I had written earlier in the week that I wanted to preorder a Tesla model 3. A reader told me he planned on showing up at 3AM to wait. That was a bit too ridiculous for me. I really didn’t want the car first thing since I was wanted to draw out my Audi ownership a bit longer, I figured I’ll go at 9:30AM when the store opened.
Before I headed over to the mall, I figure I’ll check Twitter to see if anyone posted about the wait. That’s when i saw this – https://twitter.com/eugene_lin/status/715566884133801984/video/1. It’s only 15 seconds. Go watch it. Anyway, once I saw that, I decided NOPE! I’ll wait until lunch.
As the hours passed, I kept checking Twitter and sure enough, the line was not letting up. People were commenting that they had just gotten to the “mall’s second level,” which is the end of the video. From where they were to the Tesla store would have been 2+ hours. That’s when I decided to wait until lunch to go. I got there at about 12:30PM and posted this photo.
I was about at the mid way point of the video. I was talking to the lady in the picture there, and she had came earlier and saw the massive line and decide to wait until the line died down. I told her, “Yeah, you saved 3 hours now, but that’ll probably push back your car 3 months.” Hey sorry, the truth hurts.
Also, while we were waiting, this nice old lady said her friend bought a model S and returned it 3 weeks later. She said, “We’re old. We don’t like all that technology like you young people.” Haha. She was also amazed at the number of people waiting for a car that they’ve never seen.
Forty minutes in line and I was here:
An hour in and oh so close.
Finally! The thing that irked me was how slow the line was moving at the beginning. I had read it should take 2 minutes per person to fill out their name, address, and credit card number. By the time we got to the front, the line was moving fast. There were 6-7 employees taking preorders. I don’t know if half of these people were on their lunch break, or if people were asking stupid questions like, “What does the car look like?” Either way, I think that line should have moved at twice the speed.
When I walked out, the line ended where I was at the 1:32PM mark.
“Do you want 2 or 1?”
When the employee was filling out the preorder, I saw a drop down box for a quantity of 1 or 2. He asked me if I wanted 1 or 2. I asked him, “If I do 2, can I cancel 1 down the road?” “YES.” “Okay then, I’ll do 2!.” I tried to put it on my Discover Miles card, but I ran out of credit and so the card got rejected. The employee said it was probably his mistake. It wasn’t. I begrudgingly used my Discover It instead.
Now the wait begins. My guess on when I’ll get the car…. late 2018… 2.5 years from now.