Tesla Launches New Referral Program


21-Inch Arachnid Wheel

21-Inch Arachnid Wheel

Yesterday, Tesla’s newest referral program (Program 4) went into effect.

The time period for this program in May 30 through July 15, 2016.

The “prizes” for referrals seem to have been scaled back quite a bit, with the biggest reward being a set of custom 21-inch Arachnid wheels at 5 qualifying referrals, but unlike in previous referral programs, it’s easy to win an award now as even just two referrals gets you a Tesla Moab Weekender Bag.

However, each referral does win you an entry into a drawing for a Tesla Model X P90D with Ludicrous.

Additional referral program details are found in the Tesla blog post on the matter below:

Referral Program

The new Tesla Referral Program begins May 30 and will run until July 15, 2016. Anyone who orders a new Model S or Model X during this period using the referral link of a Tesla owner will get a $1,000 credit towards the purchase price.

To show our appreciation, referring owners will be eligible for our Referral Program awards:

5 Qualifying Referrals
Owners who make 5 qualifying referrals will receive a set of 21” custom Arachnid wheels in black, silver or grey, including summer performance tires and installation. These exclusive forged aluminum wheels offer improved performance and are not available for purchase.

4+ Qualifying Referrals
Each owner who makes 4 or more qualifying referrals will receive an invitation for two to attend the Gigafactory opening event at the end of July, including transportation to the Gigafactory from Reno, Nevada.

3+ Qualifying Referrals
Owners who make 3 or more referrals will receive an exclusive Tesla Owners Jacket.

2+ Qualifying Referrals
Owners who makes 2 or more qualifying referrals will receive a Tesla Moab Weekender Bag that matches their car’s interior.

Ludicrous P90D Model X
Each qualified referral you make gives you an additional entry into a drawing to win a Ludicrous P90D Model X.

We know that without our customers we would not be where we are today. This is our way of thanking you for your support in building the Tesla community.

Related order must be placed between May 30, 2016 and July 15, 2016 and delivered for a referral code to qualify. Pre-owned vehicles are not eligible. Limit of 5 referrals per owner.

Unless otherwise noted, owners receiving invitations to Tesla events will be responsible for the cost of their own travel, lodging and other incidentals.

Must be at least 18 years old to be eligible for awards. No entry fee, payment or purchase required for the drawing. A random drawing will be held on or around July 31, 2016 to determine the winner. The winner will be contacted thereafter. Awards are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. The winner is responsible for all taxes and local requirements and fees. Program and awards are conditional on and subject to local laws and regulations. Unfortunately, Ohio and Virginia residents are not eligible for awards.

Good Faith
We introduce programs such as these in good faith and expect the same good faith in return. Please note that we may withhold awards where we believe customers are acting in bad faith or otherwise acting contrary to the intent of this program. To be clear, commercializing or otherwise selling referral codes is not appropriate, and we will not honor such codes. We cannot cover every nefarious scenario, nor will we attempt to, but we do promise to be fair and reasonable.

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Here’s what the Tesla bag looks like.

That’s the perfect accessory for a Tesla fanboi when he’s out and about. If the Tesla fanboi encounters someone criticizing Elon or Tesla, he can hit them with his Tesla purse. πŸ˜‰

“Tesla purse” had me snickering and was having people giving me strange looks, thanks.

“Murse”, please…

“It’s not a purse, it’s a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one.”.. LOL

Here’s what Elon Musk said on the February 2016 conference call:

“We do not discount our cars for anyone.”

Why give out discounts when Tesla is supply-constrained and can’t build enough cars. At least that’s what they keep saying…

Because Model S sales are down, but nobody wants to say.


There is an Osborne effect from the Model3 sooner or later, especially on the low-end configurations.

Tesla promised so much for the Model3 by late 2017 at just $35k (we will see…) that people won’t buy a Model S or X that costs double or mroe.

They have reported multiple times that model s reservations are up after the refresh and model 3 reveal. $1000 in incentives is nothing/

Should we believe Elon about Model S demand like we believed him when he said demand for the 10 kWh and 7 kWh Powerwalls and the $250/kWh Powerpack was “crazy off the hook” and “sold out through mid 2016” with reservations for 38,000 Powerwalls and reservations for 25,000 Powerpacks, only to have Tesla later cancel the 10 kWh Powerwall for lack of demand, and sell only 2,500 Powerwalls and 100 Powerpacks in the quarter before it’s supposed to catch up to the “crazy off the hook” demand for 38,000 Powewalls and 25,000 Powerpacks?

Excuse me for being a little bit skeptical, and not taking Elon’s statements about Model S reservations and demand as if they were gospel and the undeniable truth.

I also think so, Musks tweet are often what he hopes, but no reality. What also stands out is just end of year Tesla put out much curs, and some already stood around in China not sold.

Than again why would anybody believe the usual anti Tesla trolls like you and tfwtf?

Difference between hyping in a tweet and statements in quarterly reports.

Once again the non-EV driving troll posting as tftf comes in to slime yet another Tesla thread with his BS anti-Tesla FUD.

This from a person so unethical that he refuses to disclose that he is short on Tesla because this fact alone drives all of his desperate and lame FUD here.

Congratulations, you used the word FUD twice.

Now, do you have anaything to add to the discussion? My quote is factual and the question simple:

Why discount a product when demand is (apparently) through the roof AND Tesla is still burning money?

Every other company would raise prices or at least keep them stable – but certainly not give a $1k discount.

Economics 101.

I used the word FUD twice because you have been putting out twice the amount of anti-Tesla FUD as anyone else recently.

Here is a question for you: WHY don’t you disclose to everyone here when you post that you are short on Tesla???

Tesla is actually REDUCING its referral program because of the fact that demand is up.

The amount that Tesla spends on advertising and promotions is a very small fraction of what EVERY OTHER OEM spends per unit sold.

Also, the fact that Tesla owners have a 93% satisfaction rating of their vehicles BLOWS AWAY by comparison to every other OEM.

You have shown no proof that anything you wrote was factual. Given your consistently negative postings regarding Tesla, one can assume this to be business as usual.

The initial referral program was quite popular, but many considered it unfair, as the bulk of prizes went to a few people who were good salesmen or had lots of contacts. Tesla is probably instituting it this way, where every qualified entry gives anyone a shot at the Model X, in response to those complaints.

I understand EV, LED and BS but what is FUD ?

They had to scale down the program because the car sells itself. I’m not sure what Nodoer, Peter, or tftf read, but CPO’s have never been lighter, or possibly selling faster?

Musk is going slow enough to keep quality and margin. Tons-o-P90D Luda X’s, and S’s on the lots. All X’s spoken for. Can’t touch >=85kwh AWD for less than about $90k.

The dumbest thing for Tesla to do would be to go heavy on 75D production, or based out MX 75D’s, or God forbid, deliver the Model 3. From the delivery rate and over-production of inventory, their confidence must be enormous. You wouldn’t only make cars priced >$100k if you were worried about unit sales. Now, would you?


There’s been some weird stuff going on in the CPO program and the inventory cars. A couple of months back, Tesla dumped their entire inventory of showroom cars and loaners onto the market. They’re replacing the showroom cars with the newer “refreshed” model, and they’re replacing the loaner fleet with incoming used cars (which would otherwise be CPOs). This created a weird situation with a flood of inventory cars and a disappearance of CPO cars. It’ll take several months for the inventory cars to be depleted and several more months for the CPO supply to replenish.

It’s quite clear that Model S sales are, at worst, flat. They are not “down”.

However, I think Tesla is trying to refill the backlog queue. They’ve increased production capacity and the sales rate has remained constant. Analyze them like an airplane manufacturer or a train manufacturer; keep an eye on backlog. The backlog has probably reduced below the level that they’re comfortable with.

I suspect sales are still increasing, but production capacity may finally have increased faster than sales.

I’m sure Tesla has scaled down the incentives because it has a demand trouble…

The demand for Model S has collapsed after M3 hype, just wait until July 1st, Musk will tweet battery breakthrough around July 4th,why? because their Q2 delivery us really bad, his action is so predictable now.

Talking about predictable.

Amazing, another new username suddenly created to come troll on a Tesla thread to spread anti-Tesla FUD!

Quick, hit him with your Tesla purse! πŸ˜‰

They are masters at keeping the hype up. πŸ™‚

Too bad the referral program has been watered down so much. Hopefully this doesn’t dampen the ferocity of the owners showing off their cars, etc.

Because this is something Tesla has done it’s just fantastic for some reason. I’ll figure out why later. Go Tesla!

Tesla also did the LED front lights so that you can’t upgrade, now the 30 % of rich Tesla buyers will buy one more like earlier with Autopilot.

If anyone wants to save $1,000 here you go.


Someone really wants that purse πŸ˜‰

I could really use that purse.

Here’s my link if you want $1,000 off. πŸ™‚


The referral program is a nice way to boost demand by discounting the car without actually putting it on sale. It expires when Tesla predicts demand will pick up again. When they need it, it will reappear.

The smaller prizes this time is likely a workaround for various anti kickback laws Tesla has had trouble with in the past.