Post Get Amped

Post Get Amped

Ok, now that the Get Amped tour is done, what happens to those who are still waiting for a test drive?

We received a test drive for Seattle event (I think). And, of course, we decided against going from Boston to Seattle for a 10 minute drive. Instead, we decided to wait for an event in the area.

So, what next? Does anyone know how we can get a test drive?


jerry3 | 21/08/2012

The Tesla stores will have one or two cars available for test drives.

Robert22 | 21/08/2012


I've asked the Westchester county NY store to consider loaning out a car to New England (Boston) so reservation holders that have been unable to make the trip can participate. They expect to get a car for test drives around September. For some up here it looks like their first test drive will be upon delivery!

prash.saka | 22/08/2012


That is a good move. But, isn't the Natick store still in limbo? I haven't heard anything about any progress being made here. So, test driving in the Boston area might have to wait till after this issue is resolved.

By the way, if we can request test drives in Tesla stores, then we might consider driving to NY. My wife is very adamant about waiting till after the test drive before deciding about the purchase.

~ Prash.

jpespisa | 22/08/2012

Looks like Tesla is hiring for the Natick store. Found these on craigslist.

Jul 27 - Tesla- Assistant Store Manager - (Natick Mall) marketing/advertising/PR

Jul 27 - Tesla- Assistant Store Manager - (Natick Mall) retail/wholesale

Jul 27 - Tesla- Product Specialist - (Natick Mall) marketing/advertising/PR

Jul 27 - Tesla- Product Specialist - (Natick Mall) retail/wholesale

olanmills | 22/08/2012

I have also heard from reps at the Tesla store that later this year they will be able to offer more test drives including test drives to non-reservation holders, but that's not official information, so take that with a grain of salt.

If they keep on track with their production goals, I think that sounds reasonable by the end of the year. They only need a few dozen extra cars to have one demo for every store.

Brian H | 22/08/2012

Ja, a dozen here and half-a-dozen in Urp would make a big difference. Almost inevitable.

Volker.Berlin | 22/08/2012

I agree test drives would be nice, but until Tesla can actually produce and deliver new orders within a three to four months time frame, they are pretty pointless. Except for reservation holders whose cars will indeed be delivered in the next three to four months.

Brian H | 23/08/2012

There are many 'owners' who couldn't make the Amped events (5,150 test drives vs. 13,000 reservations). And as production accelerates, more and more of those will be faced with taking delivery of a car they've never driven. I think it was pilot??? who said his wife forbids! E.g.

Volker.Berlin | 23/08/2012

Brian H, just to be sure, you did read the second sentence of my post?

Don't get me wrong, I'm itching for a test drive! I'm #P3 in Germany and couldn't make it for the Get Amped tour (I wasn't even invited, but that did not come as a surprise given the travel distance). Of course I'd gladly take a test drive yesterday, but all told it doesn't help me any more than test driving just before finalizing my order. Actually, a later test drive will give me a more refined car to drive, that is closer to the car I will actually buy, than the cars that are currently around for test drives. Also, many questions will have been clarified by then, and other questions that I don't know about yet will have become important and I'll want to ask them during the test drive.

So while I want my car yesterday, and a test drive the day before that, I cannot have it. And since I can have my car only some time well into 2013, I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing that I will only test drive around or after new year.

At this point I'm tempted to repeat the first sentence of my above post, in order to prevent someone else from saying exactly that as if I was missing a point here. But I don't because I'm not. ;-)

steven.maes | 23/08/2012

+1 Volker, I feel the same way.
It is like mood swings between lust/desire and realistic judgement.

STARR X | 23/08/2012

I was unable to get a test drive during the Get Amped tour but I am going to be in Denver mid-October. So I contacted the Tesla store in Denver last week to ask about seeing a non-beta Medel S and the ability test drive one. The rep there said they would be recieving a car for test drives in September and I should be able to get a test drive. I assume this is going to be the case for most of the stores. Needless to say, I can not wait until October now!

Brian H | 23/08/2012

To enhance or squelch your irrational lust ...

John56 | 23/08/2012

@Volker.Berlin I'm supposed to be getting my Blue MSP in November. Come to Philly, spend a few days and you can play with my new MSP! Heck, we even have lots of extra room if you would like to stay with us. I've really enjoyed reading all your posts. You're a great resource here and at TMC.

Volker.Berlin | 23/08/2012

John56, appreciate it! Unlikely I'll be able to make it, but lets get into contact. Can you send me a private message over at TMC? I've got the same handle there.

Brant | 23/08/2012

I finally got a test drive last weekend. After a " taste of the forbidden fruit" the remaining wait will be even more agonizing! So beware!

BYT | 23/08/2012

I spoke to the sales folks at the Menlo Park store and they also want to get a test drive unit in to give the significant others a chance to test drive the Model S as they couldn't at the events. Expected to have a full time car for test drives by the end of September she told me. | 23/08/2012

My understanding is that the Amped cars will return to the factory , have their data down/uploaded, get cleaned up and then returned to the stores, one per store, for demos, Time frame is ?SOON?. Don't know if that time is measured in hours or weeks.

Brian H | 23/08/2012

Let's compromise: days!

prash.saka | 23/08/2012

... give the significant others a chance to test drive ...

That is awesome.

Brian H | 23/08/2012

Probably a longer drive than your insignificant self got!


prash.saka | 23/08/2012

@jpespisa, it is good to know that they are hiring for the Natick store. So things are moving forward here. Goody!

@Brian, well my test drive was exactly 0 minutes long (haven't had a chance yet). So, any test drive that my significant other does is definitely longer than my insignificant self. Oh well.

~ Prash.

Schlermie | 25/08/2012

The Tesla Store at Santana Row now has test drives for non-reservation holders.

BYT | 25/08/2012

@Schlermie, what is the process, do you know? As I would like my wife to get a test drive as well!

Michael23 | 25/08/2012

They said to come down to book an appointment. Why don't you give them a call? (408) 249-2815

BYT | 25/08/2012

Thanks Michael23, I in fact did give them a call.

@Schlermie, I called the Santana Row store and they are ONLY scheduling test drives for Reservation holders who HAVE NOT test driven the Model S yet. However the Menlo Park Store has a car and they have more flexibility if you don't mind taking a Model S for a test drive during the week as you can imagine the weekends are already pretty booked up. Their number is: (650) 681-5800

Robert22 | 26/08/2012


@prash, @ jpespisa

Would like to discuss the Natick MA store and issues relating to early reservation holders in MA (taxes, insurance, weather!). There is a MA state topic buried in the "Other" section under Clubs which is poorly visible. Is there a way to bring this out to the top level or start a new Massachusetts topic under the Club heading that will simplify recognition of new posts and increase participation? Does Tesla have control over these top level topics? Thanks

mitrabbit | 26/08/2012

Menlo has one non-performance white demo. I am not sure of the process to make a reservation to drive it. Best just call them as suggested. I would love my wife to drive one while we wait so she can get as excited as I am. She loved the amp drive from the back seat, yelling " Punch it again, punch it again!" I am blessed.

BYT | 26/08/2012

@mitrabbit, lucky guy... :) I scheduled a drive for my wife for tomorrow at 5:30pm by calling them. The car goes off at times for one reason or another so make a call and schedule it in!!

jpespisa | 26/08/2012


I never bothered to drill down into the other section. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.  Unfortunately I don't have clue how to bring the MA topic up a level. I assume it's under the control of Tesla admin. But now that I know it's there I'll start checking it regularly.

rd2 | 26/08/2012

Fyi - Just visited the TM store in Santana Row. Rep told me they have 2 test drive cars for people 'ready to make a reservation' but want the test drive to be certain. I would imagine that includes almost everyone except reservation holders who have already had a test drive.

He said they are trying to keep this option on the dl so they don't get tons of calls. Apparently MP and Santana Row are the only two with scheduling ability right now.

BYT | 28/08/2012

So I took my wife to test drive the Model S yesterday at the Menlo Park TM Store at 5:30pm. We took the white, Non-Perf VIN# 109 out with 19" tires, black leather interior and solid roof. That car had the optional +2 third row seats which our handler said is very close to production and looks like what we have seen already on our test drives.

My wife is 4'9" and was able to adjust the seat and steering wheel to her liking. The Model S key has a little more heft to it (weight not size) then I expected. This particular car didn't pass Elon's quality check and that is what happens to cars that do not pass his inspection. They become Tesla Store demo cars. This problem with this one was the lines on the trunk were not lined up right.

It was a nice long drive from the Menlo Park store, up El Camino, and then up Santa Clara Ave., over to Sand Hill Road and onto 280 where she then took the exit to try the rural S curved road West of 280. We then came back and dropped the car back off at Menlo Park's Store, but it was definitely 3X the amount of driving I was able to do the end of June.

I was offered however the option to later on schedule another drive for myself, which I most certainly plan on taking! I asked the handler a bunch of questions. NOTE: I know some are repeated from before but reiterated updates are welcome to me at least.

We can expect Creep (like when you take your foot of the brakes on an Automatic Transmission based ICE). This is fantastic for us drivers who spent a lot of time in traffic or super long Stop sign lines of cars.

More apps should drop next year like Pandora, but as you all know there is the Bluetooth for your phone. They are talking about a dock, in which I gave the opinion that they should steer away from dock's for the phones as they can change. Sticking with USB is the way to go for now I believe.

We talked about the feel of performance vs. standard and he said he had driven both. He said they both "feel" the same but you will notice it off the line when passing or taking off the line.

We should wait for the post from GB about the annual service fees as I felt we were both speculating when I asked about it.

The Motor Trend review was mentioned and we had a chat about that. Specifically around the negative comment about the seats. Because the Model S uses bucket seats that maybe are not as adjustable as other luxury cars, we both felt that may have been the source of that complains from Motor Trend and long drives.

That's all I can remember, wanted to share and I look forward to another test drive of my own in a few weeks!

Brian H | 28/08/2012

Wife's reactions?

BYT | 28/08/2012

@Brian H, well, she said, "it's fast honey!"

If you know my wife, you would say that alone speaks volumes! :D

She also said "the pedal was hard to press down on." I told her that is a good thing, because my accelerator foot is VERY HEAVY!

susanv | 25/01/2013

If anyone in the Massachusetts area is still waiting for a test drive, Natick is offering test drives starting the first week of February.

L8MDL | 25/01/2013

I see the Natick auto dealers are suing again...

Time for them to come into the 21st century, methinks...

Brian H | 25/01/2013

Is their bottom line still that they want to be able to sell Teslas (exclusively)?

GeirT | 25/01/2013

@ L8MDL, Amazing there is a legal structure giving the possibility to sue. This is Soviet style...

Timo | 26/01/2013

@GeirT, not really, ability to sue on ridiculous issues has always been US thing. Something we outsiders have been laughing about for decades. You even have expression born from that "so sue me".

L8MDL | 26/01/2013

Here's an article regarding the "rationale" for the lawsuit:

FWIW, New Mexico is heading in the same direction but has not filed anything yet, AFAIK.