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Model 3 Reservation, Ready to Configure ($2000)

Jayzee9

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Dec 6, 2016
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Oakland, CA
I just got my notification that my model 3 is ready to configure... Ordinarily, I would be stoked. However, Since I made the reservation 2 years ago, I have had twins, taking the kid count up to 4, and no longer can drive this as my primary vehicle.

If anyone would like to take my spot, I am willing to sell it for $2000. You'd need to be able to come up with my original $1000 deposit and $2000 to me and then $2500 to reserve the car. I have not yet customized it and it's available in 3-6 weeks. I'm located in the bay area and can do this in person if you're here.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
 

goto10

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Mar 6, 2018
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Provo, UT
Reservations are not transferable outside your immediate family. Good luck.
The formal policy is that reservations are not transferrable at all, which is technically true. You cannot transfer a pending reservation to another Tesla account.

However, when you are invited to configure you may put any name you want for the person who the vehicle will be registered to. I have seen several cases where an unrelated individual purchased a Model 3 by doing this. I have heard of one or two cases where a delivery specialist objected to this, but that seems to be very rare. In my case, I purchased through my brother-in-law's reservation but Tesla never made any effort to verify the relationship.

The main catch is that the Model 3 will remain on the reservation holder's account for potentially months after the purchase. Everything from delivery and financing arrangements to supercharger billing and any post-delivery service will need to be relayed through the original reservation holder. My brother-in-law gave me access to his account to make that simpler, but that obviously requires a degree of trust as it also gives me access to his Model S through the app.

tl;dr It will probably work out but there are a lot of hoops to jump through and there's no guarantee it will work out.
 

hmmm

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May 12, 2015
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I've seen a couple of these on CL and some folks explain it this way:

"We will meet at an agreed public location. I will log into my account to show you my reservation. You pay a total of $2,000 ($1,000 + $1000 deposit) and then I provide you the password, you change the password/ account details and we are all set.

Does that seem even possible? I could see this not working if you're already a Tesla owner with your own account but would love experts to chime in.
 

goto10

Member
Mar 6, 2018
182
240
Provo, UT
I've seen a couple of these on CL and some folks explain it this way:

"We will meet at an agreed public location. I will log into my account to show you my reservation. You pay a total of $2,000 ($1,000 + $1000 deposit) and then I provide you the password, you change the password/ account details and we are all set.

Does that seem even possible? I could see this not working if you're already a Tesla owner with your own account but would love experts to chime in.
Yes, as long as they don't actually need that account for their own car. If the account just contains the reservation it's easy enough to change the contact information on the account.
 

Jayzee9

Member
Dec 6, 2016
14
13
Oakland, CA
Yes, as long as they don't actually need that account for their own car. If the account just contains the reservation it's easy enough to change the contact information on the account.

I do not have another Tesla--Happy to meet and do this in person and ensure everything goes smoothly up to and including being there at delivery.
 
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hmmm

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May 12, 2015
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Yes, as long as they don't actually need that account for their own car. If the account just contains the reservation it's easy enough to change the contact information on the account.

Ok from the seller's perspective, but if the buyer is an existing owner, then s/he would end up with 2 different accounts and I am not sure would happily merge the 2 accounts (assuming it's possible) w/o asking questions esp. if the new account is an M3 account.

Or am I over thinking this?
 

b team

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May 19, 2017
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Charleston, SC
Or you could just make friends with someone who has a reservation they are not going to use. But friendships are time consuming. In the long run, paying $2K is probably cheaper. But maybe a little sadder.
 
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goto10

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Mar 6, 2018
182
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Provo, UT
Ok from the seller's perspective, but if the buyer is an existing owner, then s/he would end up with 2 different accounts and I am not sure would happily merge the 2 accounts (assuming it's possible) w/o asking questions esp. if the new account is an M3 account.

Or am I over thinking this?
I think you're over thinking it. Once you actually own the vehicle getting it transferred should not be a problem other than the fact that it is currently taking several weeks to to do so, even if you are transferring it between two accounts you own.
 

Jayzee9

Member
Dec 6, 2016
14
13
Oakland, CA
If someone can do it this week, I will transfer this for $1250 (plus the $1000 deposit), so you'd be in essence paying $1250 over MSRP and qualify for all tax credits and get your car in the next 3-6 weeks.
 

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