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Tod's Delivery Story

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by tcunning, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. tcunning

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    I just received my Performance Model-S today Tuesday January 8, 2013 vin 3203. What an amazing car. I had a fun delivery experience so I thought I would share.

    Last night I got a call from the truck driver saying he would be arriving in the afternoon, and he would give me a call when he was about an hour away. He was also a bit concerned about the size of the delivery truck and wanted to verify there would be enough room. I live on a dead end road with a culdesac so I decided to move the delivery to a WallMart that is only about 2 miles from my house so the driver would have a lot more space to work with. I know it's classy delivering a Model-S to a WalMart.

    This morning, I received an e-mail from my Tesla Product Specialist, John, saying the car was in California heading for Nevada. What!!! The Tesla people have been really nice and helpful, but they are definitely still working out how to work with their shipping partner ([email protected]). I'm just happy to have received my car before April so serenity-now! I was just hoping that there wasn't a big mixup as I have read some forum postings on people receiving the wrong car. I e-mailed John back and let him know what was happening.

    The driver did give me a call in the early afternoon when he was about 10 minutes away. I was counting on having an hour heads up so I could have some other people come over and join the delivery event. With the reduced time they ended up missing the delivery itself, but I took a bunch of pictures.

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    That's my peral white car on the end and there are 3 other Tesla's in there. I think it is beautiful. It is also funny that it is delivered by "Horseless Carriage Antique & Classic Automobile Transportation". The Model-S is already a classic.

    One of the things I noticed was there was no temporary registration on the vehicle. Literally, while I was noticing this and the driver was backing the car out of the truck, I received an e-mail from Lee a Tesla Delivery Experience Specialist stating he was going to FedEx me a temporary IL registration. I needed to drive the car home so I really wanted a registration. I could just see getting the car impounded for lack of registration with a 2 mile drive to home. Lee's phone number was on the e-mail so I called him up. He was totally awesome. I told him the car was being delivered right now. He offered to e-mail me a copy of the registration so I could put it in my window. Very awesome. That problem solved. It's kind of interesting that I live in Michigan, but got an IL temporary. I did reserve the car in IL so that might explain it. Plus they don't have a dealership in MI.

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    The truck driver was really nice and went over the car with me making sure everything was good. He was also really careful to avoid scratches while backing the car out of the truck. As we where reviewing the car another car pulled up with three guys in it. They where watching us and they had a window down. I heard them say something about waiting until I pulled out. I asked if they wanted to see the car and they eagerly said sure. Mind you this is before I have even put it in drive once! I was talking about the car, battery, miles, frunk, ... and they where asking really great questions. One of them asked if this was my first EV, and I said yes. I asked them if they have an EV and they kind of looked a little sheepish and then confessed that they work for GM (I live in Michigan). They where really great fun. One of them took the above picture with me and the car.

    About 2 minutes after they left a sheriff pulled up. He and the truck driver started talking so I went over and joined in the conversation. He was asking lots of questions about the car. He said he hadn't seen one yet in the area. Turns out he is a big car guy and I ended up giving him the same tour I gave the GM guys. He too was a really great guy, and very interested in what Tesla was doing. At the end of the conversation, I asked him if I needed the temporary registration to drive home. He said nope, turns out in Michigan you get 24 hour grace period after receiving a car before you need a registration. Double solved that problem.

    Then I got to drive it home. The car had 24 miles on it and the battery had an estimated range of 200 miles. I actually took it easy on the way home (only 2 miles away). It turns out that the floor mats I had ordered from Carcoverplanet arrived. Now that is timing. Lots of stuff was still coated with plastic on the inside so I started removing that and my guests showed up and joined in. We spent a short time prepping the car and then we hit the freeway. I think I scared them a bit when I got on the freeway. What an amazing car. I'm sure the adventure has just begun.

    - Tod
     
  2. ddruz

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    Congratulations Tod! Beautiful car. Interesting how much attention it attracted before you even drove it.
     
  3. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    What a great first post, Tod! Congrats on a beautiful car.
     
  4. Krugerrand

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    Mr. Tod, you look cold...happy, but cold.

    Great story. Lots of serendipity. Enjoy that baby!
     
  5. JohnQ

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    You were showing your Tesla colors there with the jacket but next time layer up ... you look awfully cold! Glad to see the MI delivery, grew up in Troy and B'field Hills. Congrats and have a great time.
     
  6. Plug Me In

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    Tesla is apparently skewing deliveries to guys named Todd. Congrats!
     
  7. kevincwelch

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    I was going to say the same thing! It appears as though in addition to the West Coast coffee house hoodies, Tesla needs to make some Midwest overcoats!
     
  8. Owner

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    I see you live in Detroit. Any local reactions on the fact that this car was designed and built in California?
     
  9. seidste1

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    Congratulations, Tod.
    Did your Tesla Product Specialist, John meet you for the delivery?
    I am expecting delivery in West Bloomfield, MI sometime in the first half of February.
     
  10. Iz

    Iz EVs are here to stay

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    Thanks for sharing your delivery experience with us Tod. Enjoy the vehicle. The jacket just adds to the coolness :cool:
     
  11. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Great delivery story Tod. Congrats. Love the Pearl White too, probably my favorite.
     
  12. Joel

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    I've owned my Model S here in Metro-Detroit for over two months. The reaction in the "Motor city" has been overwhelmingly positive (not one negative comment). For the most part, people in Metro-Detroit love cars (all cars, not just "Detroit" cars). While "Detroit" has rightfully earned its reputation for engineering and manufacturing inferior products, there are many engineers and other auto-workers in Michigan/"Detroit" that appreciate quality engineering. Thus, Tesla has been well received in Michigan/"Detroit." Keep in mind, the decisions to manufacture inferior products within the Big 2 1/2 are made by a few. And these poor decisions have cast a very negative cloud over the City, this State, and our Country.

    Coincidentally, my brother (another Model S owner) and I were just discussing that not one day has passed were someone has: 1) not given us a "thumbs up," 2) taken a picture, 3) took "Tesla Time" to ask questions, or 4) done a combination of #1, #2, and #3
     
  13. tcunning

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    @seidste1 Awesome on the expected delivery, you are going to love the car.

    The truck driver offered to show me the basics of driving it, but no one from Tesla was onsite for delivery. I think they are just doing too many deliveries to be able to support that. They did offer to walk me through it over the phone, and they sent a link to a nice little video overview of the car. I was fairly well versed in what to expect as I have been reading the forms like crazy, I had gone to an AMP event in Toronto, and I did a test drive in Oakbrook IL. They actually let you schedule test drives at their stores for reservation holders.

    Be sure to let us know how your delivery experience has gone. I'm in the Brighton area so I hope to see you around.

    - Tod
     
  14. tcunning

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    @Owner I have had very positive reaction in Michigan to the car. Lot's of people around here are very interested in cars. Many people have heard of it but hadn't seen one. I think it blows people away how big it is and that it doesn't have an ICE and it has 415 HP and it can go 300 mile and .... ok don't get me started :biggrin:
     
  15. vfx

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    They should play the Tod delivery theme song.

    [video]http://www.hark.com/clips/swdfdzppkc-tod-song[/video]
     
  16. sp4rk

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    Ok, heavy opera song ...

    My "Tesla theme song" is the one heard on this site by Julia Othmer. Now finding it ... ?

    Julia Othmer - Never Listen - YouTube

    Love it .. LOVE IT!
     
  17. Owner

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    that's wonderful!
     
  18. johnnyS

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    There is something about the car that appeals to a broad cross section of people in a lot of ways. I think Tesla will have no trouble selling enough cars to be profitable. I usually let people ask questions to see what their interest is. The first year driving this car will be very interesting (the first couple of weeks already have been).
     
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    Great story Tod!
    How do you like the floor mats from carcoverplanet?
     
  20. twinklejet

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    While you're at it if you're gonna reply to this thread, would be nice to hear your thoughts 6 months into ownership...
     

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