I live in Virginia, USA, and believe that the forms Tesla Motors sends to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) should show the actual odometer reading shown on the screen in the Tesla vehicle. Immediately below is my initial post on the topic (in a somewhat-unrelated thread), along with the two comments others made about my post. I am now starting this separate thread on the topic because I think the issue is important, and I don't agree that it is okay to (falsely?) say 50 miles simply because that is how Tesla Motors always does it. If you look at the DMV forms at the two links at the end of this post, you might understand why I think the true odometer reading should be shown on those forms.
rasmussen305 | December 17, 2016
My wife and I took delivery of our Model S at the Tyco Road store Dec. 2nd, and had an issue regarding the odometer reading. The odometer showed 7 miles, which was consistent with the Virginia safety-inspection document showing 6 miles three days earlier. Also, the delivery person said that 7 was the actual mileage. The problem was that the delivery person pushed us to sign a DMV document certifying that the odometer reading was 50 miles! We refused to do that. Instead, we changed the 50 to the true 7, initialed the change, and then signed the document. Unfortunately, in spite of our certification of the true odometer reading of 7, the title for our Model S states that the odometer reading at delivery was 50!
TeslaTap.com | December 17, 2016
@rasmussen - Tesla has been using a fixed number since the start. Back in 2013 it was 95 miles on everyone's docs. It's just an easy way to write up the documentation in advance. I think I had 23 miles on my odometer. Not sure what the concern is. My guess is all the docs are filed electronically as well, so changing the physical document likely never got into the electronic version sent to the DMV. I guess if you get a Ticket before your actual 50 miles you could claim Tesla owned it then! I wouldn't try it though :)
Bighorn | December 17, 2016
50 miles goes on everyone's paperwork. No big deal.