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Why bother with final payment in advance?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by BlueWRXPride, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. BlueWRXPride

    BlueWRXPride Member

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    I'm under 7 days away from my delivery, so now when I check my account I have the option to pay the balance on the car. Is there any reason to do this electronically, as opposed to just bringing a cashier's check when I pick it up? I feel like I'd rather not pay in advance just in case there's an issue with the car that pops up in the days or hours before delivery. Am I missing something?
     
  2. Mxbzz

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    Convenience. You can absolutely go to your bank and get a cashiers check. Or you have the option to avoid the extra stop and do it all online.

    Some people don’t like the idea of handing over their money before being able to inspect the car, while others don’t care. Personally, I haven’t seen Tesla refuse to repair any issues found on or post-delivery, so I’d opt for the convenience of not having to stop by the bank and carry around a massive check.
     
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  3. ebmcs03

    ebmcs03 Active Member

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    I went to the bank to get a cashiers check. I like my money in my hand before I get the product.
     
  4. rsomrek

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    I had the same concerns. On my final phone conversation with my Delivery Specialist, I asked about just using a personal check. No problem! Saved me a trip to the bank (and a nominal fee).
     
  5. ewoodrick

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    Do you want to make sure that the payment is processed and accepted? Do it on line. Do you want to take a chance that they won't accept your check and you walk without a car?

    Are you really going to so no to the car?
     
  6. mal_tsla

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    Tesla saves a lot on factory QA thanks to people thinking like this. They know you'll take the mostly-right car on faith it can be fixed by service center after the sale. Even if it means waiting months, since they have less incentive to ensure parts are available under this process.

    My two cents: definitely do not pre-pay. Act like you'll walk if the car isn't up to snuff at delivery (not perfect--comparable to other cars in category). Even if you know you'll end up driving it home. Make 'em sweat ;)
     
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  7. vinnie97

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    Yes, I'm at over 8 weeks of waiting for aesthetic repairs. Paying in advance is one thing, accepting delivery of a damaged vehicle is quite another.
     
  8. tivoboy

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    If you are going from your bank, all you need is a check and they will do an instant ACH authorization onsite. That is what I did. they pulled the full 58xxx about three days later. Took 60 seconds to finalize onsite.
     
  9. mwoody999

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    My delivery date is scheduled for 7/7 in Colorado. At my request, my ISA emailed me the final numbers on 6/22 and I already overnighted the cashiers check from my online only bank to their address in CA as mentioned on the pdf statement. Any difference can be paid by personal check as long as the difference is under $2000. All set for delivery.
     
  10. octoad

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    I understood that some people had issues with Tesla accepting a personal check. With that in mind, if you are taking out a loan, many credit unions (and possibly banks) will issue you a convenience check for the funds derived from the loan. This is different than a cashiers check in that the funds will not be removed from your account until the check is cashed. This gives you the added protection of not actually losing the funds until the convenience check is cashed, which would be after you take delivery of the car. If you are taking out a loan, I suggest you go with a convenience check.
     
  11. Lasttoy

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    There is another post about this,
    I say NO. What if get there and car is wreaked, damaged, etc
    CPO is same , tesla has lost touch on the payment issue.
     
  12. tivoboy

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    This is exactly why I waited to transfer funds till I had at least a five mi it’s look over the car. Then we did paperwork and I did the ACH bank authorization and then we did the full inspection. The rep told me that even if something was found that was a non starter the car had never left the manufacturer ownership at that point since it was still on property and anything could be done including a reversal or cancellation of delivery.

    Fortunately there were ZERO issues to be found and the car was simply perfect.
     
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  13. ℬête Noire

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    Some of us are required to. Tesla won't even load a Model 3 on a carrier without payment if full for a Texas delivery. Legally it can't cross over the State line until the money is transferred and paperwork for that signed. Taking delivery, signing off that it meets customer expectation, is a separate thing.
     
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  14. Uncle Paul

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    In some states Tesla is not allowed to "sell" you a car. In those cases you will need to complete they buying process outside the state, but can still take physical delivery within those states. Each state will have their own policy, and process to collect the required taxes and paperwork.

    Tesla takes your order in good faith and wants to see good faith from the customer to provide payment prior to finalizing the delivery.

    How would you feel if the shoe was on the other foot. That you were selling your used car to an out of state buyer that wanted you to accept a personal check and drive away with your car.

    Seems like their policies are pretty reasonable.
     
  15. BlueWRXPride

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    I didn't think it was unreasonable, just the pros and cons. For me, I'm just going to delivery with one check from my credit union for the loan, and a cashiers check for the other part I'm paying cash. Should be very simple.
     
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    How much were you able to pay by personal check? Mine just told me that it has to be under 10k for personal.
     
  17. gambit48

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    That's what I'm doing.

    Plus, getting a cashier's check costs $8 for me. The delivery person (from call center in Las Vegas, not my local delivery center; haven't heard from local yet even though I'm supposed to pick up tomorrow) said I can just bring a cashier's check tomorrow or go online using their computer to do the ACH transfer while doing paperwork.
     
  18. BioSehnsucht

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    I was just wondering about this. After configuring my car earlier today, I have 'completed' all the 'steps to take delivery' on the website, except for payment method, which I can either choose cash or finance through my own bank/etc, and it looks like only the pay cash option would 'complete' the payment method, the finance option is just 'save & continue' with no option to add more details or anything (I haven't actually got a loan lined up yet, if I could complete that info, so at the moment it's kind of moot).

    Do I just sit with not all steps being completed indefinitely until nearer to delivery, or ... ??

    I am a little annoyed I won't really have the option to walk away because Texas, if the car for some reason is not acceptable. I'll just have to hound Tesla to fix anything that needs fixing, if it's not "perfect".
     
  19. AJMac

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    I and in the Dallas area and just went through the process today. Literally just paid for the car this morning. Tesla won’t ship the car to Texas until you have paid in full. From that point it’s a 14 day wait to receive the car…

    The agreement says that Tesla with use a third party to transport the car and pay to insure the car in transit. So if there are any issues. We will see how it plays out. I’m just praying that the car will be perfect when I get it!
     
  20. NewTMSMan

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    I used the electronic payment method at the time of delivery for both my S and X. Just logged in once I went over the car and made the payment and it showed up as paid in the Telsa system in minutes.
     

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