Tesla Model 3 Reservations To Now Start At 10 AM Worldwide Local Time On March 31?

MAR 24 2016 BY MARK KANE 28

Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous Mode

Reservation pace will be Ludicrous?

We are just days ahead of Tesla Model 3 unveiling, and the opening of the online reservations book scheduled for March 31 8.30pm PT (Pacific Time).

Because we are nearly two years from the first deliveries, expected in late 2017 on the West Coast, there could be pretty decent race to get the first reservations of the car.

For all those who are seriously interested in the first Tesla Model 3s, some important new information (via Teslarati) be that  reservations will begin on 10.00am local time.

Originally, Tesla stipulated a 10am Pacific time opening for reservations, but new “how to” instructions sent out recently by Tesla (full recent mailer below), and online instructions, have dropped the “Pacific”/timing language completely.  This apparently was in response to inopportune timing of everyone being on California time and complaints of would be owners.

Consumers will be able to make reservations both online as well as in stores on March 31, but the online sales window has been consistent all along at 8:30 PM (PT).

As we now understand the process through a series of Tesla press releases, blogs and emails – Tesla owners with highly optioned cars (as per CEO Musk) will receive first priority, followed by public premium orders;  a hierarchy that will be followed as Tesla opens ~5 specific regions in order for delivery, starting with California/West Coast of the US in late 2017.

Further Details On Tesla Model S Debut And Ordering - Now Excluding Details For In-Store Ordering

Further Details On Tesla Model S Debut And Ordering – Now Excluding Details For In-Store Ordering

source: Teslarati

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28 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Reservations To Now Start At 10 AM Worldwide Local Time On March 31?"

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Yeah, that’s exactly what the local Tesla guy told me here in Lausanne. I didn’t know if I should believe it, but this confirms it I guess..


So is there any difference for states where there are galleries but “Sales” are not allowed? More specifically, can one line up at a gallery in TEXAS and “reserve” a model 3 or does that violate direct “sales” laws? Obviously, this isn’t an actual sale and is refundable, etc.


Shush. You will give the auto dealers association bad ideas. 😉


Technically, if you read the reservation agreement, you are NOT entering into a sales agreement. That is an entirely separate contract.

Nothing will be discussed about the price of the car itself, or any detail of the car, since they won’t even do their press release until later in the day.

I’m sure Tesla is considering this to be as completely separate a transaction from the actual sales transaction, as buying a t-shirt, or any other Tesla vehicle associated paraphernalia.

If somebody doesn’t like it, they certainly can sue to try and stop them.


Nix said:

“Technically, if you read the reservation agreement, you are NOT entering into a sales agreement. That is an entirely separate contract.”

Sounds like a lawyer’s argument. Now, that’s not to say you’re wrong, but talk about splitting hairs!

Elooney Muskey

Tesla’s desperation for free PR by changing minor details every day is sickening. Hope they can pump the stock up enough enough for their next capital raise.


Good luck shorting TSLA.


Well said.


Yeah, I think we’ve identified yet another person who only posts here to bash Tesla, and not to contribute anything useful, positive, or even amusing to the conversation.


Scott Franco

Hate to tell you, but “pump and dump” schemes only work if the “mark” does not know about it.


Thousands of posts at Seeking Alpha, Motley Fool, and similar websites rather strongly suggest otherwise.

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” — Abraham Lincoln

Obviously, scott, you’re talking about only the third category there… not the first or second.


Hahahaha at your notion that investors don’t like companies pulling off free advertisement!! Are you crazy?

Free advertising improves bottom line performance. Duh.


See Through, is that you?


Where do they say higher spec first? I haven’t seen that mentioned at all lately.

Jay Cole

Tesla CEO Musk mentioned it recently, and it is also an operating pattern known to Tesla when it comes to new models/trims. It isn’t “higher spec” specifically, but rather Model 3s that are optioned out…Tesla has decided that early Founder/Signature editions won’t be sold for the 3.

In other words, margins take precedence.

Here is the quote from Musk:

“Our default plan as we have done in the past is that the initial sales are relatively highly optioned versions of the car, because we’ve got to pay back the investment of the tooling and everything, so it makes sense to have the higher optioned versions first. That’s what we did with the S and obviously again with the X.”

Tesla Model 3 Debuts March 31st, Higher Optioned Cars Made First
(I’ll add a linkie to this into the story to avoid any confusion)

Scott Franco

I’ll add a power Margarita maker if it gets me a car faster.


Yes, you can get your reservation in first if you are on the East Coast or live in London due to local time, but you won’t get the car either way since the delivery schedule is based on your location…



LOL indeed!

Australians will be first to have a chance to reserve in their stores, but last to take (right-hand drive) delivery. If that’s not irony, I don’t know what is! 😉


Order on East Coast and deliver at home on the West Coast. 🙂

Scott Franco

“For all those who are seriously interested in the first Tesla Model 3s, some important new information (via Teslarati) be that reservations will begin on 10.00am local time.”

I be ready. I be going down to the local Tesla dealership in Sunnyvale, CA before work.

Mister G

I want model 3 pics today..get r done inside evs.


So, people in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney) can go to their local Tesla store sooner than anyone else to make a reservation for a Tesla Model 3. But they will be the last to get one delivered, because of the RHD situation in Australia. Conclusion: nobody there in Australia will be there when the Tesla store in Melbourne or Sydney will open (10 AM).


I’m pretty sure people will reserve in the shop so they will be the first Australians to get their Model 3.
Just like I will reserve one in Belgium before reserving in California is possible and I know I will get my car after the Californians.


Have Tesla owning friend to contact your Australian friend to reserve a CA delivery car for you! 🙂

I wonder if that would work best to jump the queue


Counting up while counting down to the Model ≡ Reveal:

I count this as the #6 article directly related to the “reveal” on InsideEVs, since I started counting.

Since my guess the other day was 7 articles posted before the actual moment of the Reveal, obviously I’ve seriously underestimated! 🙂

Rick Bronson

Hope Model-3 will be available only with dual motor since this configuration gives a higher range.

At this point, we don’t know whether it will be built using Aluminum or Steel.

Aluminum makes sense since its a lighter and can reduce the battery weight as well.

Let’s wait and see.

Orygun EV driver

Steel for cost savings IIRC on earlier announcements.And I’d be surprised if ANY were delivered before mid to late 2018. I say this only because there is a chance that this will be the first time Tesla is able to deliver somewhere near their announced schedule. I figure 6-9 mos late would be a win in their book.
I’ll put my (West Coast) reservation in and have a fairly good chance of getting one about the time my 3 year Bolt lease is up.

Brian D Anderson

Spoke to a local sales person who pointed out that March 31 is reservation day only: specific order options won’t be ready until later. No opportunity to influence your place in the queue.