Model 3

how to upgrade your order from the 2020 model 3 to the 2021 model 3

Hello, I recently ordered a model 3 SR+ Last Friday, October 9 2020. a week later this last Friday the updated model 3 2021 was announced. Is there a Path in which I can upgrade my order to the new 2021 model without having to cancel my order? and if so has anyone had any luck? if i knew the 2021 version was coming out a week after an ordered it I would have waited.

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  • Tell tesla you want a 2021 model and if it isn't upon delivery do not accept it.
  • There’s no such thing as a Tesla MY. If yours isn’t built yet, it’ll most likely be the updated version. There are something like 20 minor updates a week (I think that’s what EM said), on average, and very few are remarked upon.
    Be careful what you wish for. Updates are not always improvements. People are already complaining about the new console and wheels. And heat pumps may well disappoint with their feeble warming.
  • > @Bighorn said:
    > There’s no such thing as a Tesla MY. If yours isn’t built yet, it’ll most likely be the updated version. There are something like 20 minor updates a week (I think that’s what EM said), on average, and very few are remarked upon.
    > Be careful what you wish for. Updates are not always improvements. People are already complaining about the new console and wheels. And heat pumps may well disappoint with their feeble warming.

    I got a hold of Someone on the sales team and they Refer to the refresh as Model 3 2021.

    They tried to walk me thru editing my order but there was nowhere to edit under manage. so they will be reaching out to make sure I received the 2021 version. Most likely ill have to wait until Monday to for them to get back to me but someone else that I know ordered there on the 3 of October and they have recieived the updates.

    And as far as the updates like the heat pump and console. I live in Canada in a condo so I have no place to store my car so having the heat pump will help in the winter and if the Storge for sentry mode is located in the glove box That would be perfect in case of a break-in since I live downtown and break-ins are common.
  • > @Bighorn said:
    > There’s no such thing as a Tesla MY.

    Of course there is. The VIN reflects which model year it is.

    If you mean improvements don’t occur just based on model year, that is correct. Tesla makes slight changes almost every week.
  • You could just cancel and re-order.
  • > @FISHEV said:
    > You could just cancel and re-order.

    If you read the terms when you place your order if you cancel you can not reorder the same model for a year so if you order a Model 3 SR+ you cant order one for a year. the only way around this is if you purchase a different model like the long-range.

    But from what I've been able to find is that if you don't have a VIN number assigned yet you should be receiving the new 2021 model
  • > @davelv said:
    > > @Bighorn said:
    > > There’s no such thing as a Tesla MY.
    >
    > Of course there is. The VIN reflects which model year it is.
    >
    > If you mean improvements don’t occur just based on model year, that is correct. Tesla makes slight changes almost every week.
    Of course the vin reflects the year of manufacture. That’s the point of a vin. That’s a different concept historically of Tesla not introducing new Model years many months beforehand, as is industry custom. They have slightly morphed in that direction in very recent times.
    We discussed it last year.
    https://forums.tesla.com/discussion/170087/when-did-tesla-change-their-model-year-policy
  • > @RobAllsopp said:

    > If you read the terms when you place your order if you cancel you can not reorder the same model for a year"

    Don't see that but other draconian fees for cancelling order. Is that new with elimination of 7 day return policy?

    "Order Process; Cancellation; Changes. After you submit your completed order, we will begin the process of preparing and coordinating your Vehicle delivery. At this point, you agree that any paid Order Fee, Order Deposit and Transportation fee have been earned. If you cancel your order or breach this Agreement and we cancel your order, you agree that we may retain as liquidated damages the Order Fee, Order Deposit and Transportation Fee, to the extent not otherwise prohibited by law. You acknowledge that the Order Fee, Order Deposit and Transportation Fee are a fair and reasonable estimate of the actual damages we have incurred or may incur in transporting, remarketing, and reselling the Vehicle, costs which are otherwise impracticable or extremely difficult to determine. If you make changes to your order, you may be subject to potential price increases for any pricing adjustments made since your original Order Date. Any changes made by you to your Vehicle Configuration, including changes to the delivery location or estimated delivery date, will be reflected in a subsequent Vehicle Configuration that will form part of this Agreement. The Order Fee, Order Deposit, Transportation Fee and this Agreement are not made or entered into in anticipation of or pending any conditional sale contract."
  • > to the extent not otherwise prohibited by law.

    Check with your local consumer protection agency.

    If Tesla can't charge you $5k(?) for canceling order in your state, cancel the order. My guess is Tesla will be happy to sell you the upgraded car.
  • “Of course the vin reflects the year of manufacture. “ Not any more. It reflects model year and the 2021 model year is being sold now. Tesla did the same last year selling 2020s in October 2019.
  • The tenth digit represents the Model Year and is standardized by NHSTA. All vehicles from all manufacturers made in 2020 will have an “L” here, an “M” for 2021, and so on.
  • @davelv
    I guess you didn’t follow the link above where I described that last year.
  • OP, no need to follow Fish's advice to "Check with your local consumer protection agency." before cancelling. There's no need to cancel at all.

    Just tell your SA that you want a 2021. They will take care of you. Easy peasy.
  • > @Bighorn said:
    > There’s no such thing as a Tesla MY.

    Yes there is. All cars have a MY it is designated my the 10th unit in the VIN.

    But I’ll agree with newer isn’t always better. Aside from getting our 3 first run I’ve always made it a point to not buy the first year or 2 of significant car updates. I have a friend who was in service with me, rotary wing. His mantra is never buy a new model of helicopter, wait a few years.
  • @coleAK
    Model year and manufacture year are two different concepts. Until a year ago, Tesla was adamant about not having model years. With increasing international deliveries and their incumbent shipping delays, Tesla slipped their December 31st demarcation line earlier by several weeks. It’s not like buying a new Dodge 2021 back in June. It was a sea change in a long established practice, thoroughly discussed at the time in the link I provided above.
  • > @Bighorn said: Until a year ago, Tesla was adamant about not having model years.

    It's a legal requirement of the VIN by NHSTA. Not up to Tesla.
  • Idiot
  • @RobAllsopp - If your car hasn’t been produced yet, it will be a 2021 so don’t worry about it.
  • Supposedly they switched over several weeks ago, everything being built now will have the new features.
  • There's this guy, "@MrScienceTeacher ", who posted in a couple of threads over the past month or so his desire to run a Tesla M3 around the landscape in central North Dakota, far from any Superchargers. And in a place known for its notable cold. He has, at this time, ordered and received his SR M3.
    But, I note: he was told about the coming heat exchange addition to the M3 before he ordered and reported back to us that he mentioned his desire for such a function when he talked with the ordering specialist. He was assured at that time that he _would_ get the heat exchanger; that was at least a couple of weeks ago.
    So, assuming that he wasn't getting lied to, Telsa was delivering heat-exchanger based cars at least a week or three ago.
    Not a big deal, but another data point.
  • Just tell your advisor that you want to hold off until you get a 2021 VIN. They are always cool with doing that.
  • Telsa will gladly give you a 2021 model.

    Musk said that by the end of 2020, there will be 1,000,000 tesla robo taxis in operation.

    He is going to mostly 2020 models for that fleet.
  • > @Bighorn said:
    > There’s no such thing as a Tesla MY. If yours isn’t built yet, it’ll most likely be the updated version. There are something like 20 minor updates a week (I think that’s what EM said), on average, and very few are remarked upon.
    > Be careful what you wish for. Updates are not always improvements. People are already complaining about the new console and wheels. And heat pumps may well disappoint with their feeble warming.

    I haven't seen reports of anyone actually driving the "refresh" model 3 yet. So not sure where the complaints are coming from, is there an article or video? I'm genuinely curious
  • @kneught
    The wheels are a known quantity and I’ve seen videos of the console.

    https://driveteslacanada.ca/model-3/first-video-of-the-new-tesla-model-3-center-console-in-action/
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