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Why are some M3s fully wrapped for delivery and others not?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by SoCalGuy, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. SoCalGuy

    SoCalGuy Active Member

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    I've noticed in many pics of car carriers that some Model 3s have protective wraps while others are fully exposed. Does anyone know why this is? Seems weird to do it by trim level (eg more expensive cars get wrapped and others don't).

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  2. Pkmmte

    Pkmmte Le meow

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    They don't want us to see some panel gaps. /s
     
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  3. TheLocNar

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    Ultimate destination, possibly? If delivering close by, I could see them not wrapping them. If it's going cross-country, wrap it up!
     
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  4. Wise1919

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    Are any Model 3s being shipped by train? If so they are probably wrapping those to protect against rail dust that etches into the paint.
     
  5. Garlan Garner

    Garlan Garner Well-Known Member

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    Vehicle wrap has been known to allow non-fully cured paint time to fully cure....without the sun beating down on it causing microfractures (circles) in the paint.

    However...I have no clue as to why Tesla is doing it.

    Lets see... what color is missing on that truck? Blue? Charcoal grey?
     
  6. eSpiritIV

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    Orignally they didnt wrap any of the cars. You are lucky they are wrapped mostly now
     
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  7. Garlan Garner

    Garlan Garner Well-Known Member

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    They didn't want to? How do you know?

    Why is anyone lucky? It doesn't look like they are mostly wrapped....did you see the truck? 2 out of 9 were wrapped.
     
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    So no one knows for sure?
     
  9. cil0n

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    I believe they all come wrapped. Most of the time in transport the wind, etc causes the wrapping to come off partially so the truck driver will take most of it off and put it in the trunk to prevent any issues on the road (eg. wrapping flying off on highway and obstructing another driver's vision).
     
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  10. fr100

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    You can tell in this video they are selectively wrapped at the factory. I think the paint cure theory makes the most sense.
     
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  11. vinnie97

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    Because of lack of wrapping and ensuing damage (that's the theory anyway), my delivery was effectively delayed by 2-1/2 months.
     
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    On second thought I agree with you. Paint cure does make more sense.
     
  13. StellarRat

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    I'm going to go with cars that are going overseas to wrapped against saltwater in port, etc... remember the US is not the only place Tesla sells cars!
     
  14. Trevor B

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    Saw a bunch of 3s and S's on a trailer today ... only the 3s were wrapped!
     
  15. paladinfello

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    I’m less than 50 miles from the factory so my car was delivered to me. When talking on the phone I found out that my Model 3 was already stored here in the city and that it was bagged/covered. I asked if they could leave it on for the drive over, which they tried to do but were forced to remove it when the hooks broke off and the cover was flying in the wind. There are a lot of seagulls where they keep the Tesla’s here in the city so that might be a contributing factor to a full covering. Car wasn’t detailed when I got it, asked them not to, so it was just a small layer of dirt caked on.
     
  16. Need

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    Haha, I wonder if they cover mostly silver cars. When I had a silver car, it got bird poops on it all the time. I was told that birds like to poop on newly washed silver cars the most because they reflect sunlights up to the sky.
     

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