We bought a used Tesla Model S just last week from Tesla Inc. This is our second Model S - the first one we had gotten new in 2013, which we sold off last month.
As is typical when buying a used vehicle from a dealer, we got a temporary identification (used vehicle dealer notice) that was affixed on the windshield.
My wife was driving and the cop stopped her for some right turn she was not supposed to take. Apart from her improper right turn, he tacked on two more violations on the ticket:
- Driving without a license plate
- Driving without a registration
It's funny - the temporary dealer notice clearly says on the back that vehicles displaying this may be operated without license plate or registration. The ticket was given in Fremont - right where Tesla headquarters is. The cop of course saw the temporary notice, took it with him, and still came back and gave her the ticket for not having a plate and registration. He said the vehicle shows a 2015 registration and that tags were issued for the vehicle which expired in May, 2018, and hence the ticket. My wife tried to explain to him that this is a used vehicle purchase from Tesla, and that temporary notice shows that - but the cop was adamant that since the vehicle was already registered, we should have the license and registration for it.
Not sure if Tesla didn't file all the proper paperwork with DMV when we bought the vehicle, or cop was not fair to us. Did anyone had a similar experience after purchasing a used Tesla from Tesla Inc., and if so, how did you end up resolving this? He also mentioned that the fine for driving without license plates is >$2K. I should mention the violation is marked as "correctable" on the ticket. So I am assuming that when the real license plates and registration paper arrive, we can take it to court and get those violations taken off the ticket.