It's Time to Build Your Model S

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

jchangyy | 7 January, 2013

@greg. I thought the same and it may end up being that we may not get the vehicles until end of march. Keeping my fingers crossed though.

christine_orita | 7 January, 2013

Dang it! I was out earlier today and just saw my finalize button!

Finalized at last
Std 85kwh pearl white , tan leather, obeche gloss, tech, air, 19in

Don't like the sun, never enjoyed my sun roofs or moon roofs in previous cars, so no panoramic for me!

Not a huge audiophile so not getting the audio package either..

Almost clicked the twin chargers option and decided against it last minute since I don't anticipate to drive more than 150miles max per day

Thought I was all ready till the button showed up and it was back to indecision time :-)

christine_orita | 7 January, 2013

Oh, I am P12704

I called Tesla and got their hotline for folks in process of finalizing and was told I am looking at delivery in Feb/Mar as well

TeslaModelSOwner | 7 January, 2013

Update: Finalized at around 10:30 am this morning and had counter signed paperwork back by 4 pm. Pretty quick!

Let's see if buidling the car is just as fast.

dan.pickerill | 7 January, 2013

What an exciting day!
Completed the paperwork on #12,758.
Pearl white Pano roof black interior carbon fiber tech package sound studio twin chargers and a big smile. Guess now I can kill time installing a 200A service to my garage. Going to add electric heat while I am at it. Had a very hard time deciding between the green / tan or pearl white / black. First MS I saw was green and I loved it. The next store I was in displayed a pearl white MS and I think it won over the green but not by much. I need to come up with an idea for a license plate. I think this will be the second MS in Nebraska.

Baltimore Tesla | 7 January, 2013

The good news is that we are all getting our cars sooner than expected.

The bad news is that there must be a massive cancellation rate. Assuming 3000 cars delivered last year and maybe 2500 each for January and February and we're already up to P13,000 by sometime in March? There have been a lot of surprised placeholders with Time To Build notices.

That implies that there might be 5000 or more cancellations of the first 10,000 reservations. There can't be that many 40 kWh reservations in the backlog. Admittedly, many of the first 10,000 were made years ago but the backlog appears to be a lot smaller than many of us are assuming. I would expect a much higher retention rate going forward as most of the P10000 and higher reservations have been placed within the past few months.

gregv64 | 7 January, 2013

I don't know how many times I keep saying it, but it's 40 + red + standard suspension, not just 40. I'm sure there are quite a few people that waited for red. Anyway, I agree there were probably a lot of cancelations, but I don't think it's bad news as long as the new reservation rate keeps up. I do agree the cancellation rate going forward will be less.

Brian H | 7 January, 2013

Some of the cancellations are people playing games with delivery timing and keeping multiple options open till the "Finalize" button appears. I.e., they were not really additional distinct reservations in the first place. Also, some switches to Model X are in there.

TeslaModelSOwner | 7 January, 2013

@Baltimore - on the supply side it is more likely that production is ramping up vs cancelations.

riceuguy | 7 January, 2013

#10,917, finalized today, awaiting paperwork to sign. 60kwh and standard suspension should put me a bit back in the queue (I hope!).

peahl | 8 January, 2013

Get the invitation to finalize just 1 hours ago, am so exited can not right anymore

SD Supercharger | 8 January, 2013

Time to finalize! #13,258!
Performance Black/Tan, everything but child seats.
Things are moving very quickly. I too am somewhat concerned about cancellation rate--but glad my car is apparently coming much sooner than I expected.

Chuck Lusin | 8 January, 2013

Remember that all of the 40kWh and standard suspension and “New” red are all waiting in the queue. They just started producing the 60kWh only 10 days ago, so many of those are also in the queue.

Fredj | 8 January, 2013

Just received my invite to configure my Model S and excited by that but STILL DISAPPOINTED that the front center console is basically a track in the floor board with a two cup holders and small compartment at the elbow. Why not add a raised console to keep loose change for tolls, parking etc or a larger lockable compartment? Imagine reaching down to the floor for a quarter a blasting the toll both.
Let's get a console that is usable.

Brian H | 8 January, 2013

Apparently the "Opportunity Console" option is in the works. Or, the CCI (Center Console Insert) aftermarket solution by soflauthor, is now available.

Indoody! You didn't write write right, as you were so excited you exited too fast to proofread. Deliberately, no less. Have fun! :D ;)

peahl | 9 January, 2013

Brian H,
you are correct.
My specs: 85kWh, silver metallic, gray lether, tech package, air suspension
Hope I did not make more mistakes, I am a German living in San Diego.

Lou in SoCal | 9 January, 2013

I'm 13,490 and got the email this afternoon (PST). Haven't finalized yet but hoping to do so very soon.

drp | 9 January, 2013

Ordered Sept 5, Finalized 12/18 and have heard nothing more than the sound of an EV since. Pretty quiet process for now.
Takes time to make the car without flaws on a newly reconfigured assembly line that used to make something else.

I thought it was fast and it will be way sooner that I was originally told but I don't mind waiting for the Chicago weather to get warmer first. I only hope the quality does not drop. A lot of what I am reading on these Forums daily has given some concern. Many of you know much more than I regarding EV's and such. I don't feel like I should have do do tons of trouble shooting upon delivery but I am supportive and I have confidence.

drp | 9 January, 2013

Oh, #11878

Brian H | 9 January, 2013

reconfigured? The entire line is new, from the robots to the rails. Watch the Nat Geo Megafactory video.

jat | 9 January, 2013

@drp - don't wait until the last minute to get your ducks in a row -- I kept asking about a VIN, and was told on 12/27 (after my window was 12/15-12/31) that there was no VIN yet and it would be 10 days after my VIN was assigned to finish the car. Then I got a call on 12/29 saying not only did I have a VIN, but the car was done and could I send them the money on New Year's Eve.

So if you have to move money around or get insurance, get it done before the window they gave you because you might have less notice than you think.

nickjhowe | 10 January, 2013

@BrianH - not quite. The main robot welding and assembly line is brand new, but the panel area is not. The stampers were brought in from Detroit, and the cutters and many other of the mechanical handling machines were from the original NUMMI plant. They had to have the magnets replaced with suction because TM us using aluminum instead of steel.

antochat | 10 January, 2013

Res #12,845 P85. Reserved in Nov 2012 and got the finalize button last week. Was expecting a July/Aug delivery but it seems many P85 res holders who have received the finalize button last week are getting Feb/Mar delivery dates, way early! Just thinking about waiting closer to the end of my 30 days hoping they'll iron out a few more of the bump and bugs...

JoeBadge | 10 January, 2013

#13,249 - received invitation 1.8.13.... Time to finalize! Very surprised by accelerated delivery ETA. Performance Grey/Black, everything but child seats. I do have concerns about receiving car in dead of Chicago winter... exciting nonetheless.

Lou in SoCal | 10 January, 2013

FINALIZED!!! Was wavering b/w 40kWh and 60kWh...surprisingly what pushed me to the latter was the lovely wife. Let the nail biting begin.

Black leather
Obeche Matte
21" Wheels

aaronw2 | 11 January, 2013

I waited until the end to finalize. #11640. I finalized on 1/9 and was just told delivery will be in the Feb/March time frame.

Tan leather
21" Grey wheels
Tech package
Sound studio
Parcel shelf
Paint armor
twin chargers

jat | 11 January, 2013

@antochat - the bugs are minor, just get the car as early as you can and you will get the software updates at the same time either way.

desiguy | 11 January, 2013

I was thinking of delaying too and I figured that in the few weeks/months Tesla is highly unlikely to fix/make major changes. So as well enjoy the novelty and more months of HOV lane access (if you are in CA).. so if you are getting it .. get it sooner.

tlemcke | 11 January, 2013

I just tried to set the record from offer to configure to submitting configuration. Couldn't have been more than 30 seconds from the time the email hit my mailbox until I made a $100,000 commitment. Maybe I scooted in front of a couple people by acting fast. 13907. April-May delivery.


rlpm | 11 January, 2013

tlemcke said: 13907

It's interesting to note that before this past Monday, Jan 7, the last reported U.S. reservation sequence number moved to finalize/time-to-build was #12,568 on Dec 20. Today being at almost #14,000 means that over 1,300 U.S. reservation sequence numbers have been allowed to finalize this week (assuming they're allowing finalizations based on reservation sequence number). If they keep this rate up, they'll get to #17,849 (last reported U.S. pre-price-increase reservation sequence number) by the end of January. This probably also applies to Cdn pre-price-increase reservation sequence numbers as well.

I think this makes good fiscal sense for Tesla.

And it will make those of us that reserved in December very happy campers!

riceuguy | 11 January, 2013

I've said it before and I'll say it again. They told me in no uncertain terms that if you reserved by 12/31 you'll have your car by end of summer. Now, interestingly unless there are far more cancellations than we've all assumed, they're planning to build roughly 14k cars in 8 months, which sounds about right!

Tesla303 | 11 January, 2013

Reservation #13,549 and got my "Time to Build your Model S" email today!

WSE51 | 11 January, 2013

Reservation #13,805 (will be second Model S in the family) and got my "Time to Build your Model S" email today.

Solution | 11 January, 2013

#16,780 - reserved end of December. I can't stay away from these forums, and it seems like things are rolling much faster than we were told. I am looking forward to seeing some of these gems rolling around the Chicago burbs!! We are designed and the spousal unit and I are actually in total agreement :) :)

njelectric | 11 January, 2013

I just finalized 13,676 performance silver-grey 85kw, pano roof,19" wheels, sound, dual chargers. Very excited and nervous.

rlpm | 11 January, 2013

@Solution: I'm just ahead of you at #16,743. If they keep up the same rate of allowing reservations to configure/finalize as is evident this week, we'll be able to finalize around Jan 28th! Of course, depending on cancelation rate, finalized options, and especially production rate, who knows what the delivery estimate will be…

Since I'm not part of the Solution, am I part of the precipitate? :)

pskirby | 11 January, 2013

Reservation #13,743 and got my "Time to Build your Model S" email today. Any idea how long from configure to delivery?

tmwright | 12 January, 2013

I've really been looking forward to commenting on this thread. I made my reservation on October 6th and got my "finalize" button on January 7th. It took me a few days to sit down and make those tough decisions, so I just completed my order and signed my Pre-Delivery MVPA.

Standard 85kWh
19" Wheels
Tan/Obeche Gloss
Twin Chargers

I came close to going with Black just to get it here sooner, but given that I had originally expected to wait until August I decided to hold out for the Red. So excited!

ir | 14 January, 2013


Finalize email came last week. Family spent this afternoon in the Menlo Park store looking at the colors on real MS. Those paint chips do not do justice to the real colors! The store team helped walk us through the finalize process which provided lots of context like mentioning that we could wait on the HPWC until we get our power checked out.

Standard 85KWh
Green, Tan, Obeche Gloss
Twin Chargers
Parcel Shelf

They indicated that my build would get started right away with a Feb-March delivery. Looks like they are trying to get through the 85KWh + Air configs before the 60s, Red & Spring Suspension backlog hits. Must have had people working weekends because the paperwork arrived within a few hours!

ylyubarsky | 14 January, 2013

Finally good news for 14,000s

# 14,277

Finalized today 5 pm
Delivery April/May 2013
P85 Red / Black
Everything but twin charger, rear seats and paint armor

portia | 14 January, 2013

#14184 reserved in Nov 19 (for my dad), and got the finalize email and button today!
he is getting a Silver 60kwh with grey leather and tech package. not performance, 19" wheels, paint armor.

desiguy | 14 January, 2013

looks like they are doing approx a few hundred a day.. which is good.

miamimd | 14 January, 2013

#14291 got the finalize email today!!! Finally

shs | 14 January, 2013

When you got your finalize button, how much time did you have to respond before losing your place and/or pricing?

ylyubarsky | 14 January, 2013

One month

benempt | 14 January, 2013

Yep! Position #14,295 got the email today! And the cool little website (which I really should have taken a screenshot of) said Feb - Mar delivery!

60 kWh air and supercharging, pano and 19" but no sound or tech, and grey of course. Penfed is the plan along with a factory tour celebration weekend, including a trip to Russian River and a great road trip back down to LA.

benempt | 14 January, 2013

Oh and yeah the email says feb 11, which is like a day before they announce q4'12?

GoTeslaChicago | 14 January, 2013 | JANUARY 14, 2013
When you got your finalize button, how much time did you have to respond before losing your place and/or pricing?

Actually 4 weeks, or 28 days to lock in last years pricing.

benempt | 14 January, 2013

Current email text!

As you know, we recently announced new pricing for Model S. This is our first price increase since unveiling Model S in 2009 and it is very important that we implement this in a way that recognizes those, like you, who already have a Model S reservation. Therefore, this price increase will not apply to you as long as you finalize your order within four weeks of receiving this "Invitation to Configure".

You do not need to wait four weeks. Your MyTesla configuration page has now been activated to receive your order. We are filling production slots every day based upon orders received. The sooner we receive your order, the sooner your Model S will be headed your way.

If you choose to configure and finalize your order by February 11, 2013, you will receive current Model S pricing. If you prefer not to configure your Model S at this time, no problem, your reservation will remain intact. However, when you configure your car and finalize your order at a future date it will be under the new pricing and options schedule.

We have designed tools to make it easy to configure your 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year®. You can design your Model S and finalize your order from anywhere with an internet connection. All you need to do is complete the following steps:

• Finalize your design in MyTesla by clicking the Design button under My Garage.
• Once your Design is set, hit the red Finalize button. (Don't worry this does not lock in your order).
• You will be guided through 4 simple steps to Place your Order.
• Once you hit Place Order, paperwork will be created and emailed to you within one business day.
• When you receive your paperwork via email, click the big red Sign Paperwork button to review your documents.
• Digitally Sign your paperwork through DocuSign.
• If you added a Co-Buyer, they will need to sign paperwork as well (a 2nd email will automatically go to the co-buyer).
• You will then receive a countersigned copy of your paperwork within one business day.
We are always here to help. Throughout the ordering process, our Configuration Team will be your resource for information and to answer any questions you may have. You can reach us at or 888.771.2505 for further assistance.

Let's get your award winning Model S on the road!

pskirby | 14 January, 2013

@ir, you stated: Finalize email came last week. Family spent this afternoon in the Menlo Park store looking at the colors on real MS. Those paint chips do not do justice to the real colors!

Like you, the key decision before I finalize is the exterior color. I see you ordered a green S. I'm inclined to the blue, but my son is pushing hard for the green. It might be good but haven't seen one in person so hard to image. How do you describe the green, and what made you go for it? I haven't seen many mentioned in this forum.