Did you / will you tip your delivery specialist?

Did you / will you tip your delivery specialist?

Obviously one can't really say what's "customary" at this point. I usually tip someone delivering furniture / heavy stuff $20 or $40 depending on effort, time, how cute they are, etc. What's appropriate for someone planning to spend upwards of an hour going over my new Model S from stem to stern? $100? $250? Cash or pre-paid card?

ManuVince | September 21, 2012

My european take on that : Zero ! Nothing !
- They are doing their job (and it 's not like they're paid like a waiter)
- We pay for that delivery

vouteb | September 21, 2012

what a silly topic: NO

Timo | September 21, 2012

I would like to get them to tip me for being a good customer. Tipping (anybody for anything) or haggling are not common here.

Ohms.Law | September 21, 2012

I plan to have a big plate of powdered sugar donuts for them to munch on while we're sitting in the car. What could go wrong?

dborn | September 21, 2012

Absolutely not!

Mark E | September 21, 2012

I'll give them a nice coffee. The American custom of tipping everyone is crazy, & my model s will be delivered in Sydney.

mbcaffe | September 21, 2012

Tesla should bring a gift when they deliver the car!

timdorr | September 21, 2012


I think the gift is the car :)

Michael S | September 21, 2012

I picked up my car a couple of days ago and it would have been really weird to "tip". It's not that kind of moment...

Schlermie | September 21, 2012

I'm going to vote $0 on this one.

ModelS3P | September 21, 2012

I've always been told to tip service folks but not professionals. This is somewhat of an in-between; however, it feels like it leans towards the professional side, so likely no tip.

weeandthewads | September 21, 2012


J King | September 21, 2012


ReeceWeb | September 21, 2012

Lets see, 15% comes to...
Perhaps not ;)

stephen.kamichik | September 21, 2012

Yes, when HELL freezes over.

John56 | September 21, 2012

I would actually be shocked if a delivery rep would even consider accepting a tip. They are professionals and compensated as such.

Whity Whiteman | September 21, 2012

what a brainless topic... sorry: please stop it, You can't take this serious )

NJS1207 | September 21, 2012

@MandL: I agree with view -- apparently universally held -- that a tip is not necessary or appropriate here. That said, I really appreciate you posting the topic because it is a question I would have debated internally before taking delivery.

adn | September 21, 2012

I was planning on giving them 15% depending on how many freebies I get.

psullivanassoc | September 21, 2012

Actually it's is a good question. I am one who usually tips a lot and probably more people than needed. I agree with the group here and would not feel compelled to tip in this situation.

Sudre_ | September 21, 2012

Tip the pizza guy? The pizza is hot and not squish, YUP.
Tip the waitress? Food is hot drinks are filled, friendly, YUP.
Tip the Valet? Car is in perfect condition and fast service, YUP"

Tip the construction worker that installed my new A/C condenser? NO
Tip the Fedex guy that delivered my new shirt? NO

I'd say this is in the no department.

walla2 | September 21, 2012

Tesla must deliver my car over 250 miles from the nearest service center. Since I'm in wine country, I was thinking of offering a bottle but definitely not 15% worth.

davidcjones | September 21, 2012

I like the wine idea. Since I am in VT and similarly distant from the nearest center, perhaps a quart of VT Maple syrup!

rwang | September 21, 2012

Was debating about that. I'm just happy it'll be delivered this year!

olanmills | September 21, 2012

What? No. That seems bizarre. Why you even think that.

Brian H | September 21, 2012

?? 15% of what? The car or the delivery charge? ??

:D ;)

toto_48313 | September 22, 2012

I'll tip him with a Red Bull or a coffee, to make sure he stay awake long enough to answers all my questions... other than that, no.

TikiMan | September 22, 2012

Wow seriously?

I am buying a long red carpet, and hiring Ryan Seacrest for my delivery. Grandstands will be going up in a few weeks, it should be a great event!

mw | September 22, 2012

I get the question, since american culture is crazy about tips. I personally don't think that people should be tipped for a job they are expected to perform. I understand that some professions as previously mentioned by others are paid with the expectation that part of their pay comes from tips and that is OK. In this case, there is not a Tesla store or service center anywhere near me. So Tesla has to do something to get cars to people and they are therfore charging me for and paying these people for that service. Long winded answer to say NO. Just thought I would share my reasoning.

BYT | September 22, 2012

TikiMan, I already hired Ryan Seacrest and he promised he would only be there for my Model S delivery. I feel so betrayed now.

Brian H | September 23, 2012

Obviously he lies like a red rug.

jerry3 | September 23, 2012

Even if I was inclined to tip--and I'm not because tipping is there to supplement the income of those with minimum wage jobs, the Tesla delivery specialist is paid a decent wage (I sure hope)--the overpriced maintenance has killed any notion of paying anything extra.

Jason S | September 23, 2012

As has been said above, treat like a visitor to your home or work (or wherever you are having it delivered).

The main difference for tipping appears to be if the job's pay structure assumes tipping. I'm hoping Tesla Delivery Specialist pay grade is above that.

Mark Z | November 11, 2012

My delivery specialist was pleased when I offered a bottle of wine to take home from the wine fridge during a short home tour when he first arrived.

He said to give the money to charity when offering a $100 bill at the close of the day after our capturing the arrival and unload on video and the lengthy training session. That is a classy response from Tesla personnel.

jinglehyme | November 11, 2012

Not a chance in hell. All the hidden charges that took my production 85w to $92k have rulled out any hint of generosity on my part.

mrspaghetti | November 11, 2012

All Tesla employees get stock options. They have plenty of incentive to do a good job already, so no tip from me.

I also suspect that Tesla may have a policy against their delivery specialists accepting monetary tips.

Brian H | November 11, 2012

Same reason they don;t have commissioned sales staff.

JMO | November 11, 2012