It's Time to Build Your Model S

Apologies if there's already a thread for this, but I just got my notification

It's time to have some fun designing and finalizing your Model S. We have made the entire process available online from anywhere with an internet connection.


The days of having to stop into an auto dealer to buy a car are over. We have made the entire process available from anywhere with an internet connection. You can design your car, request paperwork and even sign your paperwork from the comfort of your home. If you have not designed your Model S yet, you can start right here. If you already designed your car and are ready to request paperwork, just click here to continue the process.


We want this process to be fun and easy so if you have any questions we're here to help. If you prefer to walk through the process with an experienced Product Specialist, just give us a call at 888.771.2505, email us, or stop by one of our stores.

This is a very exciting next step and we look forward to sharing it with you. In just a few short months, you'll be one of the very first drivers on the planet to experience the fun and exhilaration of Model S. Let's get your car on the road!


Tesla Product Specialist Team

Now off to make some choices... P779

Just got the finalize email, I'm P6421.

I got it, I got it! My "Time To Build" email! I am reservation number 6352. No P or S, just plain old base model, most I've ever spent on a car, Model S. Sooo excited!

Chris & cpetrush -- Very cool!
When you configure can you post your delivery time estimate?

Must have been a big batch because I just got it too. 6299. Anyone want to spot me $50k. I am good for it.

P5743 and I got mine today right around lunch time.

You are a "P"; that's the local flag for any non-Sig reservation.


P5801. The email came today.

Estimate is Jan/Feb. There is a $4000 discrepancy between the design page and the final total.
Anyone know what's up with that? The total on the finalize page doesn't add up right either.
I'll probably call them tomorrow unless anyone knows.

Errr... Never mind. I edited my design, then undid the change and the discrepancy went away.
Looks like a bug.

Does it seem odd to anyone that reservation numbers as high as P6421 are already getting their email? I wouldn't expect that for a couple months yet.

Don't get me wrong, it's exciting if it really means these folks are 2-3 months out from getting their cars. But is that really the case?

It's definitely more than 2-3 months early. I received my my email August and am told Dec delivery. I'd say 4 months early is more like it.

Exciting! With P9045, it looks like a January (?) email and an April (?) delivery for me! Go Tesla!

#5945. Got my "Time to Build" email Oct 1. Estimated Delivery is Jan/Feb.
Ordered Grey 85 kwh Performance with Pano, Tech and 21" silver rims

So with P7214, does Feb March sound about right for delivery, based on P5945 estimates, and all the above data? I keep checking for my time to build email. My excitement has spread to friends and relatives coast to coast.

Well, I'm a bit more cautious on the "time to build email" acceleration that appears to be happening. With the recent 5k production miss announced and the subsequent reduction in revenue targets, doesn't it seem odd that they'd now choose to accelerate the contract lock ins with customers that are are as could be as far out as April or May?

There is always a chance Tesla has fixed whatever was slowing them down and now they can step it up several notches but the pessimist in me says they are trying to lock in revenue to make up for delayed production targets. I do believe there is some sort of down payment required upon signing the documents? If not, then of course my pessimism is unfounded and I retract.

No down payment that I know of.

Just got my email today. P6447. Any thoughts about when mine might be delivered? I was originally estimating March but not sure now.

To me that sounds that whatever the delay was it is now fixed, or to be more precise has been fixed some time ago, and they are now ramping up the production. The 5000 target can't be achieved this year simply because it is already beginning of October. If you make something like 4500 cars in just three months it would mean 18000 cars next year which in turn would mean that they would already be nearly at desired max speed, and no ramping is being done anymore.

They are proceeding as planned, just with initial delay, probably like Elon said "stupid little" outsourced things that cause unexpected production delay.

Tesla recognizes revenue only on delivery (I think you can check the last SEC filling related to the stock offering). One can also question the present cash position (for configured cars, $10k are not refundable) but that is a non-issue either, they just got $195M from the last stock offering.

There are more possible reasons for locking in configs than some vigorous ramp-up. It could be that there are many cancelations and not enough 85kWh orders and they need visibility. Many other reasons can hide behind that but there is no point to speculate further without any hard data.

No email yet but P7097 has a finalize button in my garage. Says Feb-Mar delivery.

I am 7065 and my finalize button just appeared also.

TIme for a SWAG.

Based on the SEC filing and taking it at face value, we are looking at c. 3500 cars by end of year, being buit at 400 per week.

Assuming some of the cancellations are Sigs, SSLs, Rs and low Ps, and assuming minimal lag between build and delivery, then by End Dec TM should be delivering approx car # P2000.

Allowing for other cancelations and rounding errors we get something like:

End Jan: P3800
End Feb: P5600
End Mar: P7400
End Apr: P9200

TM reps have been quoted as saying TM is still trying to build 5000 cars by year end, so your guess is as good as mine.

The most obvious reason for locking in configs early is for JIT delivery of parts. I would much rather be giving my outsourced component supplier a 3 month lead time than 2 weeks!

Thanks for the discussion and counter points.

Of the supplied reasons for acceleration:
1) trying to get more revenue
2) trying to give suppliers more lead time
3) they are ramping to a 20k/year rate faster now that they've fixed w/e it was
4) there are a lot less 85kWh reservations than they thought
5) there are a lot of cancellations

I hope for 2, 3, and 4. Would be nice to get a "state of the Model S" blog entry soon.

4) there are a lot less 85kWh reservations than they thought

if that is true will my car get produced faster P6997 85kwh?

P6883 just got my finalize email today Oct 3 at 12:05pm Eastern time. Finalize button is now also there.

P6508, just received my finalize email today Oct 3rd. So excited!

6629 and I just finalized my order! Apparently they are looking to batch as efficiently as possible by taking all these final orders today.

P6997, just received my finalize email today Oct 3rd. So excited!

air sup

waiting on paper work

P6588 and I just got my email at 12:06pm Eastern Time.

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