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Registering In Massachusetts

I am awaiting delivery of my 60KWH, my rep has told me they need the car to be paid in full before receiving it. My question is, anyone else in Massachusetts had to pay the car in full prior to receiving it. They have told me it is due to registration. I am not comfortable paying the full amount at least until I know the car is in Massachusetts since why would I want to start paying a loan for a car I don't have in my possession.

From Tesla:
"In regards to the remaining $70,000 from the bank, we are asking you to pay before you receive the car. This is why – in MA, they do not issue temporary tags or plates. In order for us to complete registration, it will need to be fully paid for. If you were to wait until delivery to pay the remaining amount, it would take about 10+ days for us to complete the registration, and you would not be able to legally drive away with the car."
Why would it take 10 days to get a car registered?

Any owners in the state of Mass who can provide any insight would be appreciated.
Would be interested in knowing this as well. My P85 is currently in production and hoping for delivery next month.

Spoke with my rep today, they were a little confused as things had recently changed. They are going to handle registration & plates, but I do need registration paperwork and car insured. So right now I am just trying to time payment from Alliant Credit (1.49% 6 years) and getting the check over to them. At this point it sounds like i am less than 2 weeks away. I just a little frustrated by needing to pay for and insure a car I did not have. They did say they could deliver the car, and pay at that point but I wouldnt have plates or registration for a few days. Who wants to have the car and not drive it.

And oh yeah I nagged about the delivery specialist and they said someone could come out to walk thru car at my home. Assuming Massachusetts hasn't delivered that many cars so they want to make new customers happy.


Model S VIN P01536
My experience was a little difference because I got my car before Tesla had its MA Dealers License, but I had to wire the full payment to Tesla before they even could load the car on a transport. I also had to take care of all the registration matters myself.

And I had to walk to the RMV barefoot, in the snow, uphill both ways. ;-)
Yup, I paid in full 1 week before delivery, had to do a wire transfer from my credit union for over $85K (they already had my $5K deposit).
Mine came with temporary CA registration (which was just a piece of paper taped to the back inside window)

First place I went the next day after taking delivery of my car in Watertown on 1/17 was the MA RMV, after writing the state a very large check, I picked up my EV plates... Also had to stop by my insurance company with the paperwork (Certificate of Origin & Bill of Sale). Yup walked uphill to school and back :). You young whipper snappers.... :)


Model X, 3 & Y Owner
Supporting Member
Jan 17, 2013
Cambridge, MA
Mine was in March and on its way on the truck before I paid by wire transfer on Friday, got the paperwork by Fedex at home on Saturday. Wednesday morning (was traveling Monday/Tuesday on business) stopped at my insurance agent and then the RMV to pay sales tax and pick up EV plates, dropped the plates off for mounting and picked up the car that evening. Relatively painless process - my insurance agent would have done the registration for me but it would have taken an extra day, and it was only about an hour of waiting at the Watertown RMV during which I did email and made a few phone calls.

Downhill (or at least flat) all the way - thanks for opening up the frontier, you pioneers!

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