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CPO Buying and Delivery Process

edited November -1 in Model S
Last week Wednesday we pulled the trigger on a CPO Model S. The car is located in NJ, and when we were discussing the purchase with the manager (before we paid our deposit) we were told it would be ready in about 2 weeks.

Unfortunately, after we signed the paperwork and paid the deposit, communication has been lacking. We've been unable to get updates as to the status of the car, aside from vague comments from our local delivery specialist (who the manager handed us off to after we were done with the deposit & paperwork). Earlier this week, we were told that delivery logistics takes awhile to arrange, and they'd let us know when they would ship. Last night I was told the car is undergoing additional testing in NJ, and they thought we'd may get the car in "early August."

From what I've been hearing, it appears that transportation itself is 3-4 days (excluding the time it takes to set up logistics for shipping). PRIOR to that point, all the reconditioning work is done at the center where the car is located. After the car arrives locally, it takes a day for them to detail it, HOWEVER, if the shop is backed up it could sit at the service center for a week.

Based on this, I inquired about picking up the car in NJ, and foregoing the extra detailing work. I was told by my local office that this wouldn't save any time -- which I found confusing, as I could avoid 3-4 days of transport (minimum), plus 1-7 days of waiting for the car to be detailed. (Drive time would be a day or two.) I'm not sure if the local office loses some commission (if any?) if I pick up the car in person in NJ.

To try to get some answers, I called the Tesla sales number and was told they were going to be transferring me to the local center for questions, and that they don't recommend people buy CPO cars out of separate locations (which is the first I've heard from that). As the local shop didn't seem to have further information, I was told they would transfer me to the NJ center. There, I spoke to a wonderful guy who apologized for the confusion and said he'd get back to me in an hour with an update. That didn't happen either. He did tell me that he says CPO's can take up to a month to deliver - not the information I had from the local center.

There are logistical issues involved with selling our current car (we aren't trading it in) and a trip we had planned, so the delivery date is important. That said, what's most critical at this stage is that I can't get a solid answer as to what's going on, and that there have been inconsistent and contrary messages among the local shop, the NJ center, and the Tesla sales center phone rep. I also can't understand how picking up the car won't get it to me faster than waiting for it to ship and get detailed. At this point, I'm concerned that there are either issues with the car that I'm not being told about, which are taking additional time to resolve.

On a local forum, I was told that communication "sucks" after you pay your deposit and that logistics are a "nightmare" - not promising. Any insight from other CPO buyers would be appreciated.


  • edited November -1
    Hi there,
    I know exactly how you feel. We too purchased a CPO back in late February, just as Tesla launched their program. Our wait time was over two weeks before we had the car, despite the fact the car was local (30 miles away). We were very frustrated with the lack of communication to answer our questions.

    Three weeks ago my husband's boss purchased a CPO from another state. Tesla told him the wait time would be anywhere from 3-5 weeks before he would have the car in his possession. After three weeks of zero communication from Tesla, my husband emailed the sales consultant we worked with to see if he could get some information on the car. He apologized for the lack of communication and said that this is an area Tesla still needs to work on. Within a few minutes a representative called his boss, and today he has a sales agreement! (It could be a few more weeks before he actually has the car).

    I think we are so used to going to a car lot, getting what we want, and taking it home that day. For now, it's definitely a different purchasing experience when you deal with Tesla. I will say, when we picked up our car from the local service center, the presentation could not have been any more fantastic. My car looked and smelled brand new and the walk through was thorough. In hindsight, I would have waited months to be able to drive my Tesla. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't feel like I'm the luckiest gal around when I'm behind the wheel!
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    My CPO experience was mostly positive with only a few bumps in the road. Spent a lot of time online looking at prices and realized our budget was a 60 rather than an 85, especially since we wanted fewer miles on the car. Looked all over, even considered some colors we don't like, but the lower priced cars didn't stay long online. One in Seattle caught my eye, but it was over the budget. It was online for an extended time, so I called Tesla to ask if the price was negotiable at all. "No, Tesla doesn't negotiate!" Okay, fine. Browsing again the next day and what the heck? Price lowered on that car by $8,000. Husband was conveniently in Seattle, told him to go look at it and put the deposit down if he liked it.

    What's not to like--they even let him drive that specific car, which is apparently unusual. The car had 6,665 miles, tech package, pano roof, tan leather, Michelin primacy tires, and my favorite color blue. Didn't expect to get all those options and color too. Others waiting to drive the car were told sorry, it's sold. Financing process painless, Tesla beat the rate of our credit union. Ginny the sales person was very helpful. We could not take car that day, but Tesla arranged delivery to Tigard, OR, within a few days. We've been all-electric for 2 years with LEAFs and do a lot of events to promote EVs. Tesla sped up their process to get the car to us in time for our local 4th of July parade.

    The car was delivered in beautiful shape--perfectly clean inside and out and our car was obviously well cared for by previous owner. An immediate issue was our upgraded tires disappeared somewhere along the delivery chain. Some phone calls were made and we were assured Tesla would make it right. A time was scheduled and Tesla put on a brand new set of upgraded tires. We also found the pano roof had air/water leaks and the moving glass seemed arched along the back side. Moving glass was replaced and the seal repaired. Found the service team in Tigard to be very attentive and responsive. We feel our car will be well cared for in the future.

    Communication has been good overall. The CPO situation was clearly a new experience for them and the Tigard facility is very busy, but they always got back to me eventually. Getting the registration from DMV was a little slower than usual because the car came from out of state. At this point, we are ecstatic to own this car and looking forward to extending our horizons with the range the Tesla has to offer.

    Have to say the Tesla Forum has been a great source of information to a new owner. One feature I found out about on the Forum was something called the BackMat. It's a heavy-duty fabric liner that is custom made to fit the trunk area. We have two beagles we haul now and then. The BackMat protects the trunk from being scratched and corrals them (and their shedding) in back. It protects the backs of the seats also so if you fold them down to haul something, they are covered by the BackMat. Contact [email protected] Highly recommended, looks and works great, and reasonably priced too.
  • edited November -1
    Hi sbramer,

    Sorry to hear about your experiences, I hope things worked out well in the end and that you have the amazing car in your garage by now.
    I was wondering if you could share how it ended up...

  • edited November -1

    Sounds frustrating. Anything happening now?
  • edited November -1
    I am in the process of this too and have found that communication is awful. How long did it take to hear anything from your delivery specialist after placing your online order for a CPO?
  • Same issue here. I hope they can improve this. They will have to in order to sell 500k vehicles a year. It isn't so much the wait time (which is understandable), it is the lack of communication. I wonder what the root cause is...
  • I just placed a hold on Dec 29th and I'm dealing with the same issues. The lack of overall communication is very frustrating. This is the largest purchase I've ever made online, however with the positive outcome of the deliver process and a little comforting to know that every turned out well. I’m guessing the average turnaround is 2-3 weeks from deposit to pick up time. I probably have another 1-2 weeks till I finally get to see my new CPO car. Just wish someone would have emailed/called me with this instead of searching and reading about this elsewhere.
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    I unfortunately am having the same issues as many others. I placed an order online for a CPO Model S on 12/18/15. I was told 2-3 week delivery time. Communication has been vague and the 3 week mark is tomorrow. I am starting to get a very bad feeling and am wondering if this is the type of communication there will be in the future if the car needs service. I am considering trying to back out. The $1,000 deposit is non-refundable. However, I used my AMEX card to make the deposit and AMEX says that I have a good chance of winning a dispute to the $1,000 charge if I decide to go that route. It's a shame this is the direction this transaction is going in.
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    In addition to above, Tesla's CPO process is ALL WRONG. All the inspection, testing, repairs, etc that are needed to be made, should be done BEFORE cars are listed for sale on their CPO site, so that all that is needed is transport and a detailing when it arrives at the delivery location.
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    Tesla is a very young car company, they are not yet prepared for the used car resale business, they main focus is Mfg & selling new cars.
  • edited November -1
    @groberts1623, I agree that it would make sense for CPO to be ready to go (other than final detailing) when they are listed.

    As for your issue, there may be a silver lining. Whenever the car actually shows up, before you take delivery, check the available CPO's again the see whether a better or less expensive option became available (prices do go down over time), and if so, inform Tesla that while they were dragging their feet the prices went down, see if they will discount it for you to account for price drops. The new CPO option may be worth foregoing $1K deposit, though I suspect that AMEX is right, if they gave you 2-3 weeks in writing and the car was not delivered within promised time window, you have a solid dispute to get back your deposit.
  • edited November -1
    At Tesla Highland Park, I had the opposite experience. I checked the CPO site several times a day waiting for the perfect car. Once I found it, Brent took care of me from the start, along with Yolanda who presented the car to me. It was the best vehicle delivery experience I have ever had with a high end auto, or any auto for that matter.

    It only took a few days for my car to arrive from Orange County to Chicago, but a lot of this has to do with the timing with shipping companies, and is out of the hands of Tesla. In the last year I had a custom ordered vehicle that took 8 weeks to get delivered to me that was sitting just a few states away. I couldn't even go get it on my own, nor could the dealer pick it up due to "policy. It's annoying indeed, but I learned in this experience, and from talking with others, how low we are on vehicle shippers, and how high the demand can be.
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    @groberts1623 - I understand how frustrating that is and even when you order new, the waiting and the lack of communications is a sore spot.

    However, please consider searching for service experiences once you own the car. Tesla has a great reputation for everything once you own the car, despite not being so hot before you do. (The exact opposite of other car companies in my opinion.)
    It's also a really great car and missing out on the joy of having one just because Tesla isn't yet great at selling CPOs would be a shame.
  • edited November -1
    Bought a CPO in December. My experience was mostly positive. I would recommend (1) buying through a sales person rather than the website so that you have someone to coordinate with early on (go into the store and find a sales person that you like) and (2) transferring 100% of the communication to the delivery specialist once one is assigned.

    The only awkwardness with my purchase was the transition from the sales person to the delivery specialist. There was some serious confusion at that point because I was being told conflicting things. Once I decided to consolidate all communication on the delivery specialist, things continued to go smoothly.
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    It's also a matter of failed expectations when you see on the CPO website the verbiage "This Model S is available for pickup". How about completing that sentence to say "...after reconditioning, detailing, etc that may take a few weeks from today lol".
  • edited November -1
    I'm now waiting for my follow up. 1wk ago, $1000 deposit through my CPO agent, took my cash and has not followed up with me since. It's almost like they have to get that $1000 because they get commission on it.

    Car was listed in the website allegedly "ready to go", yet my delivery contact does not reply to the two messages I've sent them.

    After this, I don't think I'll purchase another Tesla, because the customer service for orders such as this is horrible.
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    There are only 10 60's listed in all regions of the US. What website are you using, don't think it is Tesla.
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    @adg818 - I placed my order for a CPO in early November 2015. Things were vague and frustrating. On 12/1 they told me it would arrive 12/8. I took delivery on 12/4. The car was shipped by tesla from California to Atlanta.

    As frustrating as that wait was, I now drive what I firmly believe is the best car and I'm very pleased with tesla service since I've taken delivery. I just had the 50k mile service performed. The car had 32k on it when I took delivery 6 months ago. I love almost everything about the car. The cup holders are not good at all. Otherwise it is so good and so sharp.

    I will not buy another car made by anyone other than tesla unless it proven that they have a better car, charging network, and a business model that isn't centered around screwing customers at time of purchase and time of service.

    You will love the car.

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