Transferring Model 3 Reservation ?

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Hey everyone, long time fan of the website! I've been looking at getting an S for some time, but I would much rather get a 3 and heavily upgrade it and save money instead of getting a base model S with few upgrades.

I have someone that has a reservation underneath their MyTesla account and is willing to give me their account and change the contact information. Would this make the reservation eligible for me or would it get cancelled down the road due to the name on the reservation being different. I'm not sure if anyone 100% knows this, but I'm hoping someone can help point me in the right direction. Thank you!
 
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Thanks for the reply! That is the situation I'm trying to see if there is a workaround to (besides the written permission). I would be in control of the MyTesla account, which would then be registered underneath my name.

I'm assuming Tesla has already thought of this as a possibility and falls underneath their rule.
 

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Thanks for the reply! That is the situation I'm trying to see if there is a workaround to
The only workaround I know of is the fairly obvious one. Have your buddy order & purchase the car, then purchase it from him immediately after delivery. Neither one of you will get the federal rebate with this approach though.

Another option: leave him as the official owner, but you make all the car payments & actually possess the car. Not sure how the insurance works in that case. And it requires a lot of trust between you two.
 

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If I used his MyTesla account, would I be able to pre-order it underneath my name or would it automatically be applied to his name?
Goes under his name.

You're just best to just create your own MyTesla account and put down a deposit. If he doesn't want his he can ask for a refund.
 
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Goes under his name.

You're just best to just create your own MyTesla account and put down a deposit. If he doesn't want his he can ask for a refund.
I just tested it out by creating an account and when reserving the Model 3 it allows you to put the First and Last name of the holder, it's not tied to the account
 

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Another question:

Anyone know if it is possible to postpone the car when Tesla invites us to make the configuration and move on ?
My question is, If I want to delay buying the car for 1 or 2 years, for example, if it is possible to do it without losing the place in the queue.
When my time arrives, I would simply have a place reserved for ordering immediately, because my place in the queue would have arrived a long time ago.

Or do you think you would lose the place and go back to last?
It does not make sense...
 
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Another question:

Anyone know if it is possible to postpone the car when Tesla invites us to make the configuration and move on ?
My question is, If I want to delay buying the car for 1 or 2 years, for example, if it is possible to do it without losing the place in the queue.
When my time arrives, I would simply have a place reserved for ordering immediately, because my place in the queue would have arrived a long time ago.

Or do you think you would lose the place and go back to last?
It does not make sense...
You can delay your configuration indefinitely. You can also delay your delivery but only about 4 months. With Model 3 I have no idea what it does to your spot in the queue of it even has been determined.

Nobody but Tesla knows what their production and queue schedules are. It clearly says that any new reservations can't expect cars until the second half of 2018 at the moment.

All that I know is that my portion in the queue only determines when I get the call to configure in my geographical area. When they produce it and deliver it is a complete mystery.
 
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@garsh only a fool would insure someone like this. Sorry.
That's a very different thing than blurting out that it's tax fraud.

I'm not saying it's a smart thing to do. But if him and his friend are tight, and they both want this to work, then I'm pointing out that there's a way to do so legally, without running afoul of Tesla's T&C, and still obtain the federal tax credit. But it requires a lot of trust between the two parties.
 
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This is an interesting thread I found regarding this issue. https://forums.tesla.com/forum/forums/confusion-about-existing-owner-priority

According to some previous owners, Tesla matches previous owners with email addresses. This doesn't confirm any theory about the names, but it does show that it will link the car to any Tesla account activated with that address. I emailed a DS that I have been in contact with about this situation
 

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Another question:

Anyone know if it is possible to postpone the car when Tesla invites us to make the configuration and move on ?
My question is, If I want to delay buying the car for 1 or 2 years, for example, if it is possible to do it without losing the place in the queue.
You can delay your configuration indefinitely. You can also delay your delivery but only about 4 months. With Model 3 I have no idea what it does to your spot in the queue of it even has been determined.
This was the case on the S and X, but I've seen it mentioned multiple times that the 3 only will let you push your configuration out a single time (some comments note for a set time as well). Not sure if that's speculation or true fact. I went back and looked at my original "thanks for giving us your $1000" email and the Tesla.com Model 3 FAQ page and postponing wasn't listed on either.
But at the same time, a year or two out, the wait time should be minimal for a new order, so if you are not ready at the time you are called up to configure (or extensions expire), get a refund and order when you are ready.