I live high in the Rockies. For safe handling, my AWD Model 3 will need superb snowtires, such as the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 set on my BMW i3 (leased until the Tesla arrives). I leave these extraordinarily effective unstudded tires on all year, because up here at ~8,000 ft elevation we have occasionally seen frost (hence black ice) any day of the year, including the Fourth of July, and we're not entirely joking when we say we have two seasons—winter and July/August.
My Model 3 AWD, due for delivery Nov 2017 - Jan 2019, reportedly comes with standard Michelin Primacy MXM4 235/45R18 98W allweather tires, which are good on dry roads but inadequate for our mountain conditions. I wish to take delivery instead with Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2s, which come in the matching size 235/45R18 98R XL. But as far as Tesla's inquiry line knows, there is no procedure for doing this: they think I must buy the car with Michelins, also buy the Nokians I want, go somewhere else to get the tires changed, and be left with a slightly used set of Michelins I'll never use, paying ~800 extra, plus installation, plus hundreds in instant depreciation on the Michelins if I try to resell them. This is dumb. Many other snowbelt and mountain customers must be in a similar situation.
Why can't Tesla accommodate this significant customer group by offering to ship the car to electing customers with the Nokians (the best available snowtires) already installed? (I know there's another choice too—studded or not—and that wouldn't be hard to accommodate too, but most users wouldn't want the studded tires kept on for most of the year, so those wanting studded tires might reasonably be expected to buy their own and do the annual changes.)
The Tesla person I talked to seemed to agree this would make sense, but didn't know who could make such a decision. He suggested I talk to my local dealer (in Aspen), and I will, but ideally this choice should be offered routinely to all customers, especially in mountain/snowbelt states. Now would be a great time to set it up, well before the late-2018 AWD deliveries begin.
Does any other owner have a similar issue or need, please, or suggestions about how to try to get it implemented?