Model 3 UK orders.

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UnderSteerD

107 posts

130 months

Friday 15th November
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Sambucket said:
I got an inventory car. I was promised they are identical to custom orders in every way other than the sales pipeline. But who knows!
I don't think it matters. If you're happy with the car then you're happy with the car.

RobDickinson

27,704 posts

202 months

Friday 15th November
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Dave Hedgehog said:
The one foot driving update works very well in London traffic
Its great in traffic but reversing down my steep drive is somewhat odd

Smiljan

7,348 posts

145 months

Friday 15th November
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Frimley111R said:
Smiljan said:
There's around 20 Model 3's in the new inventory currently. I can only assume they're cars that were rejected at pick up and subsequently repaired ....
That's quite some assumption though.
Well, there are many, many reports particularly in the US that a rejection on the day often means they'll just slot you into a different car on the day. That means there's now some stock that needs fettling and putting on sale again.

Either that or demand isn't actually that great and they are already building up excess stock they can't shift.

ZesPak

19,340 posts

144 months

Friday 15th November
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Smiljan said:
There's around 20 Model 3's in the new inventory currently. I can only assume they're cars that were rejected at pick up and subsequently repaired ....
Assumption is the mother of all fk ups though.
Tesla allows you to upgrade even after you ordered. There's all sorts of reasons why people would cancel on their order. Your sounds like one of the least plausibele ones.

Smiljan

7,348 posts

145 months

Friday 15th November
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That could explain some of them, there aren't any performance Model 3's in the inventory.

Still doesn't explain how they have 20 spare cars when "demand is crazy" rofl

Nice of you to replace my assumption with your own assumption though...

RobDickinson

27,704 posts

202 months

Friday 15th November
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20 inventory cars is absolutely nothing.

They deliver thousands, quite likely 1% of people decide against that particular car, change spec, colour, can't get finance or decide not to buy.

Sambucket

2,162 posts

9 months

Friday 15th November
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If you look in waiting rooms, there are tons of reservation holders waiting impatiently. For deliveries. Some give up and switch to inventory but many don’t. So any inventory sale is basically an extra sale for Tesla. It’s a slightly different kind of buyer. Also tends to be mostly higher margins cars AWD or FSD.

Also half the inventory cars are not even in the country yet. You can call up and ask.

Tesla sell 3000 a month in the U.K.

manracer

1,007 posts

45 months

Friday 15th November
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RobDickinson said:
Dave Hedgehog said:
The one foot driving update works very well in London traffic
Its great in traffic but reversing down my steep drive is somewhat odd
Genuinely I can't tell much difference between pre and post update behaviour

RobDickinson

27,704 posts

202 months

Friday 15th November
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Did you switch it on?

manracer

1,007 posts

45 months

Friday 15th November
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Smiljan said:
manracer said:
my friend placed an order for a blue LR with white interior and aero wheels, hes been waiting a few months, I noticed there were similar cars in the new inventory albeit with the 20 inch wheels, he didnt mind the bigger wheels so i encouraged him to call up - the tesla process has been comical, hes had to place a second £2k deposit to get the car, then hes been told because the wheels are different he needed to place a 3rd order but select wire transfer as that gives you 24hrs to transfer the money in order to get the car - its madness and its this side of tesla that is shocking, - surely they have backend systems to enable them to do this?
There's around 20 Model 3's in the new inventory currently. I can only assume they're cars that were rejected at pick up and subsequently repaired as demand is crazy and they can't keep up with RHD deliveries.

Would it be a real gamble to buy one of those now rather than wait a few weeks for a new car?
Tesla told him it's at the docks in Southampton and awaiting delivery to Stockport.

manracer

1,007 posts

45 months

Friday 15th November
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RobDickinson said:
Did you switch it on?
Yes Rob, I did smile

It doesn't appear to regen or brake below 5mph as per pre update.

I've noticed it some times applies the brakes from around 50mph quite harshly just now, strange.

Smiljan

7,348 posts

145 months

Friday 15th November
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Sambucket said:
If you look in waiting rooms, there are tons of reservation holders waiting impatiently. For deliveries. Some give up and switch to inventory but many don’t. So any inventory sale is basically an extra sale for Tesla. It’s a slightly different kind of buyer. Also tends to be mostly higher margins cars AWD or FSD.

Also half the inventory cars are not even in the country yet. You can call up and ask.

Tesla sell 3000 a month in the U.K.
Thanks Sam. Do you work for Tesla to get this insight?

Sambucket

2,162 posts

9 months

Friday 15th November
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No I’m just making it up as I go along.

RobDickinson

27,704 posts

202 months

Friday 15th November
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manracer said:
Yes Rob, I did smile

It doesn't appear to regen or brake below 5mph as per pre update.

I've noticed it some times applies the brakes from around 50mph quite harshly just now, strange.
Check again, I thought it was on but it wasn't

Smiljan

7,348 posts

145 months

Friday 15th November
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Sambucket said:
No I’m just making it up as I go along.
rofl Like the rest of us.

I'll ask next week at the Ascot event as I'm now suspicious it'll be a timeshare esq sales pitch and I'll end up locked in a tiny room until I buy an inventory stock car.

Something doesn't add up though having excess cars when there is reportedly massive demand and waiting lists. Why not just make those customers happy by putting these cars in the hands of customers who are waiting?

manracer

1,007 posts

45 months

Friday 15th November
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RobDickinson said:
manracer said:
Yes Rob, I did smile

It doesn't appear to regen or brake below 5mph as per pre update.

I've noticed it some times applies the brakes from around 50mph quite harshly just now, strange.
Check again, I thought it was on but it wasn't
What the hell?

I did check again and it wasn't on!

What's that about? I specifically remember setting it to HOLD!

Just finishing a supercharger session right now so I'll report back shirtly

Smiljan

7,348 posts

145 months

Friday 15th November
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That's weird, I just looked again and there are only 11 cars in inventory now. Maybe someone from Tesla has been reading our ramblings.

Sambucket

2,162 posts

9 months

Friday 15th November
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Afaik There are no spare cars Waiting in delivery centres. The Inventory is in transit or at port.

I sold my shares due to similar conclusions re price cuts etc but I was dead wrong. I now think it is just games to maximise asp and order book. Inventory turns over quickly.

SWoll

8,326 posts

206 months

Friday 15th November
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Inventory cars are usually those that haven't been matched to an existing order.

Having been watching the inventory for a couple of months they are almost always LR models (definitely least popular as too close in price to the Performance that offers a lot more for the money) and often fitted with optional 19" wheels, FSD, tow hitches, white interior or expensive optional paint. You'll never see a standard white car with black interior and no other options in there.

All down to Tesla's odd "build a load of different cars, ship them and then hope they match someone's order" approach. And in the most part they definitly disappear quick enough for people who decide to change from a ordered car to beat the list.



Edited by SWoll on Friday 15th November 19:24

ZesPak

19,340 posts

144 months

Friday 15th November
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As said, even 20 cars is less than 1% of monthly orders. Plenty of reasons why people might have bailed on their order. To say it doesn't gel with the wait list is just silly.

I did the simple maths, assuming wheels and FSD can be changed post production, there's about 50 different configurations. All of them sellable, but I can imagine they can't always directly fill in another order.