Tesla Adds 17 Stores To Model 3 Display List

Red Tesla Model 3 at handover event


Tesla is finally beginning to ramp up Model 3 presence in company showrooms.

Aside from seeing the car on the internet, a majority of the half-million Tesla Model 3 reservation holders put their $1,000 deposit down sight unseen. This was a complaint from many, but obviously didn’t hinder people from getting their name on the list. It’s not unlike many other product debuts in the tech world, but somewhat uncommon for cars, though it’s becoming more common now as some startups are beginning to follow suit.

We’ll really never know if more people would have put money down if they had a chance to see and test drive the car or if it would have caused pre-orders to be a much smaller number. Tesla waited until long after all the orders were in, and few people had taken delivery, to finally begin putting the car in select Tesla stores. Even at that point, the car was only available for brief, timed viewings. Test drives were never an option.

Perhaps Tesla didn’t want people to have a chance to see the early models, as the automaker was still working the bugs out and updates had not yet been performed. Now that many of the bugs have been worked out and Tesla is manufacturing the Model 3 in large numbers, the automaker is expanding its fleet of showroom cars.

According to Electrek, Tesla has been adding the Model 3 to a handful of stores every few weeks, but this past week the car found its way into about 35 new stores. Following this, the automaker announced that it added 17 more stores to close out the week, with another six stores coming soon. The list is as follows:

  • Burlingame, California
  • Dublin-Amador Plaza, California
  • Glendale – Americana at Brand, California
  • Mission Viejo-Shops at Mission Viejo, California
  • Santa Barbara-Hitchcock Way, California
  • San Diego – Fashion Valley, California
  • Sunnyvale, California
  • Lone Tree-Park Meadows, Colorado
  • Boca Raton-Town Center at Boca Raton, Florida
  • Honolulu-Ala Moana Center, Hawaii
  • Chicago-Westmont, Illinois
  • Baltimore-Owings Mills, Maryland
  • Cleveland-Lyndhurst, Ohio
  • Manhasset-Americana Manhasset, New York
  • Brooklyn-Van Brunt Street, New York
  • Dallas-Northpark Center, Texas
  • McLean-Tysons Corner, Virginia

Unfortunately, although the car has been “available” for almost a year now, you still can’t test drive it. However, Tesla has stated that a fleet of test drive vehicles is coming soon.


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It makes perfect sense. They can’t fill the demand they already have, why waste cars they could sell to customers to attempt to generate more demand?

Agree, however for giants such as myself it’s at least good to know if you can “fit” in the car. I sealed the configuration deal after traveling about 30 miles to the Chicago showroom and sitting in the car. Afterwards, rented it 1 day from Turo. Test drives will make this car a no brainer choice for many.

Other than it being lower… I found it easier for ingress egress than the model S. My wife and I bought a Model X because of that.

Yeah Cleveland. I might take a look when I coe back from vacation

Is the Modle 3 backlog still hovering at 500k people?
That is just crazy.

A bit less, closer to 450k, but yeah.

This is clearly being done to help the customers get the tax credit for one more quarter. By diverting supply to the showrooms and not shipping them to the end users they can delay the end of it through the quarter. SO… the end of the quarter numbers will hopefully be lower in the US and higher elsewhere temporarily. And in the next quarter when they resume domestic shipments… there will be an inventory of demos that can be sold off after some test drives and piling in more future delivery orders… discounted for mileage… not such a bad deal especially when combined with the tax credits. So… all in all… smart management against the goal of making the credits last one more quarter… good for the customers and better for company margins. Win win.

But how many cars are we really talking about in show rooms? < 300?

Maybe he’s kidding? Altho there’s nothing else in his comment to indicate irony.

Yeah, there is no way ~300 cars is going to make the difference in delaying passing the 200k milestone until July. Tesla would need to divert something like 5000-6000 deliveries for that. Perhaps 2000-3000 are going to Canada, so that’s something, but there are no other signs of Tesla doing anything that could, or will, actually delay things until July.

I never regarded that as a realistic scenario. If Tesla had succeeded with its original production goal, then it would have passed the 200k milestone in Q1 2018, or perhaps even Q4 2017. From Tesla’s viewpoint, it has already delayed passing that milestone longer than they intended.

I previously posted a comment on another page about Autopilot Buddy being responsible for 2 deaths where drivers had there hands off the steering wheel the NTSB has banned the device in the US now. I didn’t find the exact article I was commenting on but the other article actually blamed Autopilot Buddy for the deaths. I also incorrectly called it AutoBuddy App

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Well, if you do find that article, do post a link. My guess is that you didn’t read it carefully enough, and conflated two issues.

Your right my mistake. Although that Autopilot Buddy is a piece of crap. Glad to see the NSTB banned sales of it.

yup Ron, I completely agree.

FYI — see this source: http://www.autonews.com/article/20180619/RETAIL01/180619711/musk-tesla-autopilot-safety-feature-nhtsa

“AutoPilot Buddy has not been a factor in any accidents involving Tesla’s AutoPilot, according to a NHTSA official. ”

It is an unnamed official at NHTSA, but seems to be legit.

Happy Summer Solstice Folks. Today is June-21, the longest day in Northern Hemisphere.
Sun has started shining on solar and other renewable energy sources and also electric vehicles. For sure, 2018 will see electric vehicle sales of 2 million units if we include the heavy vehicles as well.

Soon we will see more sunlight in Fremont, CA, USA. Good job Tesla.

“Perhaps Tesla didn’t want people to have a chance to see the early models, which were mostly built by hand and suffered many issues with fit and finish…”

What an oddly negative interpretation of events, for an article on a pro-EV website. 🙁

Or, maybe Tesla had a pretty obvious disincentive to put Model 3’s on showroom floors when it was still “anti-selling” the Model 3 in favor of the Model S and Model X!

I see the US obesity epidemic as the biggest problem for Model 3. Many of these people simply cannot breathe while sitting in a midsize sedan, then become somnolent behind the wheel causing accidents.