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URGENT HELP NEEDED: How to include 8 kids from blended family in delivery.

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Sully's8, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Sully's8

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    #1 Sully's8, Mar 18, 2017
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    I am in a bit of a panic. I pick up today at 3pm. I have 8 kids in a blended family ranging in age from 11 to 20, and the college sophomore is home. . . All are home today. I'm scheduled to pick up with wife, but my gut is telling me I should somehow include all 8 who have no idea I'm getting this car. We have full custody of all 8 due to some history with which I won't bore you. They've been telling me to dump my 18 year old Lexus GS400 (with 200K miles) for some time, but have no idea I've done this. Finally am in an income / savings / college planning etc. place to do this, so I know they support it.

    Here's the tricky part. . . I have 4 kids and my wife has 4. . . There are 4 seats in S. Trying to think of creative option of making it inclusive. . . 6 girls and 2 boys.

    Ideas:
    Get it w wife and take it straight to detailer for wrap and buy myself a week of time (don't tell them yet). Downside is I kind of want them to see the reveal at the SC.

    Park it someplace else until I can safely bring it home and get it in garage. Then summon out of garage in front of all kids. Again, they miss the reveal, but I think this would provide some "wow" factor.

    Take them to the reveal and take the 4 youngest home in it.

    Take them to the reveal and draw names from hat on ride home.

    Other- this is where you come in. HELP. . .. what are some other good ideas?

    Time is short!


    Thanks in advance for advice. I will post my final plan and some pics later.

    M
     
  2. Galve2000

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    all great ideas. honestly i would just take your wife and leave the rest of the clan at home. m

    y delivery was kind of lackluster. the car itself was amazing but it was kind of obvious my delivery specialist had delivered way too many cars that day, was kind of over it, and just wanted me out out out... i didn't mind. i was eager to take my baby out for a spin.
     
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  3. SM18

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    The garage summon would probably have the biggest wow factor. Going to the store, they'd already work out what they were in for. They'd be totally off-guard at home. However you decide to go about it, you should try to record the reactions. Should make for great memories.
     
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  4. JSkrehot

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    Trying to bite my tongue. Whatever you do, do not take 9 people total with you to pick up your car.
     
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    Heads up! EAP doesn't have summon yet!

    Also, my wife and I picked up our X without telling our kids that we were getting it that day, parked it out front at home, and when the kids got home from school they flipped out.

    I think you should sneak it home and then sort of casually be like, "Anyone want to go the store with me?" or something.

    But have fun no matter what. And congrats.
     
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  6. Sluggah

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    Get it an take it home and show them. The picking up experience would be really boring for them at Tesla and by the time you pulled into they would know. So go pick it up them take him home and go for rides/dinner.
     
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  7. SMAlset

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    #7 SMAlset, Mar 18, 2017
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    We just picked up our car yesterday and are not familiar with all the ins and outs yet (in fact our car's in for PPF so not even with us), but can tell you as of last night we didn't have our car connected by Tesla to our phone app. Do you need your phone app to Summon the car and is it even available feature yet? If so and you don't have the connection yet, the "reveal" could end up not like you planned (some get their connection super quick--Tesla drivers at the restaurant we were at last night said they had theirs in a few hours--others I've seen have had a longer wait--Tesla said could be like 2 days).

    The pickup isn't that exciting except for the owners getting their cars, so I'd vote to surprise after. Get your PPF on first. Maybe you could tell the kids that you are all going out to dinner and get your wife to have everyone outside waiting for you to drive home and you verify with her by phone everyone is in place and then drive down the street and surprise the kids. Then the fight over who gets a ride first starts :D.

    Good luck at delivery and enjoy the ride home!
     
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  8. Discoducky

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    I have many kids and I'd echo the above. Take the wife and have a kid free experience. Have them all at home waiting and let them know you are coming home with a new car. My kids would love guessing and the excitement of waiting a short time (less than 20 minutes).

    Google luck and happy driving!
     
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  9. SMAlset

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    Additionally on the delivery experience. Ours was like an hour getting things explained to you and signing all the paperwork. Not something kids would want to sit and wait through if they had a choice. Definitely the home surprise is the better way to go for you and the guys at Tesla I'm sure!

    I see where your name comes from now :). Nice!
     
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  10. TexLaw

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    I also agree with leaving the kids at home. Delivery was good and a bit of fun, but it hardly was exciting. There was no "reveal," per se. The car was hanging out in the delivery garage (looking great, charger plugged in). I signed some papers, and our DS went over some basics and everything else we were interested in understanding. Then, he put on the temporary plates, and we headed out (yes, straight to the detailer for paint protection and tint). When we got there, there was another delivery going on at the same time.

    It was a very pleasant experience, but it was no party. I'd even go so far as to say that a ten person circus could actually detract from the experience, as it would get in the way of your walkthrough/orientation with your DS. Very likely, your DS will have another delivery appointment in an hour and a half or so, so there really isn't a whole lot of time for pure oooing and awwwing. That time goes by more quickly that you think.

    This is a special day, of course, but it can be special in all sorts of ways. Bring the car home, where everyone can fawn all over it at their leisure. Then, giving all your family a bunch of rides for the rest of the day.

    Congratulations!
     
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    There was certainly excitement at delivery, but also a lot of boring moments with paperwork and handling last minute details, and as others have said, they'll know something is up when you pull in to the service center.

    I vote for the garage summon - that's the idea that'l give the most surprise/shock value and it's easy to have everyone there for it. Maybe just bring the wife to the service center.
     
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  12. Sully's8

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    Thank you all! I appreciate the input and reading that the overwhelming majority think a surprise later is more appropriate, going to take the wife. After we'll have the kids meet for an early dinner, and I'll pull in behind her with kids out in front of restaurant or will pull into driveway per SMAIset. Like both of those.

    Special thanks to disagree for heads up on summon command being non-functional.

    Feeling better. . . . Will post tonight or tomorrow with pics and the results of the plan.

    Thanks all!

    Now if my Badgers can just knock off Villanova. . . .

    M
     
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    Congrats! Let us know how it went.. Pictures for bonus points!
     
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    You screwed up. You needed two, one for the wife and one for you. That's what we ended up doing.
     
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    And you got a bonus with the Wisconsin win over Villanova!
     
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    51164288116__D97BF1F3-D204-492D-858A-9A04FC3425EE.JPG IMG_0120.JPG Great end of day delivery experience yesterday. .. picked up with 6 miles on it and it now has 125 (I live 10 min from SC). TACC and Autosteer calibrated and working fine where available. .. was indeed a great day including the Badger win over 'Nova. My cousin went to 'Nova and we had a dinner bet. . . So. . . Badger upset, free meal, Tesla fit and finish, ride, and all systems go.

    My DS was busy so he ham and egged with another guy there, but frankly that was my third DS since I ordered in December. . .tried not to get too attached. The team approach was fine.

    Thanks for all the support over the last few months and here are a few pics!

    Wife and I drove home and told all the kids to come out to "help unload the groceries" and those who were kind enough to respond got a great surprise. 2 kids were out so 6 came out and were all smiles. . . Cool stuff.

    I am RIDICULOUSLY HAPPY with the tan seats, figured ash, and black headliner. I have absolutely no idea why it's not a standard package (tan always comes with lighter headliner now- crazy. glad I stuck with the order as is and didn't upgrade to the 100d.

    Loved it so much I went and supercharged today in Highland Park since the wall charger installation is tomorrow and I'm dropping for a week at detailer for wrap and tint. . . Charging pic complete with our HS freshman daughter and son.
     
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    Hilarious, and ironic. While I may not have ordered her a car yet, I'm having dual NEMA 14-50s installed tomorrow, because it was like an extra couple hundred bucks and I expect the wife to fall in love (with the car- lol)
     
  18. SMAlset

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    She's gorgeous Sully's8! Nice pics and what a shine on it. Can't miss the grins! I'm jealous you've been driving it already while ours still sits in the detailing place. It was hard leaving it there so understand the need to spend some time with yours before taking it in. Love to see some pics of the interior if you get a chance. Enjoy and best of luck. Smart decision on the dual NEMA's as I can tell from the photo she's liking it ;).
     
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  19. Xenoilphobe

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    I see you picked the right color!
     
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  20. Sully's8

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    Good idea on interior. . . Will take a couple shots before I drop today. . .thanks!
     

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