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Sunday April 2, 2017 – Tesla Inventory – Remember when you used to place an order for a Tesla and then had to wait months to get a car, unless we are talking about the model 3, Tesla has inventory.
While this is something not really
expected of Tesla it is something that is common for most car manufacturers.
While sales ebb and flow the manufacturer wants to keep the production line
running at a pretty constant rate. I remember when I worked in the
automobile industry stopping the production line was a really big deal. What
that means for the company is that sometimes production falls below demand and
sometimes it exceeds demand. When production falls below demand and the
production line maintains the same rate, then cars build up at the factory.
When demand picks up again the production line stays steady and the excess
demand is filled from already built inventory.
What usually happens is that if demand does not recover then production is slowed, often by shutting down the production line and laying of workers temporarily. If demand gets too great and inventory becomes too depleted, then this means overtime as the factory attempts to increase production to fill the demand. It the production engineers have done their jobs properly these two situation occur very rarely. In Tesla's case this shouldn't be considered a bad thing, it's just part of normal business in the car industry.
For the person who is interested in a Tesla it does add an opportunity. You can go to the Tesla web site and click on either Model S or Model X then click on New Inventory. You will get a list of new cars that are currently built and ready to go. There is a slider that can be used to set your price range and you can see what cars are available in that range. There is also a function that lets you calculate shipping costs. I live in Southern California and when I ran the shipping cost function it came up as a no cost item but as they say in the auto business "your mileage may vary".
On closer inspection it looks like most of the cars currently in inventory were showroom models and do have a little bit of mileage on them although they appear to have never been registered so may be eligible for both Federal and State tax incentives.
The advantage of buying this way is that you can get a new Tesla much quicker than if you order from one of their showrooms. On the web site Tesla quotes a delivery time of 14 days. The disadvantage is that you have to take what is available, you don't get to configure the car exactly the way you want.
I also noticed that they had a few Model S with the 60 KWh batteries in inventory. These cars are still available for order but that option goes away in about two weeks. If you still want one of the S 60 models then there may be a few left in inventory after they stop taking orders for them. When I looked at inventory the difference between the cheapest S 60 and the cheapest S 75 was $8,650 so if you don't need the additional range of the 75KWh battery this may be an opportunity to get into an S 60 model even after they have stopped taking orders for them.
Of course since the 75KWh battery option is just a software upgrade Tesla might choose to perform the upgrade on any remaining S 60 models in inventory once the 60 KWh option ends..
If you are looking for a Tesla and don't feel you need a test drive then the option to buy from existing inventory might be a good way to get a Tesla into your garage.
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