Background: My 2016 MS90D was totaled in late March after someone in the middle lane of the freeway tried to drive thru me in the left lane, to get to a left exit ramp they had already missed. I was fine, but the right front of the car was pretty damaged. Initially the body shop thought it was repairable and estimated the cost to be about $25K. I was worried it would never be the same, plus it would have diminished value. Then they called back and said the battery pan had a slight ding, which meant it had to be replaced because they could not touch it! This doubled the repair cost and led to the car being totaled. I was actually relieved. As soon as the insurance company gave me a settlement number, I ordered a new MS LR+. I had heard nothing from Tesla, after I ordered on line, even after I sent a request for a call thru the website.
Current: Today I noticed a new MS matching exactly what I had ordered, in existing inventory, in a nearby city. I hit the button that said pls contact me and 30 mins later I get a text. It says sorry we did not respond to your earlier inquiry, your advisor was furloughed. They also said “I see you have a new MS on order and I am pleased to tell you that your car just Factory Gated”! I said what does that mean and they said, that it had just finished production and is ready for transport. Then 30 minutes later I get a text from the delivery center saying the car will be ready for pickup on 22 May.
Sorry for the long story just to say, I think I am getting one of the early cars off the post COVID production line! Even though this will be my 3rd MS, I am excited to be picking it up. I am spoiled and have not enjoyed driving an ICE car for the past two months!