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It's Time to Build Your Model S

Apologies if there's already a thread for this, but I just got my notification

It's time to have some fun designing and finalizing your Model S. We have made the entire process available online from anywhere with an internet connection.

ORDER YOUR MODEL S
The days of having to stop into an auto dealer to buy a car are over. We have made the entire process available from anywhere with an internet connection. You can design your car, request paperwork and even sign your paperwork from the comfort of your home. If you have not designed your Model S yet, you can start right here. If you already designed your car and are ready to request paperwork, just click here to continue the process.

WE'RE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP
We want this process to be fun and easy so if you have any questions we're here to help. If you prefer to walk through the process with an experienced Product Specialist, just give us a call at 888.771.2505, email us, or stop by one of our stores.

This is a very exciting next step and we look forward to sharing it with you. In just a few short months, you'll be one of the very first drivers on the planet to experience the fun and exhilaration of Model S. Let's get your car on the road!

Sincerely,

Tesla Product Specialist Team
BuildMyModelS@teslamotors.com

Now off to make some choices... P779

ir | January 14, 2013

@pskirby For us it was also a toss up between Blue & Green. Indoors, both look black unless you are in bright sunlight or look closely. The green is a darker version of what we'd call "Jaguar Green" (as in car not cat).

It was only a tiny margin that tipped the scale;
1) My favorite color is green (wife's is blue and so is her car which we are replacing, but she's taken over my car because baby doesn't fit in hers)
2) We felt the green was more "complex" or had more color shifting effect in that it sometimes looked black, grey or green while the blue looked either black or blue
3) According to the reps, blue was by far the most popular color. While blue was safe, we wanted to push our comfort zone a little and go off the beaten track.

NOTE: The green does NOT come through easily in photos, it looks dark grey on my iPhone. We FaceTimed our friends and since they couldn't see the green well, it didn't help break the tie. The blue photographed better if that makes a difference to you.

IMO... you cannot go wrong with either color. The Tesla designers knew what they were doing when they chose these colors. My wife & I agonized for 1.5+ hours going back and forth between the two cars (green was in the showroom while the blue had been dropped-off outside for service). Even now we're still waffling taking turns advocating both colors.

FWIW... that day at least 3 other families were there trying to pick a color too. All knew their exact config except the color. Seems to happen a lot.

Hope this helps, but rest assured that you will have your "Tesla grin" either way! :)

desiguy | January 15, 2013

#14514 finalized (did not get email but saw finalize button)
85 std, red, pano, tech, rear seat, black leather with obeche gloss
Est delivery Apri-May.

RAFellows | January 15, 2013

#14409. Also no email but now have the Finalize button. It wasn't there @ 10am, now it's 11am and there it is! 85 std, multi-coat red, 21", pano, tech, studio sound, air, tan, lacewood, twin charger, armor. Will finalize in a few days, so no estimated delivery until then. Very excited!!!

desiguy | January 15, 2013

BTW mine was with air suspension ... forgot to mention

jchangyy | January 15, 2013

@desiguy...I wonder if your delivery estimate would be Feb/March if you chose another color.

desiguy | January 15, 2013

yes it would have been Feb/march .. but my kids really wanted red (I wanted grey) and I don't mind waiting another couple of months. My kids were a big part of me buying this - they made me feel guilty of polluting the air.. I know it is just an excuse (the car is too attractive too)

Trekker56 | January 15, 2013

P14,582 - no email but Finalize button just showed up! yay. Am going for 60kw - color etc tbd based on wife's input.

miamimd | January 15, 2013

(P: 14291) Finalized

Model S performance , 85 kWh, multi-coat red, Gray 21", pano, tech, studio sound, air, black Napa leather/alcantara with red piping, twin charger, Paint armor, HPWC. estimated delivery April-May 2013.

is this correct? it seems there are a lot of multi coat red ordered before me.

Any ideas what's a realistic delivery window?

miamimd | January 15, 2013

(P: 14291) Finalized

Model S performance , 85 kWh, multi-coat red, Gray 21", pano, tech, studio sound, air, black Napa leather/alcantara with red piping, Carbon fiber, twin charger, Paint armor, HPWC. estimated delivery April-May 2013.

is this correct? it seems there are a lot of multi coat red ordered before me.

Any ideas what's a realistic delivery window?

echernenko | January 15, 2013

P:14,495 - Model S Performance

Does anyone know where to find Tesla/aftermarket center console add-ons?

bobinfla | January 15, 2013

@echernenko

teslaccessories.com

jvanhecke | January 15, 2013

I have been checking this thread several times a day for a while now so I will return the update favor:

P14,660 finalized today at 1:30 p.m.

85kwh, dolphin grey, 19", solid roof, tech, black leather, obeche gloss, air suspension.

estimated deliver was Feb-Mar 2013!!! I was shocked at the time frame. That was a really quick turnaround since I reserved in Nov 2012. Im sorry to all those who reserved long ago, I imagine your frustration but it seems to really come down to the options dictating the wait and not the place in line.

Now its time to start scrambling to get the money in line. Does anyone know if you can opt to pick it up at the factory to save time and delivery costs?

gregv64 | January 15, 2013

Picking it up at the factory gets you the car earlier, but it cost exactly the same.

shs | January 15, 2013

For those interested in comparing the blue and green colors, we drove to the Menlo Park store in December specifically to see the green color before we had to finalize. It was a cloudy day, but a bit of sun was poking through and green car was there as well as a blue car, our top two color choices.

As you can see in the link below, the green is a very interesting color. When we first drove up, it appeared gray, then perhaps black, but once you got up close, it was definitely a very dark green. I think that the MS as rendered as green if your choose that color in the design engine looks ugly, but both my wife and I really liked the green when we saw it for real.

Photos of the two cars are here. http://www.smartavtweaks.com/TeslaModelS.html

mallynb | January 15, 2013

There is some kind of SNAFU. My reservation number is 12,100 and accepted orders above 13,000 are mentioned above. Until I saw this thread I wasn't aware of a "Finalize" button. I've been waiting for some kind of notification -- email or phone message. Then, I found the button! On the Design page. But it didn't work. It took me in a circle, back to the Design page. After several tries, I noticed that the December price change had been applied to the design I "finalized" last September! I got a reassuring voice mail from a config person but the price increase wasn't reversed as he said it would be.

gregv64 | January 15, 2013

@mallynb: You'll have to keep trying. Based on your number you probably got invited to configure back around Dec 17th, and the four week deadline has just arrived. I got my finalize button on the 19th (#12535), but never got any notification. Given your explanation I find it hard to believe they won't give you the old pricing, but it might take a bit of coaxing of the automated systems.

mallynb | January 15, 2013

Just got our problem diagnosed by Tim at TESLA. There was a typo in our email address linked to the account number. Good job Tim! 2012 pricing is reinstated. We started the order process. Looking forward to a delivery date estimate in a day or two.

doctorallen | January 15, 2013

Just got the "finalize" email today. Reserved mid November. Canada P480.

celtrog | January 15, 2013

put down deposit Oct 6 2012...was waiting and waiting for some communication that I could finalize.
Was never aware of a "finalize" button.
Thanks to those who suggested I call Tesla.
Turns out they had mistyped my email address and i was actually cleared to finalize Jan 7!!!

Thank you to all on this board who suggested I call and that I probably was already cleared!
Waiting for My S.....red, with tan leather.

Now if I can just hold on til delivery!

TINO F | January 15, 2013
portia | January 15, 2013

Yeah I just looked closely at the document for the final configuration (not delivery) for my dad and it says delivery estimated Feb-Mar 2013! Wow, that's quick, reserved in Nov 2012. 65kwh.

rlpm | January 16, 2013

Bump. Did anyone get a build/finalize button/email today?

sthornton | January 16, 2013

Got the "finalize" button tonight! Reservation 15005 (I think I'm the first over 15,000!). Green/tan, 85 Std, pano, tech, sound, air, twin charger. Delivery is Feb-March. Guess I had better get the electrician in shortly...

Rick A | January 16, 2013

Finalized last night P14041 Performance Black on Black all options except child seats. Time to get my garage ready.

O EMSHN | January 16, 2013

Received the "Its time.." email at 4:20 PM PST. P15,049. Will "finalize" after dinner. When I get an ETA, I will repost.

agiangone | January 16, 2013

P14,739 got the mail a couple of hours ago.
Finalized with 40KWh and delivery date is a vague "Early 2013"...that would be nice...

Brian H | January 16, 2013

Lot of plug install jobs hitting the electricians' markets, and the flow will only get larger.

tesla-ss | January 17, 2013

No email. But the saw the finalize button just over an hour ago!
P85kw, black/black, pano, air, 21" grey, no child seats, tech pkg, sound

tesla-ss | January 17, 2013

oops. P15170

mnkllmarinko | January 17, 2013

No email for me either, but received the finalize button. P15283.

mlaiken | January 17, 2013

Wow, they are flying through res #'s lately. I wonder if this is because they just want to lock-in as many people as they can or if they are having a high number of cancellations. What kind of delivery estimate did the recent finalize people get?

skymaster | January 17, 2013

E-mail came one hour ago for #15,327. I want the car delivered around June 1st. I am not sure when I should finalize.

SD Supercharger | January 17, 2013

Wow, they are flying through res #'s lately. I wonder if this is because they just want to lock-in as many people as they can or if they are having a high number of cancellations. What kind of delivery estimate did the recent finalize people get?

Mlaiken
The only official word we got was that Tesla would try to get all of the pre-2013 orders finalized by the end of Jan. 2013. The more finalized orders they get, the easier it is to batch the production--making it really difficult for anyone to know when you will get delivery.

GLarwill | January 17, 2013

Suspect they want to get solid numbers/orders etc from as many customers as possible before earnings call in Feb.

This is ~300 RES# in 1 day. Yes, flying!

drp | January 17, 2013

There was an article I think in consumer reports online or maybe it was a different company but I just read it last night and they said that Tesla is up to 20,000 cars for 2013 expected production at this point. The article directly indicated that they are now in "full production" but it is not clear if the reporter is correct.

Kleist | January 17, 2013

There was a December e-mail that everyone with a reservation before 12/31 will get invited to finalize in January... last reported reservation was 17,849... so more the 2 thousand to go and only 10 working days left.

gregv64 | January 17, 2013

@drp: All Tesla said is that they are currently producing at a rate of 20,000 cars per year. Since that was their stated goal the reporter probably translated it as "full production". However, Tesla also said they could ramp production of the S+X up to 50,000 cars per year on the current assembly line. So while they are currently producing at a rate of 20,000 cars per year, that doesn't mean they aren't planning to build more than 20,000 cars in 2013.

drp | January 17, 2013

Hi Greg

Exactly. That is what I am saying. It is to point out to those of us who are wondering how quickly we can receive our vehicle that it is likely going to be sooner than we think..

tsx_5 | January 17, 2013

15343 - got my email this evening...

rickemishler | January 17, 2013

Reservation#15430. Email and "Button" both late this afternoon.

RM

Brian H | January 17, 2013

Earlier it appeared it might take till fall to reach the '3-month waiting period' from order to delivery. But it looks like TM is pushing to make that happen ASAP, like right now!

paulehardy | January 17, 2013

Is the production rate going to exceed the reservation rate? That could be a problem for Tesla if the wait times get too short. Hope not.

Brian H | January 17, 2013

It must for a while if TM is going to "catch up". But just a wee touch of promotion and the reservation rate will soar. GeorgeB must be in agony over having to restrain himself.

gregv64 | January 18, 2013

By my reading, although we are starting to have people who have only waited 4 months or so getting their cars, the gap will actually start to increase soon. There was a large increase in the reservation rate in Nov/Dec, and some delayed production (40kWh, red and then europe) will start to come online in a couple months. My guess is that somebody reserving today would have a 6-8 month wait.

Brian H | January 18, 2013

The race is on! Will reservations tromple production and explode backorders, or will production suck the backlog dry and start producing huge lots full of unsold inventory?

rlpm | January 18, 2013

Daily obligatory bump: anyone get a finalize/configure button or email today?

rodf | January 18, 2013

Got mine yesterday! 15394!

drp | January 18, 2013

Just got my delivery button...Feb5-19... Yes!!!!

Brian H | January 18, 2013

drp;
and please remind us, what is your res#??

andykeller | January 21, 2013

I just got the email and finalized. #15675

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