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Trip Down Memory Lane - 3 years and 11 Steps to Bliss!

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Francis Lau, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Francis Lau

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    #1 Francis Lau, Dec 14, 2012
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    I received my Model S on Tuesday (Dec 11th 2012). Here is the timeline of events. It took 3 years and 11 steps to bliss but it was totally worth it. The journey was worth every bit. My kids and the geek in me loved the factory tours and drive events. I think many of you took the same journey too.

    1. 12/5/09: Made reservation

    2. Nearly forgot about Tesla for 2 years

    3. 10/1/11: Factory Tour and Ride Event
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    4. 6/23/12: Test Drive Event
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    5. 8/7/12: Finalized order
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    6. 11/26/12: Received VIN

    7. 11/29/12: Received email that car is ready for delivery
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    8. 11/30/12: Completed delivery survey. Given delivery window of 12/7/12 to 12/21/12
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    9. 12/9/12: Received call on cell phone at 3:36 pm from Delivery Specialist
    Scheduled delivery for Tuesday 12/11
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    10. Picked up car on Tuesday 12/11/12 at noon
    This when I handed over a check for the car and received the keys!
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    11. Bliss!
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  2. UMD86

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    I am really diggin' the 19" tires. I just might change my selection!

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    Congrats Francis! Best of luck!!!
     
  3. Kipernicus

    Kipernicus Model S Res#P1440

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    Nice retrospective, thanks!
     
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    Congrats!

    Did you get a pano roof?
     
  5. Francis Lau

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    Yes. Being in Seattle, I get to enjoy it opened only occasionally but the extra light is great.
     
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    Congratulations Francis!!! Great patience. Beautiful car! Thanks for all the pics you have taken and posted.
     
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    I am confused about payment ... I thought payment was done days before taking delivery?

    In your case, I assume you went to the local Tesla store with a certified check?

    Great pics!
     
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    Love the blue with the 19s, Francis! Enjoy your new ride!
     
  9. MitchL

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    Excellent story - makes me feel guilty for having waited only one year for mine.

    (actually, no. I don't feel guilty at all :) ).

    I wired my funds just so I wouldn't have to think about money during the delivery, but my DS told me a regular personal check at the delivery would be fine, not even certified! And, for as of yet unknown reasons, I ended up overpaying by $1200, so I even got a refund check from Tesla :).

    /Mitch.
     
  10. Francis Lau

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    I think payment requirements varies by state i.e. Texas require payment in full before shipping. When the DS called, I just asked for a Purchase Agreement or Order as the bank needed it for the loan. The Purchase Agreement had the total payment amount including a breakdown of all items i.e. registration, taxes, delivery charges. With that, I got a certified check in the exact amount.
     
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    Wow, the thread How many of you took a ? caused me to look at this thread again. What a memory trip.

    And probably the newer owners have never seen these invitations for events.
     
  12. William13

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    I am one of the early fans also. The Tesla Model S still amazes me daily. I originally just wanted an electric car. I have the best car on the planet.
     

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