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$2K off instead of $1K from current VA and OH owners, confirmed

$2K off instead of $1K from current VA and OH owners, confirmed

From Telsa to Ohio owners:

"August 28, 2015

Various states have laws that were enacted to prevent rogue car salespeople. You can imagine an era when legislators were concerned about stereotypical “car salesmen” trying to sell cars without a license. At Tesla, we sell our cars differently. We don’t use traditional car dealers let alone rogue salespeople. However, our Referral Program has struck a chord with Ohio regulators, who have claimed that aspects of it do not comply with this type of law.

Our Referral Program was never designed to make you a salesperson. Nevertheless, due to the position taken by Ohio regulators, we are making one change to our Referral Program for our customers in Ohio. Now, when someone buys a new Model S through your referral link, the $1,000 credit that you were to receive in your Tesla account will instead go to the person receiving the referral. That person will now get $2,000 (instead of $1,000) off the purchase price. The program otherwise remains as described in Elon’s email to you.

Our apologies for this change.

The Tesla Team"

From Tesla to Virginia Owners:
"August 6, 2015

Various states have laws that were enacted to prevent rogue car salespeople. You can imagine an era when legislators were concerned about stereotypical “car salesmen” trying to sell cars without a license. At Tesla, we sell our cars differently. We don’t use traditional car dealers let alone rogue salespeople. However, our Referral Program has struck a chord with Virginia regulators, who have claimed that aspects of it do not comply with this type of law.

Our Referral Program was never designed to make you a salesperson. Nevertheless, due to the position taken by Virginia regulators, we are making one change to our Referral Program for our customers in Virginia. Now, when someone buys a new Model S through your referral link, the $1,000 credit that you were to receive in your Tesla account will instead go to the person receiving the referral. That person will now get $2,000 (instead of $1,000) off the purchase price. The program otherwise remains as described in Elon’s email to you.

Our apologies for this change.

The Tesla Team"

After multiple calls with Tesla Sales in HQ, as well as the store in Tyson's Corner VA, I've learned the following:

- This is all about not directly compensating current owners in these states from being direct salespeople. It doesn't matter where the new buyer is, they can take advantage of the extra $1000 off that was supposed to go to the current owner

- The new buyer will only see $1000 off initially, using a referral code from a Virginia or Ohio owner. This is because the owner's credit is not realized until the buyer's deposit becomes non-refundable

- The new buyer and their DS must work with Tesla HQ to manually map over the extra discount. Once this is done, the discount will appear on the Motor Vehicle Purchase Agreement before you complete delivery

- What does the VA and OH owner see? As referrals get confirmed, they temporarily see their 'credit' go up $1000, but once it gets mapped out, the credit goes down again. I have seen this with three referrals who used my code already

- Does the VA and OH owner get anything? Mostly the satisfaction of knowing they helped someone get into the best car on the road today. It seems that Tesla's opinion that the other prizes, the free installed Powerall and Gigafactory opening tix at 5 referrals, and the discount on a new Model X at 10, do not represent a per referral compensation, so that the VA and OH owners are still eligible for them, but this has not been made clear. I may be the first VA owner to have hit five referrals, so I'll keep everyone posted

My point of view on the whole referral process is that if you are a new Model S buyer and know a friend who's a current owner, use their code, that way you both get something out of it. But if you're a new buyer, and don't have a particular referral code to use, seek out a VA or OH current owner, and get $2000 off instead of $1000. It's a little extra work, but it's money that stays in your pocket.

As I have 5 referrals already, and my code is already posted on the Tesla Forums elsewhere, I think it best for other VA and OH owners to post theirs in the comments

KevinR.co.us | 2015年8月31日

I think it would be great if I had the option to just "gift" the referral bonus in total to anyone I would choose. I live in CO. I prefer the VA & OH programs.

I have a good job (I've got a Tesla and PV panels :o)
& do this stuff mostly to promote the goals of Tesla and the environment anyway. I would prefer not to have a benefit from my gifting.

It would be nice to see a program where each owner gets the option of 5 referrals per year with the benefit going solely to the new buyers they choose.

(Of course this would be after the current "competition" ends).

vincent.taylor | 2015年8月31日

links please

Redmiata98 | 2015年8月31日

Vincent, here is my Virginia link for the discount
http://ts.la/rich4060
I am hoping that part of the referral money in certain instances does go to the Virginia referring party because I am trying to get some Tesla clothing. My intent is to use it for prizes for our middle school. I teach Science and now give out an inexpensive mickey mouse watch for each of our ten tests. (When you hold the watch upside down the two ears and face look like a water molecule, hence the Chemistry tie in.)

andrew_j_hawkins | 2015年9月7日

Yes this works. Live in Ohio and got 2k off

dpena23 | 2015年9月8日

I dunno, I've asked 2 Tesla stores now (in L.A), about the Virginia referral link. And both stores have stated that I would need to register the car in Virginia to get the 2nd $1,000.

If that's true, perhaps, if the referral program gets banned in California too, then I can just use a California referral link and get the 2nd $1K that way, since I have to register my car in this state.

*shrugs*

EVRider | 2015年9月8日

@dpena23: My local Tesla store in FL told me you don't have to register the car in VA to get the owner's credit, and some of the other forum contributors have confirmed this. I wouldn't assume your Tesla stores are right (even if that turns out to be the case). You have nothing to lose by using a VA referral, you'll get the $1,000 discount in any case, and maybe you'll get $2,000.

bfranks273 | 2015年9月8日

By VA state law, I am not allowed to be paid for 'selling' a car. Thats all there is to it. So you get both $1K's. http://ts.la/william1590

notblueclk | 2015年9月8日

@dpens23: This is not the case. The issue is where the owner is, not where the buyer is. You have to have your DS work is HQ to get the credit moved over from the OH and VA owner. The second $1000 appears as a discount on the buyer's New Vehicle Purchase Agreement.

http://ts.la/edward8069

whartline | 2015年9月8日

I used a Virginia referral code and should be taking delivery in about 1 week. My DS told me I would only get $1000 since I was not registering my car in Virginia. This is his email to me.

Regarding the referral credit, I finally dug deep enough and got an answer. You are each entitled to $1,000. The $2,000 situation would only apply if this were the other way around. Virginia doesn’t want anyone receiving a “kick back” for someone “selling a car” in Virginia, so if someone from Virginia (read: registers their car in Virginia) purchased a car with a referral link, they don’t give the “kick back” to the referrer and instead give it to the person purchasing the car.

Someone from Virginia can receive a “kick back,” but they don’t want their citizens being “sold cars.” So ****** will receive $1,000 and you will receive $1,000. Apologies for the confusion. Hope this clears things up a bit.