Tesla buyers won't have to wait weeks on end for delivery of their new Tesla Model 3, the new vehicle is now available to shop for online and can be delivered within a handful of days.
Typically, Tesla uses a “reservation” system to get in line to purchase a car, then allows buyers to pick the options they like and have a specific car configuration delivered to them. Due to this system, there’s often lead time to buying a Tesla. At first, for the earliest reservation holders, the wait can be a couple years before the car comes out, they’re invited to configure, and their cars are built and delivered.
Once production numbers get higher, this usually reduces down to a lag time of a few weeks between configuration and delivery. But for some buyers, that’s just not fast enough.
So Tesla started letting customers buy new and used inventory cars with much shorter delivery timelines. Depending on if the car is local, cars can be delivered in a few days or less. This would be good for customers who need a car more quickly than Tesla could build it, and also has been used to boost sales at the end of a quarter.
At first this information was only available to Tesla sales personnel. A buyer would configure a car, then if they seemed concerned about having to wait or if Tesla wanted to get them in a car sooner, an employee could check the system to find a similar configuration available on a shorter timeline. Soon Tesla decided to list these cars online – both new and used.
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