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Delivery Checklist and Owners Guide Google Doc for your use

Latest Update:5 Apr 2014

Hi All,

When my delivery time came in January 2013 I thought I'd pull together a delivery check list. I've been updating it since then, and its now a 20 page buyers', delivery and owners' guide. I present it here as Google Doc for your enjoyment:

It includes the list of things to check (optional things that you've ordered, plus delivery problems that others have reported), and a list of things to learn about during the delivery (mainly based on @Soflauthor's list), plus a list of other useful references including the official Tesla Motors walkthrough video.

The document contains the following sections:
- Before You Buy
- Your Delivery Date Can Change - Be Warned
- Before you take delivery, get the charging solution installed
- What about insurance?
- The big day!!!
- Make sure all the bits and pieces work properly
- Delivery Questions
- What happens if I find something wrong (hopefully not!)
- Things you might not realize about your car
- How far can I really drive?
- Long Distance Driving and Charging on the Go
- Cleaning
- User serviceable items
- Customizing/Other things to do
- Other Interesting Links
- Superchargers
- And when accidents happen...
- For anyone interested in the engineering and patents behind the batteries...

If you want to add anything to it, please add a comment below and I'll update the doc within 24 hours.

April 2014 NEWS: See this thread for exciting info about the checklist and delivery guide

Thanks for posting.

The first pass at the list is this:

  • Basic
    • Correct paint color
    • Correct Leather
    • Correct Trim (especially if CF)
    • Correct Wheels
    • Spoiler (if ordered)
    • Make sure VIN matches paperwork
    • Temporary tags
    • Printed manuals (in glove box)
  • Optional Items
    • Parcel Shelf
    • Child Seats
    • NEMA 14-50 240V adapter
    • NEMA 5-15 110V adapter
    • J1772 adapter
    • Front tag holder
    • Slacker username/password
  • Potential problems reported on TM forums
    • Bubbles Under Paint Armour (should go away on their own)
    • Dirt under clear coat
    • Scratches in paint
    • Frayed headliner
    • Windshield jets pointing to low
    • Tire Pressures too high
    • All doors close properly (door misalignment reported)
    • All handles work properly (various handle problems reported)
    • UMC latches and unlatches without problems
  • Potential Problems - can only be found when driving
    • Wind noise due to misaligned windows
  • Things that might be problematic - make sure they work
    • Homelink setup
    • iPhone syncing
  • Other things to check
    • Do you have the latest software version?

Hi Nick:

"How to display rear view camera video while I’m driving?"

There are static menus both above and below the edges of the 17" display. On top from left to right=Media, Navigation, Energy, Web, Camera, Phone.

You can touch the camera icon on top at any time while parking or driving!

I wouldn't call electrical adapters are "optional". They are "included" as a standard.

For those who ordered High Power Wall Connector, NEMA 6-50 adapter should be included with no extra charge while waiting for HPWC arrival.

on checklist, need to add cargo net
was missing in my car together with the printed manuals
also I still only have v1.15 software

I see wifi on the list. Is WiFi enabled yet? I don't see it as an option anywhere in my car... and I have v4.

Wifi is not enabled yet.

@Per O - I thought the cargo net was not included (it is an accessory orderable from the store). At least I hope it isn't, as I ordered one separately and I doubt I will need a spare :).

If cargo net was an option, then it would be listed under OPTIONS & PRICING page and again when we order the car such as Paint Armor, Parcel Shelf, HPWC...

I thought it was standard, but it looks like it's an after-market option, like the car cover...

The cargo net came with my car, and I didn't pay extra, unless it was bundled with some other option (e.g., Performance interior).

@DouglasR - thanks, I'll see if I can get that cancelled from my order.

@Tam - I put the connectors in 'optional' because I think you can choose which connectors you get with the car. But I see your point. I'll fix it.

Does the J1772 adapter come as standard also?

The J1772 comes standard, along with the NEMA 5-15 (110 volt standard wall outlet) and a 220-240 volt adapter of your choice. Most people get the NEMA 14-50, but as was mentioned above, those who were waiting for the HPWC were given a NEMA 6-50 adapter to use while they waited for the HPWC to arrive.

nickjhowe: Thank you for sharing! I pick mine up this Saturday so your timing is impeccable!

The list is getting the odd update here and there, so make sure you grab the latest when you take delivery.

@DouglasR - thx for the confirmation. I've updated the doc.

Thanks for the list, I'll check it out when I take delivery in a few months.

Just in passing -- some of us don't have iPhones but still have smartphones. :)

@Robert - I'll make the change. :-)


bump for new owners

Nick love the list. Will definitely use ut when my S arrives.

Was wondering if you could add to the "potential problems that can only be found when driving" section, the issue around buffeting caused by the trunk screws not being properly adjusted.


@nickjhowe - thanks for bumping this! I was searching for this yesterday with no success. My car is coming in 2 hours. Thanks again!!!

Cargo net is standard with Signature models but optional otherwise.

@Schlermie, no, my non-Sig came with a cargo net.

DouglasR, given all the traffic and input on this item here and on TMC, I suggest that you are an exception to this. Someone made an error and you got the net is how I net this one out (pun intended).

My mother always told me I was exceptional.

My car was delivered this morning, no cargo net as my delivery specialist had indicated there wouldn't be. So, it was a good thing I had already bought one.


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