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Tesla, Allow Model 3 Customers To Move Delivery Date

Most people who have put pre-orders for their Tesla Model 3 anxiously wait for the vehicle's delivery, but there are some who will need to have some flexibility on when their Model 3 is delivered. Here is why.

It would be great if Tesla allowed Model 3 reservation holders to have a way of delaying their pre-order in the line. For example, Model S drivers can handle multiple car ownership at the moment. Will the Model 3 reservation holders have the same opportunity?

Let's say you are a Tesla Model 3 reservation holder and are leasing another car while waiting for your Model 3 to come in a year or two. You need to decide when your current lease ends. Now, there is a talk that Tesla may speed up the Model 3 production and this will possibly change the delivery date of Model 3 for thousands of reservation holders.

If Model 3's delivery is dependent on the speeding up of the production and therefore is unexpected, it will be very difficult for current reservation holders to decide as to how long to lease their current cars. If so, you have few options, accept the fast delivery and still pay for the lease of the current car, or miss you place in line if you don't want the early delivery. Missing your position in line doesn't seem to be fair. Does it to you?

On the other hand, if you, say, would like to delay your Model 3 delivery by 3 to 9 months, I think the other people who have put their pre-orders will appreciate it too as they will get ahead in line.

For example, Model S customers have that option. If you go through the Model S ordering sequence you will see that there is a delivery preference box that ranges from the first available to up to 6 months in the future. Will it be any different with Model 3?


Rob (not verified)    July 12, 2016 - 9:01PM

I believe the reservation itself stated you could postpone turning your reservation into an order one time

Geoff (not verified)    July 13, 2016 - 11:32AM

With leasing, you are only covering the depreciation of the car, so you can technically turn the lease in any time. Sometimes, you will have "equity" if your payoff quote is lower than what the car is worth for a trade in, or sometimes you will owe if the reverse is true. A few months won't make a big difference with this.