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Tesla Service Centers

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by Doug_G, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    I think a service center would be a more important consideration, and I suspect you'll see more of those scattered around than the stores. They don't need a high-end, high-rent location.

    I'd find a Montreal service location very helpful, since I'm in Ottawa. Wouldn't even need a full charge to get there. Plus Ranger fees would be half as much.

    Mind you, an Ottawa location would be even better! :smile:
     
  2. Jeeps17

    Jeeps17 Cath Jockey in a P85

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    I agree, a service center would be a minimum, but I would like to see the S and hopefully test drive both versions before I buy...

    Guess I could always fly to Toronto once they have some available, but a test drive on your home turf is the best!
     
  3. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Tesla periodically arranges test drive days in other cities. They brought a Roadster to Ottawa last summer. I'm pretty sure they did Montreal too. You can reserve a test drive slot in advance, show up at the location, and get your test drive.
     
  4. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Some very interesting information that one can glean from the Tesla Motors job search page. Here are some North American locations that load into the drop-down box for "Office Location":
    • US-AZ-Scottsdale-Fashion Square-Store
    • US-CA-San Carlos
    • US-CA-San Diego-Fashion Valley-Store
    • US-CA-San Rafael-Service
    • US-CA-Santa Monica
    • US-CO-Boulder
    • US-GA-Atlanta-Store (Store Manager position is posted!)
    • US-MA-Boston-Store
    • US-MA-Michigan
    • US-NY-White Plains-Westchester Ave-Store
    • US-OK-Oklahoma-Service
    • US-PA-King of Prussia-Store
    • US-TN-Tennessee
    • US-TX-Dallas-North Park-Store
    • Canada-Montreal-Store
    • Canada-Toronto-Store
    • Canada-Vancouver-Robson St-Store
    • Orange County
     
  5. Jeeps17

    Jeeps17 Cath Jockey in a P85

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    Fingers crossed!
     
  6. Rifleman

    Rifleman Now owns 2 Model S's!!!

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    Still no love for Ohio :crying: . It would be great to have a store and service center within battery range of my home.
     
  7. Doug_G

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    So the rumour Jeeps17 reported about a Montreal store appears to more than a rumour. I guess he gets his wish!

    We already knew Toronto was coming of course, and Vancouver is pretty obvious.

    ... did Orange County move to Canada?

    (This thread really should have been named "New Tesla Stores and Service Centers?" Despite appearances I didn't really start it...)
     
  8. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    "Orange County" is simply listed in the drop-down. The order in the drop-down is very jumbled; I imposed some order on it before posting.
     
  9. Doug_G

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    Just joking!

    I must say people on these forums are very intrepid about digging up information.
     
  10. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    I'm thinking that they have a pool going at Tesla as to how long some facts are going to take to show up on TMC, and we'd be disappointing someone if we didn't find the Easter egg they've hidden!
     
  11. NigelM

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    Wait till the Georgians see this one....you'll hear the cheering all the way to Boston!
     
  12. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    I see the Service Manager positon posted. But we knew about it.
     
  13. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Too bad about the North Park (Dallas) location. I'm glad there will be one here, and reasonably close, but North Park is about the hardest to get to shopping center in the region.
     
  14. mlascano

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    +1 Rifleman. A service center/store in Ohio would bridge the current gap between Chicago - NY nicely.
     
  15. daniel

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    I want one in Spokane. Can't quite make it to Seattle on a charge. And I don't relish the thought of spending several hours recharging on the way, with nothing to do, and no way of knowing if the charger will actually be available when I get there.
     
  16. NigelM

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    Well it wouldn't be "several hours" and you can use the chargepoint or plugshare apps which will show you in real time whether chargers are available. Not ideal but demographics means you don't stand much chance of getting a Tesla store anytime soon.
     
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    288 miles from Spokane to Seattle. Roadster at 65 mph: Range 200 miles. If I use my 240v 40a UMC I get about 30 miles per hour of charging. Keeping 20 miles in reserve for detours I'd need to obtain 100 miles somewhere during the trip. That's just over 3 hours of charging.

    If I drive 55 and only keep 10 miles in reserve, I'd need to obtain 288-245 = 43 miles, or just over an hour's charging, but I'd be scared to cut it that close.

    Someone told me there is one charging station between here and Seattle. That, also, is problematic, since anything could happen even on the day of travel. And I do not have a smartphone, so once I leave home I cannot check unless there's a phone number to call.

    If there were a few Tesla HPCs along the way, decreasing the chances of getting snookered on the road, and providing 50 miles, rather than 30, for an hour's charging, I might consider it. Probably not otherwise. And it's still a good 5 hours of driving, each way, plus charging time. Plus an overnight in Seattle, and dealing with Seattle traffic once in the city.

    I'd rather pay mileage for the ranger to come here. But a service center here would really be nice. If Tesla wants to go mainstream and compete with Nissan, which has several dealerships in town, they'll need to have service centers in every city this size, especially by the time they're trying to sell a mass-market family car. Otherwise they won't even be an asterisk below Nissan's sales numbers.
     
  18. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I think GeorgeB said it takes about 3 minutes before someone spots changes and posts here.

    I think it would have made more sense for an Austin store before Dallas but hopefully they'll get there too. Dallas needs a store as well of course.
     
  19. daniel

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    I wonder if the wholly-owned-store model, as opposed to a dealership model, might hold them back once they get into higher-production, lower-priced cars. In the dealership model, third-party businesses provide the capital for the repair and distribution network, in return for some of the profit. In the wholly-owned model, Tesla itself must come up with the capital for stores. I wonder if this might result in too few stores, as people may be reluctant to buy a car that cannot be driven to the service center and back in a day. I can take my Prius in for service and the dealership gives me a ride home, and then picks me up later in the day. With the Roadster, I have to pay a lot of money to have a ranger come to my city. I accepted that because I wanted the car so badly. But would a potential Bluestar buyer feel the same?
     
  20. Robert.Boston

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    From a corporate finance perspective, why should a publicly traded firm have more difficulty raising capital to build a dealership than a local businessman? If Tesla is doing well, it will be able to raise debt and equity more efficiently than a small dealer--especially given the novelty of EVs. I can imagine a lot of local banks having serious reservations about lending to support an EV dealer.

    The big upside of a dealership model is the attention to local market requirements that a local businessman will have. This advantage, though, can be overcome by giving appropriate autonomy to local store managers. Our Home Depot, for example, stocks parts to repair wood gutters and copper downspouts, which are not uncommon on old New England houses. It got these parts after local homeowners lobbied the manager, who realized there was profit to be made and got Home Depot HQ approval. I'm not sure, though, how much "local content" an auto dealership needs to play to--sponsor the right local charities, etc., but you're going to offer the same product everywhere.

    Another benefit of small businesses is the close attention to customer satisfaction. Having your business--your money and livelihood on the line--really focuses attention on keeping customers happy. So far, Tesla seems to have done a good job with this, but it will be critical to Tesla's long-term success to instill this culture of customer service in each store and service center.
     

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