Can You Avoid Tesla’s Delivery Fee?

Can You Avoid Tesla's Delivery Fee?

As an automobile maker, Tesla sits in a league all its own. Founded by a group of dedicated engineers, Tesla is home to some of the only all-electric vehicles on the market, making them a frontrunner in the green energy category. Tesla cars are one of the world’s most desirable vehicles. Unfortunately, buyers soon discover that their Tesla comes at a cost beyond the sticker – the Tesla deliver fee. 

Can you avoid paying the Tesla delivery fee? All new purchasers of Tesla vehicles will be charged a delivery fee. This is the fee associated with transporting the vehicle from the factory to your delivery location. However, Tesla does offer some incentives that may offset the delivery fee.

Ready to learn a bit more? Keep reading for all the details that you need to know to determine how you may be able to avoid paying additional fees for delivery. In this article, we will attempt to explain the reason behind the delivery fee and uncover at least one way that you may be able to get your very own Tesla without paying it. 

How To Avoid Tesla Delivery Fee

You have picked out your new Tesla, decided on every upgrade and feature that you just must have and then sit down to place your order. Suddenly, just above the final price, you see a delivery/destination charge. 

In the United States, this fee is currently around $1,200, and they will not negotiate this fee even if you live next door to the Tesla manufacturing plant. Really. However, there are a few exceptions.

Sales Drive

On rare occasions, such as the sales drive the company had in 2016, Tesla has program incentives that allowed salespersons to waive the delivery fee. However, these instances have been few and only during a small window that you needed to place your order. 

Sources within the Tesla sales organization have been known to claim that they are given a limited number of waive options in any given period. So, we figure, it could not hurt to at least ask, you might get lucky.

Referral Programs

Another possibility for avoiding the delivery fee is to refer friends, family, and just about anyone to Tesla to purchase their next vehicle. When active Tesla owners are given a unique identification code to distribute to potential buyers. This code identifies them as referral originator. 

In the past, this referral code qualified the new buyer for a $1,000 discount to be applied toward the purchase price of their Tesla. While this does not eliminate the entire delivery fee amount, it will at least help to defray the cost.

Upgrade Bonuses

Another secret to cutting down on the overall cost to offset that delivery fee is to negotiate vehicle upgrades. Tesla salespeople will often be able to offer buyers a discount on specific upgrades. For example, another promotion during the 2016 sales drives offered buyers a chance to upgrade from the 5 passenger Model X to the 6 or 7 passenger model for half price. Buyers were also given the opportunity to choose Smart Air Suspension at a 50% cost reduction.

Buyers that chose one or both of the above options saved more than the delivery fee charged at the time. 

Buy Used

While Tesla vehicles may be few and far between on the used car market, they do still exist. This is perhaps the only sure-fire way to guarantee that you will not have to pay any delivery fee. 

We suggest getting involved in forums and community boards dedicated to the model you prefer. Reach out and let people know you are looking to purchase a like-new or gently-used Tesla and cross your fingers.

We absolutely suggest that you have the vehicle checked by a reputable service department that is qualified to test and examine a Tesla. Always test drive the vehicle before you buy it. If you are lucky, you may find a really great deal. 

Getting More Bang For Your Buck

When it comes to buying a premium vehicle, you should expect to pay a premium price tag. However, there are some tips and tricks that buyers love to share when they have saved a few extra coins on their Tesla purchase.

When You Buy Matters

Most automobile manufacturers distribute to dealers who order a certain number of each model in an array of colors and options. Tesla, however, builds and delivers its products directly to consumers, cutting out the middleman. 

Over the course of a fiscal year, Tesla manufacturing produces several models that end up being rejected by the consumer. This results in several models that will be less likely ordered to exact specifications. This is where being a bit flexible becomes important. 

At the end of every fiscal quarter, Tesla pushes its sales staff to offer these “rejected” models to the consumer.

For example, say you were planning on ordering a Model X in red with 18-inch wheels and there is already a Model X in white with 19-inch wheels that were rejected for delivery. The Tesla sales staff is authorized, in most cases, to offer you the Model X in white with the upgraded wheels for the same price as the original order. Just an upgrade of the wheel size could run over $3,000. 

Look Ahead

While we wait for the final tally of the 2019 sales year to be reported, many people already know that Tesla did not meet their projected deliveries of their higher-priced models. However, the company contends that they are charging ahead strong. 

What this means is that Tesla is going into the next fiscal year with an increased knowledge that their lower-priced models are selling better than those higher priced models. As energy conscience consumers grow in numbers, there is expected to be an even higher demand for these vehicles over time.

Looking ahead can help you to determine the best time to purchase your new Tesla. Over the next few years, there are bound to be several incentives available for purchasers to add upgraded features and choose the next model up in price. 

The idea is that buyers will fall in love with the higher priced model. Couple that with flexible purchase options, such as low rate financing and early pay off incentives, Tesla will either continue to push their luxury models or back off of them completely. In the meantime, potential buyers will be able to reap the rewards of these test sales. 

Where You Buy Matters

In early 2019, Tesla’s new plant in China began production of its Model 3s. Customers in China started taking delivery in late February and Chinese sales grew continuously throughout the year. 

What this may mean for individuals looking to save some money on their Tesla purchase, is the potential for purchasing some Tesla models at a reduced-priced compared to US prices. While there is no guarantee that you will save money overall, if you can afford the trip and cost of shipping your new car back to the US, it may be worth it in the end. 

Final Thoughts

Tesla owners are a loyal and innovative group of vehicle owners. Once you become part of the Tesla family, you will more than likely fall in love with the automobile. Tesla depends on customer loyalty as the company faces some of its biggest competition in the next few years. We can only hope that during this time, Tesla will begin to offer a bit more wiggle room with their prices to satisfy the masses. 

Until then, consumers must depend on one another to help find different ways of trimming the cost and finding ways to pinch the sales staff for some added bonuses. If you are lucky, you may be one of the chosen few allowed to waive the dreaded delivery fee. Until next time, we wish you all the best as you journey into the world of premium electric automobiles, as only Tesla can provide. 

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Hi, I'm Greg. My daily driver is a Tesla Model 3 Performance. I've learned a ton about Teslas from hands-on experience and this is the site where I share everything I've learned.

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