Wow what a day! My outlook has changed!

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So here I go...

I got my car today. It has issues. It needs the right quarter panel painted. The headliner going down the left A piller buldges. The right rear passenger door trim buldges. My iphone won't charge with the supplied cable etc... etc... etc... I'll have to give my baby back to the SC in Austin at some point but I chose to take the car today and will schedule the repair for later.

The only other gripe I have at this point is I was freezing my kids in the back seat. There are no controls for the vents back there and you can't turn them off. With the sun coming in the car I was hot and they were freezing. Go figure. I wish they could close off the vents or do something to moderate the temp back there. (Or I could adjust the amount of air going to the rear vents like my wife's van).

Also when I got to the service center for an 11am appointment no one approached us. I looked into the area where the cars were being delivered and no silver car in there. We didn't know what to do and there was no obvious place to check in. We sat in a chair with others and had no clue what was going on. One saving grace is there were a bunch of papers to sign after the car was delivered and my name was on a paper so I had peace of mind. At about 11:40 my wife was getting antsy so I went to ask if we needed to check in or something. A detailer called someone over and he said he would see if someone could help us. At about 11:45 someone called our name. I am willing to give them some grace because there was a bit of disarray because a man was there with his wife and he surprised her with a Model 3. She had no clue. She thought she was there because her nephew ordered a blue one. They were next to us and the car was red. My wife who was supposed to come to get trained on the car didn't hear any of the training because she was eves dropping their conversation. Apparently they came out and the car they were looking at was red. The wife said "Didn't you order a blue one?" The husband then said "This is your car!" Then she said "I have never had a new car before". My wife said it was so awesome and I didn't hear any of it because I was being trained through the features and getting my phone hooked up.

With all that said when they called my name my mood changed from being slightly discouraged by the lack of customer service to total euphoria. My car wasn't in there but they magically pulled it through a side door I didn't even notice. I was second guessing my color choice. There was a midnight silver in there that looked awesome. A blue in there that looked awesome. Then the red one. But when I went out and saw my silver model 3 I was in love. It was mine. I spent 2 years gestating that baby in my mind and boy was it more than I could have imagined. I didn't care what they told me. I didn't care the faults. My wife was diligently looking around the car for issues and I was totally lovestruck. I could barely function. It was amazing. Time stood still.

The Tesla team was very up front. After we got to the car they said "well we found a small issue and you can either leave the car here and pick it up in 2 weeks or take it today and bring it back". The issue is I have a very weird paint spray pattern on the right rear quarter panel. It is on the hip line right under the quarter window. I can't take a picture of it it is so faint. It looks like three lines almost ridges in the paint. If I didn't know any better I would have thought it was shadows from the studio lighting in the room. Anyway my quarter panel will have to be resprayed. And I don't care. I love the car. Before I sat in the car and drove it I would have probably sat here on the forums thinking I would refuse the car and ask for another one. Let me tell you that was impossible for me. Even with its few flaws that might not be on that Honda Accord this is no Honda Accord. I equate this more to a Ferrari. You buy it for the mystique or the passion. You deal with the quirks. It is amazing. I sure hope it holds up to my day to day life but I have an entire new idea of why people who have a Tesla now couldn't buy anything else. I'll even venture to say that right now any other EV wouldn't be the same. It is the entire package.

After we went and picked up the car we went and surprised the kids. They didn't know we were getting the car today. My 14 year old got out at 1:30 today and I hid the Tesla behind my wife's minivan (we didn't have time to head home to drop the van off). When my daughter came out and was putting her bags in the back of the van I crept the car forward silently and after I was about 1/2 car length past the van she noticed. At first she looked at me and kind of surprised I was there and not at work then she asked "what is wrong?" she thought it was a rental car. Then after about 30 seconds she saw the door handles (which I had explained to my wife and her so they could tell a Model 3 from a Model S) and she just started screaming "YOU GOT YOUR TESLA???". Then I gave a ride to a dear friend who was amazed by it. After that we picked up our two younger kids and they really loved it.

I have had a busy day and am exhausted. I am so tired from all the emotions I have had today. My wife is super happy for me. Also she said "You better hope I don't want an X". Here we go!

With that said if you haven't got your car yet don't get discouraged. That day you drive your car for the first time will completely make up for the mistakes of the entire process. Maybe I am overly excited going from a 13 year old truck to this amazing piece of machinery and maybe it wouldn't be as special if I went from an Audi S4 to this car but i can only speak from my enthusiasm. THE CAR IS INCREDIBLE.

Can you see me?
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So here I go...

I got my car today. It has issues. It needs the right quarter panel painted. The headliner going down the left A piller buldges. The right rear passenger door trim buldges. My iphone won't charge with the supplied cable etc... etc... etc... I'll have to give my baby back to the SC in Austin at some point but I chose to take the car today and will schedule the repair for later.

The only other gripe I have at this point is I was freezing my kids in the back seat. There are no controls for the vents back there and you can't turn them off. With the sun coming in the car I was hot and they were freezing. Go figure. I wish they could close off the vents or do something to moderate the temp back there. (Or I could adjust the amount of air going to the rear vents like my wife's van).

Also when I got to the service center for an 11am appointment no one approached us. I looked into the area where the cars were being delivered and no silver car in there. We didn't know what to do and there was no obvious place to check in. We sat in a chair with others and had no clue what was going on. One saving grace is there were a bunch of papers to sign after the car was delivered and my name was on a paper so I had peace of mind. At about 11:40 my wife was getting antsy so I went to ask if we needed to check in or something. A detailer called someone over and he said he would see if someone could help us. At about 11:45 someone called our name. I am willing to give them some grace because there was a bit of disarray because a man was there with his wife and he surprised her with a Model 3. She had no clue. She thought she was there because her nephew ordered a blue one. They were next to us and the car was red. My wife who was supposed to come to get trained on the car didn't hear any of the training because she was eves dropping their conversation. Apparently they came out and the car they were looking at was red. The wife said "Didn't you order a blue one?" The husband then said "This is your car!" Then she said "I have never had a new car before". My wife said it was so awesome and I didn't hear any of it because I was being trained through the features and getting my phone hooked up.

With all that said when they called my name my mood changed from being slightly discouraged by the lack of customer service to total euphoria. My car wasn't in there but they magically pulled it through a side door I didn't even notice. I was second guessing my color choice. There was a midnight silver in there that looked awesome. A blue in there that looked awesome. Then the red one. But when I went out and saw my silver model 3 I was in love. It was mine. I spent 2 years gestating that baby in my mind and boy was it more than I could have imagined. I didn't care what they told me. I didn't care the faults. My wife was diligently looking around the car for issues and I was totally lovestruck. I could barely function. It was amazing. Time stood still.

The Tesla team was very up front. After we got to the car they said "well we found a small issue and you can either leave the car here and pick it up in 2 weeks or take it today and bring it back". The issue is I have a very weird paint spray pattern on the right rear quarter panel. It is on the hip line right under the quarter window. I can't take a picture of it it is so faint. It looks like three lines almost ridges in the paint. If I didn't know any better I would have thought it was shadows from the studio lighting in the room. Anyway my quarter panel will have to be resprayed. And I don't care. I love the car. Before I sat in the car and drove it I would have probably sat here on the forums thinking I would refuse the car and ask for another one. Let me tell you that was impossible for me. Even with its few flaws that might not be on that Honda Accord this is no Honda Accord. I equate this more to a Ferrari. You buy it for the mystique or the passion. You deal with the quirks. It is amazing. I sure hope it holds up to my day to day life but I have an entire new idea of why people who have a Tesla now couldn't buy anything else. I'll even venture to say that right now any other EV wouldn't be the same. It is the entire package.

After we went and picked up the car we went and surprised the kids. They didn't know we were getting the car today. My 14 year old got out at 1:30 today and I hid the Tesla behind my wife's minivan (we didn't have time to head home to drop the van off). When my daughter came out and was putting her bags in the back of the van I crept the car forward silently and after I was about 1/2 car length past the van she noticed. At first she looked at me and kind of surprised I was there and not at work then she asked "what is wrong?" she thought it was a rental car. Then after about 30 seconds she saw the door handles (which I had explained to my wife and her so they could tell a Model 3 from a Model S) and she just started screaming "YOU GOT YOUR TESLA???". Then I gave a ride to a dear friend who was amazed by it. After that we picked up our two younger kids and they really loved it.

I have had a busy day and am exhausted. I am so tired from all the emotions I have had today. My wife is super happy for me. Also she said "You better hope I don't want an X". Here we go!

With that said if you haven't got your car yet don't get discouraged. That day you drive your car for the first time will completely make up for the mistakes of the entire process. Maybe I am overly excited going from a 13 year old truck to this amazing piece of machinery and maybe it wouldn't be as special if I went from an Audi S4 to this car but i can only speak from my enthusiasm. THE CAR IS INCREDIBLE.

Can you see me?
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@ummgood, Congrats!!! :D:DIt's been a long time coming!!! :):) My turn tomorrow!!! :p
 

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The only other gripe I have at this point is I was freezing my kids in the back seat. There are no controls for the vents back there and you can't turn them off. With the sun coming in the car I was hot and they were freezing. Go figure. I wish they could close off the vents or do something to moderate the temp back there. (Or I could adjust the amount of air going to the rear vents like my wife's van).
You can turn on/off the rear vents quite easily...
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Wow tomorrow! Maybe I am nuts but I can't wait to see if anyone else has the same reaction I did. Oh it needs paint, "That's fine let me drive it!".
Yes indeed! Sort of like, "Shut up and take my money!" Haha! :D I am hoping and praying that I don't see any major issues. to me repainting the quarter panel is a major issue. :eek: Since my wife will be picking up my son about the time I pick up the car, I have a good friend from work going with me to pick it up. He will help me with the going over the car in detail. Did they give you time to check out the car before you sign the final docs? How long did you have to check out the car? Congrats again! I don't know if I will be able to sleep tonight. :p
 

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Yes indeed! Sort of like, "Shut up and take my money!" Haha! :D I am hoping and praying that I don't see any major issues. to me repainting the quarter panel is a major issue. :eek: Since my wife will be picking up my son about the time I pick up the car, I have a good friend from work going with me to pick it up. He will help me with the going over the car in detail. Did they give you time to check out the car before you sign the final docs? How long did you have to check out the car? Congrats again! I don't know if I will be able to sleep tonight. :p
Time what’s that?? I didn’t feel rushed but it was short maybe 10 minutes. My wife looked it over too. I wasn’t too picky and just looked for glaring issues like dings or scratches on the inside or outside. I can live with the other items but I will bring up the bulging panels because I think it is obvious I couldn’t have caused those. I wanted to make sure more than anything that I noticed things that they could blame on me.
 

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Time what’s that?? I didn’t feel rushed but it was short maybe 10 minutes. My wife looked it over too. I wasn’t too picky and just looked for glaring issues like dings or scratches on the inside or outside. I can live with the other items but I will bring up the bulging panels because I think it is obvious I couldn’t have caused those. I wanted to make sure more than anything that I noticed things that they could blame on me.
Agreed. Will be looking for glaring issues. I won’t be overly picky. Wow! 10 minutes! I am hoping for at least 15 :p
 

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Maybe I am nuts but I can't wait to see if anyone else has the same reaction I did. Oh it needs paint, "That's fine let me drive it!".
Congrats, man! Thanks for sharing all the details of your emotional roller-coaster of a day. I absolutely guarantee you that I will have the exact same reaction as you did to any minor issues that my car may have at delivery... as long as it has four wheels, at least one working motor, and a steering wheel, it will be hard to just leave it there. :)

Your experience waiting at the delivery center reminded me of standing around at school / daycare pickup, scanning the steady stream of departing children for the one that's yours. "Meh... meh... huh, that's a pretty cool lunchbox... meh... oh hey, it's little whats-his-name that I keep hearing about... meh... WAIT!! YAAAY THERE'S MY BOY!! AND WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT GOOK STUCK IN HIS HAIR AND HOW AM I GOING TO GET IT OUT BEFORE BEDTIME BUT COME HERE MY PRECIOUS LITTLE MAN!!!" :D
 

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Wow, great write up and very encouraging for those of us still waiting. Thanks for sharing your experience, it's great to hear positive stories like this. I imagine I'll be the same way, love at first sight and nothing short of the car exploding will make me want to leave without it. Enjoy that beautiful baby, and thanks for sharing the delivery!
 

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So here I go...

I got my car today. It has issues. It needs the right quarter panel painted. The headliner going down the left A piller buldges. The right rear passenger door trim buldges. My iphone won't charge with the supplied cable etc... etc... etc... I'll have to give my baby back to the SC in Austin at some point but I chose to take the car today and will schedule the repair for later.

The only other gripe I have at this point is I was freezing my kids in the back seat. There are no controls for the vents back there and you can't turn them off. With the sun coming in the car I was hot and they were freezing. Go figure. I wish they could close off the vents or do something to moderate the temp back there. (Or I could adjust the amount of air going to the rear vents like my wife's van).

Also when I got to the service center for an 11am appointment no one approached us. I looked into the area where the cars were being delivered and no silver car in there. We didn't know what to do and there was no obvious place to check in. We sat in a chair with others and had no clue what was going on. One saving grace is there were a bunch of papers to sign after the car was delivered and my name was on a paper so I had peace of mind. At about 11:40 my wife was getting antsy so I went to ask if we needed to check in or something. A detailer called someone over and he said he would see if someone could help us. At about 11:45 someone called our name. I am willing to give them some grace because there was a bit of disarray because a man was there with his wife and he surprised her with a Model 3. She had no clue. She thought she was there because her nephew ordered a blue one. They were next to us and the car was red. My wife who was supposed to come to get trained on the car didn't hear any of the training because she was eves dropping their conversation. Apparently they came out and the car they were looking at was red. The wife said "Didn't you order a blue one?" The husband then said "This is your car!" Then she said "I have never had a new car before". My wife said it was so awesome and I didn't hear any of it because I was being trained through the features and getting my phone hooked up.

With all that said when they called my name my mood changed from being slightly discouraged by the lack of customer service to total euphoria. My car wasn't in there but they magically pulled it through a side door I didn't even notice. I was second guessing my color choice. There was a midnight silver in there that looked awesome. A blue in there that looked awesome. Then the red one. But when I went out and saw my silver model 3 I was in love. It was mine. I spent 2 years gestating that baby in my mind and boy was it more than I could have imagined. I didn't care what they told me. I didn't care the faults. My wife was diligently looking around the car for issues and I was totally lovestruck. I could barely function. It was amazing. Time stood still.

The Tesla team was very up front. After we got to the car they said "well we found a small issue and you can either leave the car here and pick it up in 2 weeks or take it today and bring it back". The issue is I have a very weird paint spray pattern on the right rear quarter panel. It is on the hip line right under the quarter window. I can't take a picture of it it is so faint. It looks like three lines almost ridges in the paint. If I didn't know any better I would have thought it was shadows from the studio lighting in the room. Anyway my quarter panel will have to be resprayed. And I don't care. I love the car. Before I sat in the car and drove it I would have probably sat here on the forums thinking I would refuse the car and ask for another one. Let me tell you that was impossible for me. Even with its few flaws that might not be on that Honda Accord this is no Honda Accord. I equate this more to a Ferrari. You buy it for the mystique or the passion. You deal with the quirks. It is amazing. I sure hope it holds up to my day to day life but I have an entire new idea of why people who have a Tesla now couldn't buy anything else. I'll even venture to say that right now any other EV wouldn't be the same. It is the entire package.

After we went and picked up the car we went and surprised the kids. They didn't know we were getting the car today. My 14 year old got out at 1:30 today and I hid the Tesla behind my wife's minivan (we didn't have time to head home to drop the van off). When my daughter came out and was putting her bags in the back of the van I crept the car forward silently and after I was about 1/2 car length past the van she noticed. At first she looked at me and kind of surprised I was there and not at work then she asked "what is wrong?" she thought it was a rental car. Then after about 30 seconds she saw the door handles (which I had explained to my wife and her so they could tell a Model 3 from a Model S) and she just started screaming "YOU GOT YOUR TESLA???". Then I gave a ride to a dear friend who was amazed by it. After that we picked up our two younger kids and they really loved it.

I have had a busy day and am exhausted. I am so tired from all the emotions I have had today. My wife is super happy for me. Also she said "You better hope I don't want an X". Here we go!

With that said if you haven't got your car yet don't get discouraged. That day you drive your car for the first time will completely make up for the mistakes of the entire process. Maybe I am overly excited going from a 13 year old truck to this amazing piece of machinery and maybe it wouldn't be as special if I went from an Audi S4 to this car but i can only speak from my enthusiasm. THE CAR IS INCREDIBLE.

Can you see me?
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I love everything about this post! The rising action, the plot twists, the waves of emotion — it has it all :)

PS my wife wants an X. Your wife will want an X. Getting your first Tesla appears to just be entry into an expensive and permanent club!
 

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@ummgood, Congrats!!! :D:DIt's been a long time coming!!! :):) My turn tomorrow!!! :p
Good luck sleeping tonight :p

And congrats OP, love the story. My delivery was almost delayed because a door handle was sticking and needed to be replaced. I asked to pick it up the same day anyway and am so glad I did. Just had it serviced today and it’s good as new.
 

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Here is my grade of the Model 3 delivery process...

Up to receiving the car: D+
Sitting in the car the first time and driving around the first day: A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Grade average: A
What a nice looking car!!! Just exactly like mine from yesterday ^_^ Should've asked my DA to take a picture of me sitting
in the driver seat like you did.
 

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Wow tomorrow! Maybe I am nuts but I can't wait to see if anyone else has the same reaction I did. Oh it needs paint, "That's fine let me drive it!".
I had a similar pickup experience in that it wasn't entirely smooth, and I need to have my door repainted, but I was the exactly the same way as you - everything melts away once you see your baby and there is no way you are refusing delivery after waiting so long. Such an incredible car, quirks and all.