's now confirmed. I much prefer that than taking my car on a 2+ hour journey the day I pick it up. Now it'll just be an 8 mile trip to get clearbra installed
     
  8. KBF

    KBF Model X owner (formerly Cdn Signature Model S)

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    That would be good news to me. No store remotely close... and I wouldn't be "en route" to many other customers; I'm quite sure the nearest Canadian Sig will be at least 600 miles away (unless there are other Manitobans that not online). I'll remain sceptical until I see it in writing. But you've brought my hopes up!
     
  9. Doug_G

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    I'm sure there is a lot of logistical planning going into the rollout. They're going from nothing (now that the Roadsters are sold out) to thousands of cars delivered in a fairly short period of time.

    For people who live near the factory, they'll probably offer delivery there. It's a big place and I'm sure they could set aside a corner for the purpose.

    For everybody else, I doubt they're going to want to do delivery at the stores. They're being located in shopping malls - are they supposed to had over cars in the parking lot? Probably the service centers would be more appropriate, but I'm thinking Tesla is probably going to prefer home delivery. Load a batch into a truck, drop them off one after another, and back for more.
     
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    Well I know there are some reservations in Saskatoon... maybe they'll send a delivery truck roaming around the Prairies.
     
  11. AnOutsider

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    I wonder I'd they'll pack a salesman in the trucks to give you a walk through of your new car on delivery, or if you'll be asked to come into a store before delivery for walk through on a demo car.
     
  12. Doug_G

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    Maybe they'll have "delivery specialists" who accompany the cars and do the delivery walk through with you.

    Was anything done for the Roadster owners who were nowhere near stores? I don't think my delivery situation was typical; Hans from Toronto came to town with their demo Roadster to do some test drives. He brought it over and gave me a walk through in my driveway using the demo car, and a few hours later my car arrived.
     
  13. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    They'll have delivery specialists who, for example, help you sync your home Wifi, Bluetooth devices, etc. (Again, this from a Tesla rep.)
     
  14. AnOutsider

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    Sounds time consuming. Each delivery would probably take 2 hours or so, slowing the truck down. Maybe the specialists will be dispatched independently of the truck.
     
  15. JRod0802

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    Last I knew, the Boston store opening was probably some time in 2012. Did you get more accurate info on this? I'd love to have a better idea of when it'll open.
     
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    Alternatively, maybe they'll also drive the trucks. Then it won't matter as much how long it takes.
     
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    yes but there will probably be only one delivery specialist in our area and the longer they take to deliver yours means mine will be delayed even more ... can't wait ... must have car now ...
     
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    I do think home delivery is the way to go. The Tesla stores just don't have the space for all those cars, one of the downfalls of their designs and putting them in major cities. Personally I prefer home delivery myself. Like RB I would be picking mine up in NYC and honestly NYC is not a good place to learn how to drive a "new car". Plus I absolutely hate driving a car in the city. You also have to think of the 160 miler ones, they have to get home delivery if their car is not within range of a store
     
  19. Rifleman

    Rifleman Now owns 2 Model S's!!!

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    The 40kw'er like myself make delivery tricky. For them, price is probably a major factor, and home delivery is expensive, but they also don't have the range to drive their cars home. I have been working with the plug share map to find a way to get my 40kw from the Chicago store (the closet store to home) to my home in Cincinnati, and while I have found a way to do it, it will take 20+ hours, and there will be one leg where range anxiety will definitely be a fact of life. I am sure there will be allot of 40 KWers who live in a place where a long ferry drive is simply not possible.

    I know that the people at Tesla are smart, and I am sure they can find a way to deliver cars for less that $1000, because a charge significantly higher than that will be a deterrent for many 40kw buyers.
     
  20. Robert.Boston

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    "Late 2012"
     

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