Instead of choosing options and waiting a few weeks for the delivery of a specially configured Tesla, buyers can now review Tesla's new Model 3s inventory online and find cars available for immediate delivery (within a few days).
Typically, Tesla uses a "reservation" system to queue up to buy a car, allowing buyers to choose the options they like and have a specific car configuration delivered to them. Because of this system, there is often time to buy a Tesla. First, for the earliest reservation keepers, the wait can be a few years before the car comes out, they are invited to set up, and their cars are built and delivered.
When production has increased, this usually reduces down to a delay of a few weeks between configuration and delivery. But for some buyers, it's just not fast enough.
So Tesla began letting customers buy new and used vans with much shorter delivery timelines. Depending on whether the car is local, cars can be delivered within a few days or less. This would be good for customers who need a car faster than Tesla could build it, and it has also been used to increase sales at the end of the quarter.
This information was first available to Tesla's sales staff. A buyer would set up a car so if they seemed worried about having to wait or if Tesla wanted to get them in a car earlier, an employee could check the system to find a similar configuration available on a shorter timeline. Soon, Tesla decided to list these cars online ̵
Until today, this was only available for Model S and X. There are still no used cars listed for Model 3, but Tesla's new inventory is available to anyone to browse online. Also, cars are only shown in some geos like California.
One of the great things about Tesla's vans is that occasionally one can catch a "deal". Tesla often says that they do not make discounts as traditional car dealers (although recent price changes believed in the claim). But for cars that serve as a floor model, like test vehicles or otherwise look a bit in Tesla's fleet, it is fair that a buyer will not pay full price. So Tesla uses standard price reductions based on mileage and length in the fleet, which can result in "offers" for buyers who don't mind lightly used vans.
Although we do not yet have the Model 3 – none of the vehicles we could find on the site had any discount compared to buying a new car – it gets us one step closer to it.
Depending on what happens to the Standard Range Model 3, this may be one of a few ways to get your hands on. While Tesla says they still take "off-menu" orders for Standard Range cars, we don't know how long it will last. We noticed at least one Standard Range car available on the site, but who knows what else might happen there.
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