Tesla Model 3 Reservation Holders Say They’ve Had Radio Silence From Tesla – Jalopnik

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Many Tesla Model 3 reservation holders are looking for guidance on when they can expect the car to be delivered, as a Bloomberg report today showed. More info is expected at a Tesla event on Friday, but several who’ve paid a $1,000 deposit for the car offered Jalopnik varied opinions about the car’s delivery date. What’s clear is that Tesla has been virtually radio silent since reservations first became available in 2016.

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Some owners said this has led them to cancel their reservation entirely, while others might reconsider depending on what’s disclosed on Friday.

And, expectedly, there’s enthusiasts who still don’t mind the wait.

Ky Wagner, 23, said he spent the night at Tesla’s store in Santa Barbara to make a reservation on day one. He’s hoping for some answers on Friday. (Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the event.)

“I’m lucky that I have a little piece of mind in knowing I’m towards the front of the pack or the lack of communications would have me frustrated,” Wagner said. “If I were towards the back of the reservation queue I probably would have canceled my deposit and just waited to pick the car up off of a store lot in a year or two.”

“I do wish Tesla would be a little more forthcoming at this stage about when they expect us to pay for our cars, so I could start looking into financing so I could be prepared,” he added. “I’m concerned that because I don’t have 30-40K$ cash on me I may loose my space in line if they just open up the order portal on Friday with out warning.”

He’s not expecting to purchase a fully-optioned car, part of the reason why he thinks Tesla has delayed the rollout of higher trim levels for the Model 3.

“Besides keeping choke points low on the production floor, I think they want to help as many people who wouldn’t be able to afford a $50k+ car, but have been loyal Tesla fans get the tax credit to make things easier,” he said. “People who are fully loading their cars don’t need the help, and will probably buy the car anyways.”

But he’s heard little from Tesla since the reservation was made.

“We just wish there was a little more communication about the financials because its a lot of money for us, and I won’t be able to get mine with out the tax credit (but I’m confident my place in line will ensure that),” he said.

Living in California helps Wagner. Tesla’s expected to deliver the Model 3 in staggered fashion: first, to employees; next to current Model S and X owners; then, to reservation holders who live on the west coast and on east.

That’s probably why Troy Holmes isn’t feeling too good about his chances of getting the car soon. He hasn’t heard anything since placing a deposit in May. (Musk has said newcomers shouldn’t expect the car to be delivered until at least May 2018)

I am up in Canada and have no real concrete news as to when we will see our model 3’s….annoying quite frankly!

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Isaac Fortner isn’t worried, however. He also reserved on day 1, booking online as soon as reservations went active. Living in Oregon, he feels fairly confident about getting the car by spring 2018, thanks to being the early deposit and estimates from fan generated sites that use aggregate date for an approximate delivery.

“Who knows if that’s accurate, but it’s certainly better than if someone placed a reservation today,” he said.

I wish I was one of the lucky 30, but I believe all of the first cars are going to Tesla employees who paid full price for the car. I am not attending Friday’s even, and I’m as in the dark as the rest of the world on what options will be available, but hopefully Friday’s event will reveal all that.

Andrew, an attorney from Chicago who didn’t want his last name published, echoed Fortner about the reservation worries. He said the Model 3 will be his wife’s daily driver, and that the lack of communication isn’t a terrible surprise for him.

I reserved in store on day 1, without knowing what the Tesla would even look like. …

Yes, reservation holders don’t know a lot but (i) we expect to finally find out much more on Friday and (ii) it’s understandable that too much excitement about the Model 3 might curb Model S / X sales.

Also, well informed enthusiasts that follow the Tesla subreddit and the TMC forum see spyshots and get small tidbits of information from earnings calls and executive public appearances.

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