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Model 3 VIN - But what does it really indicate?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by noicepls, May 4, 2018.

  1. noicepls

    noicepls Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Lambton County ON.
    What EXACTLY does it mean when Tesla updates your account page with the VIN for the Model 3 that was ordered?

    I am looking for help to demystify this "achievement" as there are so many unsubstantiated opinions out there, e.g. that VINs are assigned before build/after build/during build/after paint/before paint/just before shipment/ etc. Knowing the truth would narrow down where in the production/assembly/shipping phase my car might be!
  2. leftyguitarman

    Mar 25, 2018
    My VIN is in the 11700s. I got the car 8 days ago. They sent me the VIN when they said I would have the car in 3 to 5 weeks. This is great car. Already put over 1k miles on it.
  3. Brando

    Brando Active Member

    Sep 27, 2016
    Bainbridge Island, WA
    VIN number details [VIN number decoder] AND many other great facts about Tesla vehicles:

    VIN numbers are registered - which helps with recalls - then Tesla assigns a VIN to a customers order (configuration) and then this order gets into the manufacturing que and later you are delivered your car.

    For many more details search:
    vin number registration
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  4. yabuki

    yabuki New Member

    Apr 21, 2018
    San Luis Obispo
    Interesting, it's been over 4.5 weeks from config and I still haven't gotten my VIN. However, when I call Tesla, they tell me I'll still most likely get the car within the 6-week timeframe from config to delivery that was stated when I configured.
  5. Mxbzz

    Mxbzz Member

    Mar 11, 2018
    Bay Area, CA
    I received an instant VIN when I configured on 4/7, and took delivery 8 days later. In my experience, getting assigned a VIN means your vehicle has been completely built.

    Paperwork shows my TM3 was built in April as well. VIN 156XX.
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