Time After Car Goes Into Production

Time After Car Goes Into Production

My car just went into production with a never changing delivery date of "late August".

What is the average time from when the Dashboard goes to "In Production" to actual delivery?

unclegeek | August 21, 2013

hasn't your DS called to schedule delivery yet?
he/she's the one that can tell you.

My DS set my delivery date before my status went to "in production" and he told me that it really isn't there yet even though it says it is... I think it will hit production next week based on my delivery date of 9/7. that's a guess though.
I think it's a status change that happens when they receive the signed registration paperwork that you fedex back to them. That was, at least in my case, the coincidental timing of things happening.

rickp | August 21, 2013

Been in production for 14 days. MAYBE next week I finally get my MS with every option except the rear seats.

burky33 | August 21, 2013

Does anyone know how long it takes to get your Model S after you get the message "The Tesla Factory is Building Your Model S".. It just popped up today... Thanks.

sriramv | August 21, 2013

My delivery date moved in by a week. 85. Confirmed 07/24. Adjusted delivery date: 08/23.

ironmikeii | August 22, 2013

My car has been in and out of production twice since my order was confirmed 7/5. My delivery date was pushed back 12 days from 8/17 to 8/29 (1 week from today). I'm in NY Metro area and the car has to be shipped however the dashboard still says "factory is building your Model S" which if true, means they probably won't make the 8/29 delivery date. I have two emails into my DS - no response.

It would be quite a disappointment if delivery date is rescheduled yet a second time and my financing commitment expires exposing me to significantly higher interest rates.

Many on this forum frown on whinning about delivery, but now its not just timing, but cost, due to financing.

Brian H | August 22, 2013

Yes, the dashboard message is unreliable. Phone. Emphasize your banking commitments etc.

teslamonkey | August 28, 2013

My car has been "in Production" for a week. This morning my dashboard indicates it is back to "Sourcing Parts". Is this normal or is something unusual?

KMCSD73 | August 28, 2013

My car's status still shows "Factory building your Model S", but I know it's complete as I've stayed relatively persistent with my DS (who's great by the way). It's my understanding that once the car comes off the production line, it goes into inspection. Once completed, it hits the road for delivery quickly (24-72 hrs).

Since this is the end of the month, I'd assume that Tesla likes to make it's monthly numbers look good - so I'm hoping for an expedited delivery date between tomorrow (8-29), and my "official" delivery on Sept. 7th. Since I'm in San Diego, there's minimal time to destination.

Cindy I II III | August 28, 2013

It was 6-7 days for my S85 completed last week.

SBerg | August 28, 2013

Woo Hoo - ours went from sourcing to "production" today. Scheduled delivery is 9/14 so we shall see!

vipdoc | August 29, 2013

@ SBerg The exact same story for me. Very excited! I confirmed Aug. 16.

ironmikeii | August 29, 2013

Delivery now pushed back a second time, with no estimated delivery date at this time. 58 days into this order, and thinking I'll have to purchase winter fitments because the 21" tires on the P85+ are unsafe below 40 degrees F. My Green P85+ is starting to feel more like a "White Buffalo." Many have ordered after me, reconfigured their cars, and already received delivery (on the east coast). Never racking to say the least.

ironmikeii | August 29, 2013

"Nerve" racking

Brian H | August 29, 2013

It's those danged Europeans, butting into line! >:(

CoreyM | August 29, 2013

@teslamonkey--Mine did the same thing this morning. My car went to "In Production" last Friday and had stayed that way until this morning when it switched back to "Order Confirmed. We have begun sourcing parts for your Model S."

After my status reverted to "Order Confirmed" this morning, I emailed my DS, but haven't heard back--although the status on My Dashboard has now changed back to "In Production."

After it said it went into production last week, I emailed my DS to see if it would arrive earlier (Seattle) than my currently scheduled delivery date of 9/13. He told me it had entered production and it generally takes about a week to get through and then another 4 days for it to be transported and prepped here. So, I'm hoping the flip flopping statuses are just a glitch in the Dashboard.

I remember reading people who's statuses went back to "Sourcing Parts" after they'd already taken delivery--but maybe that was just after they re-launched the website/Dashboard.

ironmikeii | August 29, 2013

Progress - my dashboard changed today: Production Complete
Your Model S is being prepared for pickup or delivery.

This one is new to me. DS called and indeed, on its way.

Please, no hurricanes, wildfires, floods or tsunamis until after next week (:-)

CoreyM | August 29, 2013

Congrats, ironmikeii. I've seen your posts about your delays, so this is certainly a step (or leap) in the right direction.

Best of luck in a smooth transportation and delivery. (Same goes for everyone else, too. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas.)

Forty Creek | August 29, 2013

Confirmed my order yesterday so am still at the 'sourcing parts' stage for 'October' delivery. California sure seems a long way from Ontario Canada right now. Green P85... Can't wait.

ironmikeii | August 29, 2013

@Corey. Yes things are looking up.
@Forty Creek +1 for GREEN P85. Don't hear or see to many of those. Green P85+ | August 29, 2013

My Model S 85kwh went from "Sourcing Parts"to delivery in about 4 weeks. I transferred my 5k deposit on a Model X to the Model S and placed an order about a week before I got the "Sourcing Parts" message on "My Tesla" I don't know if I got an early delivery because of my 1 plus year on the Model X waiting list or someone bailed on an order for the exact same Model S that I ordered. Either way, I am very happy with my car and enjoy taking compliments and answering questions from the people I meet. I don't think Tesla will ever have to advertise to get orders for the Model S. I haven't had as much fun with a car since I bought my new Mustang 2+2 in 1967.

Andercam | August 29, 2013

Woo Hoo... Just changed to In Production tonight!
After reading some of these posts... I hope I don't change back to sourcing parts.

billreeves | August 29, 2013

Let's see. Order finalized on August 10. The VIN was assigned on August 13. The "Sourcing Parts" message came up at about the same time, I don't remember exactly. My DS contacted me on August 14, and originally scheduled delivery for August 29 (today!). However, on August 15, the DS contacted me to let me know that the car would be delayed, new delivery date of September 4 (next Wednesday).

Paperwork (docusign stuff) showed up on August 17. We signed it on that day, but Tesla didn't sign it until August 19 (Monday) - lazy slackers don't sign paperwork on weekends. :)

The message on the dashboard changed to "The Tesla factory is building your Model S" on August 23.

This evening (August 29), the message on the dashboard changed to "Production Complete".

This seems awfully fast to me, but I am not going to complain.

I know all of these dates because of the excited emails I sent to my wife every time the status changed. :D

madbuns | August 29, 2013

My bride has tired of my updates.

About the car, too!

(I had sourcing - building - complete - prepared for pickup/delivery).

mem3184 | August 29, 2013

Confirmed Aug. 2
Went into "production" August 26 as originally estimated.
Schedule delivery date set about 10 days ago as Sept. 14.
So Cal location
Paperwork finalized today online

Each day seems like an eternity. Hoping for a surprise early gift.

Brian H | August 30, 2013

The near future will presently be the present.

lawsteve | August 30, 2013

Ordered Aug 2

Confirmed Aug 9

VIN assigned Aug 10

CR called 8/14 and advised of Sept 21 delivery date

Today dashboard changed to "in production"

Let the Chinese water torture continue..............

Brian H | August 30, 2013

Drip, drip, drip, ...

dirk.saenen | August 30, 2013

@Brian H : "It's those danged Europeans, butting into line!"


How long have you been in line ?
(some) EU's are waiting for years, and still see US line jumping.

e.g. US : Ordered Aug 2, Confirmed Aug 9, VIN assigned Aug 10
, Sept 21 delivery date
That is great.
Mine : Ordered Okt 13 2012, VIN Aug 13 2013, no ETA yet (Nov, at the earliest)

I should move to the US :-)

chrisdl | August 31, 2013

No VIN for me yet and still Sourcing Parts, but since today something did change on the dashboard.
Dutch and French documentation available for:
Mobile Connector, New Vehicle Limited Warranty, Owners Manual, and Roadside Assistance Numbers.

At least something is happening :)

kmalloy | September 2, 2013

I ordered my MS 85P on July 27th and it was delivered August 27th. Apparently the Performance models get put in line ahead of the lower models (according to my delivery specialist)

teslamonkey | September 2, 2013

I ordered my P85 the same date and it is not scheduled until 9/10. Do you live in California?

TMCproud | September 5, 2013

Jeeez same thing that happened to Teslamonkey just happened to me... Confirmed order Aug 25 / status upgraded to In production with late Sept delivery date a few days ago, and now just went back to "sourcing parts"... :-(

Although delivery date still shows late September, and yesterday my Montreal based DS finally emailed me in response to my email to the service centre address for Mtl, and he said the delivery window of Sept 27 to Oct 3 was reasonable. So also hoping it is just a glitch in the site wrt order status in My Tesla...

A bit frustrating, but staying positive. Got a nice surprise; insurance company just gave me a $350 per year premium estimate to cover the car (our third with them so good volume rebate); $1,000 deductible and full coverage...

CoreyM | September 5, 2013

I had the "Sourcing Parts" glitch, and it switched back to "In Production" later that day.

8/5: Confirmed
8/7: VIN Assigned (196XX)
8/23: In Production
9/5: Production Complete

When my DS initially contacted me, my scheduled pick-up date was 9/13, but it's been moved up to 9/10.

My S85 (Grey/19"/Tech/Black Leather/CF interior/Parking Sensors/Rear-Facing Seats) is being delivered to Seattle.

I would trust your DS more than any delivery estimate on the Dashboard.

lawsteve | September 5, 2013

Today's email from my delivery specialist when I asked re the dashboard switching to "sourcing parts" and info from the holder of a higher VIN for a S85 scheduled for delivery next week, well ahead of my P85:

"As I mentioned to you before, please disregard any status updates in MyTesla as they are not necessarily a direct indicator of where the car is in production. Occasionally they’ll switch back and forth from time to time but it’s nothing to be concerned about.
Regarding your delivery, September 21st is still going to be our best bet. Model S production is done in batches with similar configurations traveling through at the same time, not sequential VIN order. So a VIN number close to yours may roll out sooner or later than your VIN."

My Translation: "just chill and you will have your car soon enough............"

Dreamknightmanga | September 5, 2013

Kind of wish they would send you pictures of your actual car in the building process.... then again that just might make it harder.

TMCproud | September 5, 2013

Just to add...:

Spoke to DS this pm and production of P85 confirmed as being "ahead of plan". Order was confirmed Aug 25, and base case delivery week of Sept 23 - best case week of Sept 16. Delivery in Montreal. So I will take advice and try to chill, as I realize it looks like I will have been very lucky with lead time... VIN 21149.

Oh wait, I will chill by reading Nick's delivery checklist for the 85th time... Ask me anything!! :-)

Renegade | September 5, 2013

Looks like things are moving along... FINALLY!!

My dashboard on Tues switched to from "Sourcing Parts" to "In Production".

Just checked my dashboard, and to my surprise I'm greeted with "Production Complete. Your Model S is being prepared for pickup or delivery." WoW... that was fast!

So my timeline is as follow for my S60:
- Ordered and Confirmed: 28 JUL
- VIN issued: 29 JUL
- Signed paperwork via docusig: 22 Aug
- Paid downpayment: 22 Aug
- Alliant sent check: 23 Aug
Dashboard showed:
- Sourcing Parts: 29 JUL
- In Production: 03 SEP
- Production Complete: 05 SEP

DS says delivery will be 17 SEP

Its been a long wait compared to some, but looks like things are moving along.

Sucks I'll be out of town on business travel for 2wks starting Sunday, because if my dashboard is correct, my MS might arrive earlier then 17 SEP.

leon.gelernter | September 5, 2013

Long wait?

I am from Austria and I put down my order last week and I will get my car only in january 2014!

So if it's at the beginning of january it will be 4 months and if it's at the end of january (or later) it will be over 5 months (!!!!)

I know Tesla is an american company and all but please don't complain about waiting times that are real short compared to what we europeans have to endure.

I will go crazy if I don't get my P85+ at the beginning of january. But I want to believe in miracles and that my car wil be with me at the end of december 2013.

That would be the best christmas gift. EVER.

mem3184 | September 7, 2013

Updating my previous post-
Scheduled delivery was Sept 14 but told it was likely a placeholder and might get an earlier call.
They called Monday and said it will be early. Told them I am nearby and it was a priority so she said she would call when it is about to get on the truck and I would have it the following day (Van Nuys).
Called and said it was in final stage and would I be available on Sunday 9/7 to take delivery. I dropped of my ICE car yesterday in anticipation.
On my way back home, I received a call from Palo Alto saying my car was stuck in final stages and would likely be another week. Said other cars were affected as well, but could not get a clear reason. Rescheduled for the 14th again, but now I am borrowing my sons car for the week. I fear it was damaged.
Disappointed, but as others have noted, don't count on what you see on the site or what you are told as the gospel until it is in your hands.

Henning76 | November 5, 2013

Agree with Leon here. You have production start in less than 3 weeks in most cases. My top-of the line P85+ started production (apparently ) after 2 months of waiting.

Now most people say that's probably a glitch, and we still have to wait longer. THEN comes the 2-month freight time.

I really don't understand why cars destined for the US market are prioritized so heavily. Does Tesla have a cash flow problem?

Brian H | November 5, 2013

Subtract transit and assembly time and it's the reverse for most models.