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Reservation Holder In Afghanistan, First Post

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Fraza44, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. Fraza44

    Fraza44 Member

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    Hello All,

    I've been lurking on the forum for quite some time, reading and learning, learning, learning about the wonderful Model S. I finally pulled the trigger and made my reservation after the announcement of the price increase. I'm reservation holder 14,397 and I don't expect my car until some time mid year 2013 which is perfect for me because I'll be coming home:tongue: about that time.

    I'm going on vacation in January and plan to make a trip to a Tesla store so I can do my first test drive and decide what color and options I will go for after some deep discussion with the Tesla reps.

    I live in Pensacola Florida and would like to know what store would be best to visit which would allow me to see various colors on actual cars. I now there are stores in Houston and the Miami area, but which one offer the best experiences and are there others stores which maybe close to Pensacola.


    Thank you

    Andre
     
  2. jed-99aggie

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    I have not been to the Miami store, so this is based only my impression of the Houston store. Given the auto dealer laws in Texas, Tesla in Houston has limited ability to discuss vehicle details, specifically things that relate to commercial aspects. Since you may have limited access, it might be worth visiting a store that does not have these annoying restrictions.

    Best of luck in your ownership experience. After being 1 week post-vehicle delivery, I can say the car is all it has been reported to be and more.
     
  3. znino

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    I have been to the Miami store multiple times and the personnel there were always friendly and knowledgeable. Just give them a call ahead of time so they are ready for you and plan a good test drive for you.
     
  4. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    As @jed-99aggie notes, you should go to Miami. the Houston location is just a gallery. No test drives, no discussion of purchase options, etc. Nice people, but they have to stay (and do stay) within the tight bounds set by Texas law.
     
  5. Fraza44

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    Thanks all for the replies, looks like I'm going to Miami:biggrin:. I'll shoot them an email and see what I can get setup. I hope they have a red Model S for viewing.

    Andre
     
  6. Arnold Panz

    Arnold Panz Model Sig 304, VIN 542

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    Andre,

    There are two stores in South Florida -- Dania and South Beach. The Dania store is right near the Fort Lauderdale airport, and is mostly a service center now, but I think will still have a test drive car. The South Beach store is on Lincoln Road and is one of the new Tesla type stores that they've recently opened around the country. I believe they also have test drives down there. Graham is the store manager for both stores here, so if you contact him, or anyone who works for him, they can tell you the best or most convenient of the two stores to go to and where best to get a test drive. Good luck!
     
  7. mcornwell

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    Andre, thank you for serving and protecting our country...
     
  8. montgom626

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    Let them know you have a reservation.
     
  9. riceuguy

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    Locations and colors

    I have been to the Houston store and agree that Miami is the way to go. I literally happened to walk past the Miami opening night event last month (so I of course had to join!) and at least then they had a beautiful non-signature red one front and center.
     
  10. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Tampa Service Center should be open in January. No-one is sure if they will have cars there for test drives, but it'll be a good place to see Model S and if you get just a tad further south one of us will be willing to give you a ride.
     
  11. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    Hi Andre,

    Here's a photo I took of the Miami Beach store during their opening celebration.

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    Larry
     
  12. Fraza44

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    All,

    I've been in contact with Graham and he filled me in on Miami and getting a good test drive. I love this forum, especially it's positive tempo were you get good solid answer and not allot of flame wars were post just simply fall to pieces.

    Andre
     
  13. rogbmw

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    Andre - seeing you are from Pensacola, and in Afghanistan - my guess a USN guy. I'm a retired USN 06. Welcome to the group! Keep your head down and return safely, and if you are in the military, thanks for serving.
     
  14. Fraza44

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    All,

    I don't mean to mislead, I'm no long in the Military, I'm a retired Marine. I retired back in 2002 and decide to return to Afghanistan as a DOD contractor because this is what I know and I still believe in supporting the Military since it was a big part of my life and my development as a man. I learned values in the Marine Corp that I never would have understood on my own as a young wild and crazy lad.

    Andre
     
  15. geharmon

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    Andre,

    I went on a test drive at the Dania Beach Store December 4, 2012. They have an 85kwh high performance S for test drives. Very nice people, Mike Snow is the main rep. /The Store is right off 95 and a piece of cake to get to.
     

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