Please Help coordinate my Model 3 Config&Delivery w/ Lease Return

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So I read through a TON of threads and posts on here daily, but still have some questions about timing my Model 3 config/delivery between Tesla and my soon to be lease return mid-July.

Here's my concerns.....

My planned config (Silver Metallic w/ Aeros) is one of the less popular, and some past reservationists have shared their experiences of near instant VIN's in these cases/cars.

So when should I configure, and how long is Tesla willing to push off delivery for my timeline IF a VIN shows up quickly?

My last lease payment is mid-June and I would like to IDEALLY take my Model 3 delivery 1-2 weeks prior to the mid-July lease return, a) to get full usage out of my already paid for lease and b) overlap the two vehicles but ONLY for a few days to allow for ceramic coating/PPF work. ;)

My plan is/was for a June 1st config giving me about 7 1/2 weeks for delivery of the 3... too long? too short? At the same time, I NEED the 3 at LATEST the week of July 16th.

Basically I'm in a mental struggle of too early vs too late without knowing my potential wait for VIN (considering it seems to Vary greatly on color/wheel combo) or how long Tesla can delay delivery.

Info, suggestions or personal experiences requested, thank you!
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So I read through a TON of threads and posts on here daily, but still have some questions about timing my Model 3 config/delivery between Tesla and my soon to be lease return mid-July.

Here's my concerns.....

My planned config (Silver Metallic w/ Aeros) is one of the less popular, and some past reservationists have shared their experiences of near instant VIN's in these cases/cars.

So when should I configure, and how long is Tesla willing to push off delivery for my timeline IF a VIN shows up quickly?

My last lease payment is mid-June and I would like to IDEALLY take my Model 3 delivery 1-2 weeks prior to the mid-July lease return, a) to get full usage out of my already paid for lease and b) overlap the two vehicles but ONLY for a few days to allow for ceramic coating/PPF work. ;)

My plan is/was for a June 1st config giving me about 7 1/2 weeks for delivery of the 3... too long? too short? At the same time, I NEED the 3 at LATEST the week of July 16th.

Basically I'm in a mental struggle of too early vs too late without knowing my potential wait for VIN (considering it seems to Vary greatly on color/wheel combo) or how long Tesla can delay delivery.

Info, suggestions or personal experiences requested, thank you!
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I had a lease return situation also and unfortunately, it did not work out to where I had a gap between Model 3 delivery and lease return of about 3 weeks. Yikes! yes, I was car-less during that time which was a burden on my wife to shuttle me around. I had extended my lease already and so I was not about to extend it again. So, from my timeline, I config my Silver Metallic on April 10th and delivery was on April 25th. 15 days total is crazy fast! As others have said, since you are picking Silver, you may get your car quickly...I would plan for 3 weeks probably from config to delivery - financing process may be fast/slow based on your banking institution. Good luck!
 

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It wasn't for a lease issue but, once I configured, I was able to delay delivery a bit due to vacation. Was only a week and a half (plus an additional 3 day delay due to a software glitch) so mileage may vary since I've heard they don't like long delays when others can take the VIN.

I'd say go with your planned timing and then reach out to your ISA if they're ready to deliver earlier than you'd expected. Better to have the 3 available than have to extend your lease. Then again, you could always rent something fun or uber around like a boss for a few days.

Good luck!
 

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It wasn't for a lease issue but, once I configured, I was able to delay delivery a bit due to vacation. Was only a week and a half (plus an additional 3 day delay due to a software glitch) so mileage may vary since I've heard they don't like long delays when others can take the VIN.

I'd say go with your planned timing and then reach out to your ISA if they're ready to deliver earlier than you'd expected. Better to have the 3 available than have to extend your lease. Then again, you could always rent something fun or uber around like a boss for a few days.

Good luck!
Yeah that's what I mean, VIN shows up quick and Tesla will be pushing... taking it 2-3 weeks beforehand wouldn't be as big of an issue as it not being ready and having no car at all.

My lease co. Ally Bank subbed via Chrysler sucks, they don't apply cap. cost reductions to lease extensions and are telling me my payments would be like $200 more per month and only term available is 3-months. I'm not getting screwed like that, rather just take the Model 3 and apply my funds in my dream car (of the month realistically haha). :)

How long is Tesla willing to hold off delivery? Anybody straight up ask?
 

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Yeah that's what I mean, VIN shows up quick and Tesla will be pushing... taking it 2-3 weeks beforehand wouldn't be as big of an issue as it not being ready and having no car at all.

My lease co. Ally Bank subbed via Chrysler sucks, they don't apply cap. cost reductions to lease extensions and are telling me my payments would be like $200 more per month and only term available is 3-months. I'm not getting screwed like that, rather just take the Model 3 and apply my funds in my dream car (of the month realistically haha). :)

How long is Tesla willing to hold off delivery? Anybody straight up ask?
Saw a thread recently about this (can’t find it at the moment, might be on the “other” Tesla forum). The poster was told he could delay up to a week before Tesla will assign you a different vin. However, the Tesla rep also made it sound like it wasn’t exactly official policy and the delivery specialist assigned to you has some leeway if they choose to use it.

As to your specific scenario, it depends on how much of an inconvenience not having a car would be. Owners here have experienced so much variability with their delivery timelines that any specific advice they could give would amount to shot in the dark.

If it were me I would definitely go with an earlier delivery and write off the wasted lease as a fair trade for being able to drive a Model 3.
 

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If it were me I would definitely go with an earlier delivery and write off the wasted lease as a fair trade for being able to drive a Model 3.
I have a lease that runs through September and that is exactly how I'm thinking about the possibility of taking delivery before then.
 

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If it were me I would definitely go with an earlier delivery and write off the wasted lease as a fair trade for being able to drive a Model 3.
You would think after waiting 2 years for a car this would go without saying.

My silver 3 was delivered 8 days after configuring and the thought never crossed my mind should I just wait until my Volt lease is up next February.

Luckily I have since sold the Volt for the buyout price, which took almost exactly a month to accomplish.
 

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I screwed up and this whole time I though the lease only Chevy Spark EV was 36 mos since I leased mine the same time a bunch of my other friends leased their spark EV’s.

Turns out the lease on my EV was 39 mos and I have an additional 2500 miles I can go. I was thinking of turning in early so I don’t pay registration, but realized I’ve already paid for those 2500 miles + insurance on it is cheap + registration is cheap + already has HOV stickers. So instead my wife is gonna use it for the next 3 mos and keep miles off her car.

Downside is that now I have 5 cars instead of 4 (2 of them are my fun weekend toys that stay garaged the other two is our commuters) + I’m still waiting for my electrician to install my charger which makes charging two cars challenging.
 

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You would think after waiting 2 years for a car this would go without saying.

My silver 3 was delivered 8 days after configuring and the thought never crossed my mind should I just wait until my Volt lease is up next February.
Don't get me wrong I WANT the 3 ASAP, but not willing to take on two payments at the same time. I also have about 4,000 miles left in my lease which I'll never use by July.... only average about 8,500 per year (10K lease). :cool:

8-Days! Wow, one of the quickest I've read of.... I don't think there's any way I would be under 2-3 weeks config to delivery on the East coast unless they had one rejected and sitting around.
 

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8-Days! Wow, one of the quickest I've read of.... I don't think there's any way I would be under 2-3 weeks config to delivery on the East coast unless they had one rejected and sitting around.
I know, I was literally in shock when they called, and it could have been only 7 days but I didn’t want to drive to the delivery center at 5:30 Friday afternoon during rush hour so I opted for the next morning.
This was on March 31 which was the last day of the quarter, and I believe they were trying to get as many of these delivered locally as possible to get that final number up.

Anyway best of luck with yours, and you will absolutely love it once you get it!
 

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Delivery conditions and VIN assignments seem to change every few days. As a Washingtonian, I’ve been watching these forums like a hawk these past three weeks, as though that’ll make the ordering cycle more predictable.

Since you’re in New Jersey, I’d say if you wanted any color other than silver to order now—but Tesla may, or may not, have one on an east coast lot looking for a match. It’s been a bit since a “flash VIN assignment” has been reported here, though. Just one after my configuration date.

You could always defer delivery if you get a VIN sooner than you wanted. VINs get reassigned; a fellow Washingtonian lost his initial VIN just by requesting a different delivery center.

My suspicion is as the factory output ramps up, the number of delivery chokepoints will increase. We’ve started seeing a few reports—one vehicle in a train car in the midwest waiting to switch freight trains, a shortage of transporters to drive some north, delivery center appointments booking two weeks out. They clear up, but there’s a week or two more before delivery. Configuring eight weeks prior to your lease coming up leaves some room for that.
 

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Since you’re in New Jersey, I’d say if you wanted any color other than silver to order now....

You could always defer delivery if you get a VIN sooner than you wanted. VINs get reassigned; a fellow Washingtonian lost his initial VIN just by requesting a different delivery center.

My suspicion is as the factory output ramps up, the number of delivery choke points will increase.
Agree, if I was going for another color I probably would have.... ;)

Also agree about the ramp up and the delivery point issues... I've been saying this for a while now that when/if Tesla gets to 5-6K production per week could they even come close to delivering that many?
 
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So my timeline is working out PERFECT with my recent updates....

Monday 6/25 - Edit button disappeared from my Tesla account, followed by what I though initially was a generic Tesla email from Vegas.

Wednesday 6/27 - Turns out my ISA Joey from Vegas is THE man, and confirmed my VIN of 37310 AND possible delivery dates of July 13th or 14th.

I'm sticking with my lucky Friday the 13th as It was the day I got my config invite in April and now the day I HOPE to take delivery 3-months later... days before my current lease is due for return. :eek:
 
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It sounds like some believe the color chosen can increase or decrease delivery time. I intend to configure for Black. Seems the default generic color would be the fastest if color has any difference. How can I find out if Silver is faster?

Thanks!
 

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It sounds like some believe the color chosen can increase or decrease delivery time. I intend to configure for Black. Seems the default generic color would be the fastest if color has any difference. How can I find out if Silver is faster?
It all depends on how many Tesla makes of each color, and whether they've created more or less of that color than there is demand for it.

In other words, you're going to make a guess, and it will most likely be wrong. Just get the color you like the most. :)
 

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It sounds like some believe the color chosen can increase or decrease delivery time. I intend to configure for Black. Seems the default generic color would be the fastest if color has any difference. How can I find out if Silver is faster?

Thanks!
I would agree to that overall, supply and demand.... data seems to follow the trends too.

https://sites.google.com/view/teslamodel3invites/invites/options

https://sites.google.com/view/teslamodel3invites/vin-reports/color-and-wheel

Silver is the least popular color overall, only about half as many as Black and that make me love it even more. ;)