Like many things with Tesla, buying the car is not your usual experience. This one was quite strange-- especially for used car shoppers like us!First of all, there are no dealerships. You know that already of course, but I wanted to remind you. Here in Pittsburgh we don't even have a gallery or store to go to. We'd already made peace with that from our first cancelled order in October though. We knew the drill. We knew how it would go... at least, we knew how it would go right up until the moment you click the "confirm" button and turn your deposit into a billable order.
Unlike October, there would be no hesitation this time. We put in the specs and as Alice was preparing to go to work, we confirmed the order. She made ME click it. Ahhh..... but Tesla pulled a fast one! After clicking "confirm" there's ANOTHER click to be done. Call it the "confirmation of the confirmation". I made HER click that one! Now we were both on the hook for this future machine.
If you look closely in this picture you can see both red "confirm" buttons, the white window over the black one. Two clicks and you've ordered a Tesla. From your home. On the internet. No big dealership = no big deal.
All the Tesla Kool-Aid drinkers want to know about configs. They talk about them constantly. "What's your config, dude?" Now I'm one of them. I'll go into the why of our configuration some time later. Maybe our decision making process will be of use/interest to someone else (I know I read LOTS of opinions too).
For now, I'll just toss this here:
Visually there are only TWO distinguishing ways to tell if a Tesla has this important option-- and neither are inside the car (even though most of the package's features are). Weirdly they also seem to have eluded most of the Tesla staff I talked to-- they never noticed, I guess. The visual cues are a chromed diffuser on the lower rear bumper and chromed grill inserts on the lower front bumper. See that picture up there? Notice anything missing?! I did. It disturbed me so I contacted Tesla and when they got back to me they confirmed my suspicions. It was just a website glitch. Whew! The car looks a lot more finished with the chrome too, but mainly you want the package for its functionality. Also, if you ever have reason to sell the car I think you'll find selling one without this option to be financially significant to say the least.
It looks like cheap modeling clay in these animated pictures... Maybe when the car is dirty it looks this dull, but I've seen this color when it's clean and it has blues and greens in it, and morphs around like a chameleon.
So now the car was ordered. The Tesla website dynamically updates you to the production status of your car while you wait. For us the wait will end up being about 8 weeks. The longest portion of this wait is spent-- according to the Tesla website-- "sourcing parts" for our Model S. In truth it's more about scheduling production batches depending on what country the car is going to, the color, the battery size, and lots of factors we are not aware of.
Reading the "sourcing parts" for so many weeks really got my wheels turning though. If Tesla had so many parts to source, maybe I could find some parts to source on my own....
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