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I thought I’d also post a thread about my experiences the same way others have done, and I didn’t want to hijack others threads at all so here we go. First, I’ll point out the the biggest issue was a dent above the drivers rear wheel well. It’s not bad, and they’re going to take care of us for sure...but just a tiny bit deflating when you see this on your brand new car at delivery time. They’re going to reach out to me on a path forward. (Pics coming on a future edit to this post). I mainly wanted to bring this up though because I was told that this has happened on other Model 3s that Westmont has seen/delivered (they’re nearing triple digit deliveries from that location). They said it’s from the factory that way and judging by how the paint isn’t disturbed at all in that area I’m inclined to believe them. They mentioned they usually catch it, not sure what their fix is when they do but I suppose I’ll find out. So, add this area to your list of places/things to check for when you take delivery. I actually probably wouldn’t have noticed it myself if I hadn’t decided to feel the car.

Much more to come later, I have to run, sorry.

Edit: pics. Looking straight at it, from the top down, and looking to the rear of the car.
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I thought I’d also post a thread about my experiences the same way others have done, and I didn’t want to hijack others threads at all so here we go. First, I’ll point out the the biggest issue was a dent above the drivers rear wheel well. It’s not bad, and they’re going to take care of us for sure...but just a tiny bit deflating when you see this on your brand new car at delivery time. They’re going to reach out to me on a path forward. (Pics coming on a future edit to this post). I mainly wanted to bring this up though because I was told that this has happened on other Model 3s that Westmont has seen/delivered (they’re nearing triple digit deliveries from that location). They said it’s from the factory that way and judging by how the paint isn’t disturbed at all in that area I’m inclined to believe them. They mentioned they usually catch it, not sure what their fix is when they do but I suppose I’ll find out. So, add this area to your list of places/things to check for when you take delivery. I actually probably wouldn’t have noticed it myself if I hadn’t decided to feel the car.

Much more to come later, I have to run, sorry.

Edit: pics. Looking straight at it, from the top down, and looking to the rear of the car.
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Normal legacy dealer behavior is to call in their favorite paintless dent specialist which can produce excellent results. I once knew a military family six kids and limited income who, nevertheless, appreciated cars. After many years of saving, they were finally able to bring home their first new car (a Ford Aerostar van) and also the first vehicle that could squeeze the entire family within.
Exciting day for them. The first thing the dad did (an engineer and USAF officer) was to get his nail punch out of his tool box and put a ding in one of the fenders, just so they wouldn't waste time worrying about the vehicle. Unfortunately, in spite of that, someone drove into and totaled it not long after....
Thanks for your post.
 

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Ok, I have some more time to write! So, issues. Other than the dent, the only thing that we caught was a small chip in the paint at the front of the car (lower portion closest to the ground). I’ll get a pic of it and post here eventually. Right now the cars in my garage filthy from the snow/ice/salt that’s all over the roads here. I went looking for it at the time I took the pics in my prior post and couldn’t find it quickly, it’s that minor. Panel fit, gaps, etc? I have no big complaints. I noticed my picture in the other thread (Members Delivery Photo Thread) are at an angle that makes it look like the hood is misaligned but that’s not the case. There’s a pretty darn even spacing on all the panels. If anyone wants, please let me know and I’ll snap pics and post here of whatever panel area you like. The one closest to being “out” is the passenger side A Pilar which, if I wanted to nitpick, is not 100% aligned with the hood/side panel. Just a tad off.
I will post pics of that one for sure but right now I just shoveled 7” of snow and I’m exhausted. My garage is connected but not insulated or heated too so I just don’t want to face anymore cold right now!

Lastly, something I should likely post on the thread with questions for owners, but oh well...We went out for dinner last night, got home, and the car was making a high pitch whine (my wife said it sounded like a hair dryer). I thought “hmm, kinda odd” but it’s day one for me with the car and I wrote it off as a normal thing. The car must be doing something for itself, right? Two to three hours later I went to look at the car (yes, I just went to stare at my own car!) and it was still doing it. Google searches, searches here and TMC didn’t net results, so I tried a reset and it just started up again. I wrote to Tesla and went to bed, assuming it’s normal but wanting to be certain. The car was at 66% last night. Today I woke up, no noise, and the car was at 65%, so whatever it was wasn’t just something “on” and draining my battery. Still though, as much as I’ve read and already owning an S, I was still unprepared for this noise, if anyone has some insight I would greatly appreciate it!

More to come...
 

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Ok, I have some more time to write! So, issues. Other than the dent, the only thing that we caught was a small chip in the paint at the front of thr car (lower portion closest to the ground). I’ll get a pic of it and post here eventually. Right now the cars in my garage filthy from the snow/ice/salt that’s all over the roads here. I went looking for it and couldn’t find it just now, it’s that minor. Panel fit, gaps, etc? I have no big complaints. I noticed my picture in the other thread are at an angle that makes it look like thr hood is misaligned but that’s not the case. There’s a pretty darn even spacing on all the panels. If anyone wants, please let me know and I’ll snap pics and post here. The one closest to being “out” is the passenger side A Pilar which, if I wanted to nitpick, is not 100% aligned with the hood/side panel. Just a tad off.
I will post pics but right now I just shoveled 7” of snow and I’m exhausted. My garage is connected but not insulated or heated too so I just don’t want to face anymore cold right now.

Lastly, something I should likely post on thr thread questions for owners. We went out for dinner last night, got home, and the car was making a high pitch whine (my wife said it sounded like a hair dryer). I thought “hmm, kinda odd” but it’s day one for me with the car and I wrote it off as a normal thing. Two to three hours later I went to look at the car (yes, I just went to stare at my own car!) and it was still doing it. Google searches, searches here and TMC didn’t net results, so I tried a reset and it just started up again. I wrote to Tesla and went to bed, assuming it’s normal but wanting to be certain. The car was at 66% last night. Today I woke up, no noise, and the car was at 65%, so whatever it was wasn’t just something “on” and draining my battery. Still though, as much as I’ve read and already owning an S, I was still unprepared for this noise, if anyone has some insight I would greatly appreciate it!

More to come...
My car makes some pretty loud noises as well when parked in my garage. I believe it's the HVAC most if not all of the time though.
 

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My car makes some pretty loud noises as well when parked in my garage. I believe it's the HVAC most if not all of the time though.
That would make a good deal of sense, I tend to agree. Does yours happen to do it for extended periods of time?
It just seemed odd as I drove 2+ hours home in the same conditions, plugged in at 27%, went to dinner at 79% and was back at 67%...then the noise. I’ve moved away from “worry” to more of a “what the hell is that?” and think it would be good info for anyone getting their car, especially if new to Tesla. I’m used to noises from the Model S, but not for hours on end.
 

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Two quick things. One, for anyone that installed charging infrastructure at your home in 2017, worth a read here, tax credit of some sort I’ll need to get details from my awesome tax man!
https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/thr...-youre-eligible-now-for-30-tax-credit.108382/
Probably posted elsewhere, but worth repeating.

Two, with no official Tesla all season floor mats, I found these on Amazon.
I really only picked these up though because Amazon gave me $70 just to get their credit card, which is something I’ve been meaning to do anyway. So for $15, these will do until Tesla has theirs available.
 

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That would make a good deal of sense, I tend to agree. Does yours happen to do it for extended periods of time?
It just seemed odd as I drove 2+ hours home in the same conditions, plugged in at 27%, went to dinner at 79% and was back at 67%...then the noise. I’ve moved away from “worry” to more of a “what the hell is that?” and think it would be good info for anyone getting their car, especially if new to Tesla. I’m used to noises from the Model S, but not for hours on end.
Mine does not seem to happen for extended periods, but I’ll keep an eye (or ear) out for it.

Two quick things. One, for anyone that installed charging infrastructure at your home in 2017, worth a read here, tax credit of some sort I’ll need to get details from my awesome tax man!
https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/thr...-youre-eligible-now-for-30-tax-credit.108382/
Probably posted elsewhere, but worth repeating.
Yeah my taxes are on hold because of that as TurboTax doesn’t have this finalized yet :)
 

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Just took a fellow Model S owner for a ride. We got to where the sunlight was behind us and hitting the screen and I noticed a ton of scratches all over it, like someone cleaned it with scotch brite. I didn’t see this at all in the delivery center. Any chance there’s a protective film that I need to peel off to really get to the screen itself?

Edit: thanks @teslarob, I don’t think there’s a film though, I’ll check again. Just got back inside from the garage. Some of the scratches are actually more like gouges. I can feel them.
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Gonna go check if by any chance this is the protective film.

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Yes, there should be a film on them when new, but it should have been removed prior to delivery. They're not usually applied without bubbles, however, so should be easy to spot. Hopefully that's all it is!
 

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Just took a fellow Model S owner for a ride. We got to where the sunlight was behind us and hitting the screen and I noticed a ton of scratches all over it, like someone cleaned it with scotch brite. I didn’t seen this at all in the delivery center. Any chance there’s a protective film that I need to peel off to really get to the screen itself?

Edit: thanks @teslarob, I don’t think there’s a film though, I’ll check again. Just got back inside from the garage. Some of the scratches are actually more like gouges. I can feel them.
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Gonna go check if by any chance this is the protective film.
Mine has a “bubble” so I’m nearly positive there is a film left on it. I hope...
 

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Mine has a “bubble” so I’m nearly positive there is a film left on it. I hope...
Let me know what you find out if you wouldn’t mind, I don’t think mine has a film...I fear the damage is on the screen itself. The dent and paint chip I think will be easy for them to fix. I don’t know how they’ll fix this screen. Replace? I’ll have egg on my face if my DS calls me tomorrow and tells me to just peel the film off though lol.
I’ll say this, if it has a protective film, it’s perfectly cut and placed to where it doesn’t appear.
 

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Let me know what you find out if you wouldn’t mind, I don’t think mine has a film...I fear the damage is on the screen itself. The dent and paint chip I think will be easy for them to fix. I don’t know how they’ll fix this screen. Replace? I’ll have egg on my face if my DS calls me tomorrow and tells me to just peel the film off though lol.
I’ll say this, if it has a protective film, it’s perfectly cut and placed to where it doesn’t appear.
Don't feel embarrassed to ask them, they're not going to laugh at you. If it's a film that's still there, it's their mistake. If it's damage, it's definitely their mistake. Either way, not your error :)

If it is scratched, they'll replace the whole thing. Don't worry, Tesla is battery limited, not screen limited. Honestly, their suppliers would probably be happy with Tesla for upping their part orders, since they expected to be shipping a lot more parts by now ;)
 

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Don't feel embarrassed to ask them, they're not going to laugh at you. If it's a film that's still there, it's their mistake. If it's damage, it's definitely their mistake. Either way, not your error :)

If it is scratched, they'll replace the whole thing. Don't worry, Tesla is battery limited, not screen limited. Honestly, their suppliers would probably be happy with Tesla for upping their part orders, since they expected to be shipping a lot more parts by now ;)
Thanks @KarenRei. I’ll do my part to keep Tesla’s suppliers in business! :)
 

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Dumb question, for more than one reason, but I'll ask it anyway:

When a parked Model 3 decides that it needs to heat its battery by running current through the inverter, does that process trigger any sounds that one would not hear otherwise? (Not that I see any reason why @SoFlaModel3's car needs to heat itself on a balmy 75-degree evening, nor would I expect this ad-hoc battery heating system to sound like a hair salon, nor do I suspect that there's a tribe of capuchin monkeys offering blowout services in the space above @Lovesword's garage... that's more of a marmoset thing...)
 

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Dumb question, for more than one reason, but I'll ask it anyway:

When a parked Model 3 decides that it needs to heat its battery by running current through the inverter, does that process trigger any sounds that one would not hear otherwise? (Not that I see any reason why @SoFlaModel3's car needs to heat itself on a balmy 75-degree evening, nor would I expect this ad-hoc battery heating system to sound like a hair salon, nor do I suspect that there's a tribe of capuchin monkeys offering blowout services in the space above @Lovesword's garage... that's more of a marmoset thing...)
How the hell do you know about my marmosets?
 

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So...I’m dumb. I decided to be a little more aggressive on the corner (I’d been barely trying as if my delicate fingers would somehow null and void my warranty through force). And what do you know. It DOES have a film. Teslarob was correct. Now I’m going to put it back in place and wait until an ordered screen protector arrives!
Thank you all for your feedback and support, sorry for the PANIC! :)
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The marmoset racket here in America is a tight-knit community, my friend...
I had what I thought was a funny reply typed up involving decoder rings, secret handshakes and marmalade...but I read it back to myself and even I thought it was too out there...

To your original question, I hope someone can answer it for you. I’ve been hearing noises but have settled for them being normal, but also have no idea what they’re doing. It could be like that cube in Transformers, taking over my lawn equipment as we speak.

Sidebar: wow, lawn equipment...totally a missed opportunity for Transformers.
“Autobots! Transform and roll out! Except you Mulch...you transform and take care of our base yard!” - Prime
 

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So...I’m dumb. I decided to be a little more aggressive on the corner (I’d been barely trying as if my delicate fingers would somehow null and void my warranty through force). And what do you know. It DOES have a film. Teslarob was correct. Now I’m going to put it back in place and wait until an ordered screen protector arrives!
Thank you all for your feedback and support, sorry for the PANIC! :)
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Edit: deleted double post.
Good thing you discovered this before Jalopnik ran an article with the headline "Tesla Quality Problems Continue With Scratched-Up Screens" and Daily Kanban started a "Whompy Screens" short-selling campaign ;)
 

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Good thing you discovered this before Jalopnik ran an article with the headline "Tesla Quality Problems Continue With Scratched-Up Screens" and Daily Kanban started a "Whompy Screens" short-selling campaign ;)
Cancel my reservation!!!! Oh....wait... :p