If Tesla informed you that you could be the first one on your block with the newest Tesla and would likely qualify for all of the tax credits, would you be willing to take on the risks of having to deal with early design and production defects? Before you answer, think about this: Even the most experienced auto manufactures run into design and manufacturing problems when they introduce major new platforms…and production lines. Many experienced buyers “wait until the second year” so that early design bugs can be discovered and hopefully fixed. And they wait until there are multiple product reviews available. Tesla is not a well seasoned manufacturer. And their track record for new platforms may be impressive for a new manufacturer, but is not exactly stellar. However, they do roll design fixes into production much faster than traditional manufacturers and have had an excellent record for fixing design and manufacturing flaws (when possible) in customer vehicles. Further issues to consider: 1. Challenging financial circumstances may force the Model 3 into production before it’s fully baked. 2. Initial orders may require a long list of expensive options. 3. Due to supplier or certification issues, some desirable options (and features) may not be available on early orders. So, would you really want an early production Model 3 if you could get one?