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Will we be able to take delivery from the factory so that we do not get bumped down on the list due to geography I would fly out to California to take delivery
The first deliveries being in California is more about the locals being beta testers of sort more than anything else. With these deliveries being done first for "locals" within a moderate range of the factory means that when problems arise in the early stages, if necessary Tesla can easily bring them into the factory and rework things.....if and when needed.
Elon has stated this several times.
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There can be drawbacks to being the first few VIN numbers in a lot. If you were to read the Model X forums, there is one lady that has a VIN that is under X40, that has yet to receive her car, as it was set to the side to be "tweaked".
This was all over Twitter this weekend as thousands of Model X have hit the road, but this VIN that should have been delivered the first week of X deliveries, has yet to be seen by the lady that has been waiting 3 years for her car.
 

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I can't find her specific case but another example is here
https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/lowest-vin-not-delivered.66700/

Yes, the Model X is a very complicated model riddled with very special issues, and the Model 3 should be much simpler due to its configuration.
However, I still prefer to be in the 20000-40000 to take delivery, just so that all the bugs are worked out before I get the car.
 
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Then won't you will have to pay the very expensive CA tax, delivery, registration fees etc.
You shouldn't. I took delivery of my Porsche in South FL, but registered it in Texas. They just gave me a temp tag and I paid the Texas Sales tax. You only pay tax where you register the vehicle.

However you still have to pay Tesla's Prep and Delivery fee, even if you pick it up at the factory.
 

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Will we be able to take delivery from the factory so that we do not get bumped down on the list due to geography I would fly out to California to take delivery
I've worked in the auto industry during model startups, been a project manager, and lived in Minnesota. I suppose your plan depends on what kind of an adventurer you are. The desert highway through Utah is so plain and long and straight, it seems like you're not going anywhere-- despite whatever the speedometer says. My dog got scared there. Where are the trees? Walking is posted as illegal, and the police enforce that. (It's more fun for them than collecting bodies.) There is a high risk in vehicle production startups of defects, even if your production planning is good and the work is done by robots. Too much has to go well. When you do new things, you are admitting that you are doing things which have not been done before. Wisdom is the result of making mistakes. Then again, I understand the glory of parking the first 3 at U. S. Bank Stadium. Skol!
 

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I've worked in the auto industry during model startups, been a project manager, and lived in Minnesota. I suppose your plan depends on what kind of an adventurer you are. The desert highway through Utah is so plain and long and straight, it seems like you're not going anywhere-- despite whatever the speedometer says. My dog got scared there. Where are the trees? Walking is posted as illegal, and the police enforce that. (It's more fun for them than collecting bodies.) There is a high risk in vehicle production startups of defects, even if your production planning is good and the work is done by robots. Too much has to go well. When you do new things, you are admitting that you are doing things which have not been done before. Wisdom is the result of making mistakes. Then again, I understand the glory of parking the first 3 at U. S. Bank Stadium. Skol!
I have a friend with X #15 and he originally had a four page list of things for Tesla to fix... It's down to a page... Since Dec. 31, 2015...

Then again, he is very detail oriented and probably the right guy to be scrutinizing a new car.
 

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I have a friend with X #15 and he originally had a four page list of things for Tesla to fix... It's down to a page... Since Dec. 31, 2015...

Then again, he is very detail oriented and probably the right guy to be scrutinizing a new car.
Industrial Engineering is the optimization of complex systems. There are a lot more ways to do things incorrectly than there are of doing them correctly. No golfer ever starts out with 18 hole-in-one's. If God had wanted everything to happen at once, time would never even have been included in the cosmos.
 

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I read the title and thought WAIT!!!!! You have ALREADY taken delivery of your Model 3!!!??? WHO DO YOU KNOW!!!! 'Just Kidding'!!! I could hear it now...."I was in line first!!!.... What was you're Res #??? Where are you geographically located??? East Coast or West"!!! LOL!

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Will we be able to take delivery from the factory so that we do not get bumped down on the list due to geography I would fly out to California to take delivery
Fyi, sales tax laws, temporary tags, and fees vary by state.
Do some research, find out what California and your states law states before you try and take delivery in California.
I highly doubt those living in other states will be able to jump the line and take delivery in California. Maybe Im wrong but this would cause a nightmare logistically for Tesla.
 

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Fyi, sales tax laws, temporary tags, and fees vary by state.
Do some research, find out what California and your states law states before you try and take delivery in California.
I highly doubt those living in other states will be able to jump the line and take delivery in California. Maybe Im wrong but this would cause a nightmare logistically for Tesla.
They already allow factory deliveries... (at least they did when I picked up our Model S in November 2013)

It's not that much more difficult for them to extend this to 3. Now, re-prioritization that's not even set yet, so if they know that folks want to pick up at Factory, they may be able to do something there.
 
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They already allow factory deliveries... (at least they did when I picked up our Model S in November 2013)

It's not that much more difficult for them to extend this to 3. Now, re-prioritization that's not even set yet, so if they know that folks want to pick up at Factory, they may be able to do something there.
If a 100 or even 1000 out of area folks from out of area want to speed up their model s or x delivery by taking delivery at the factory, no big deal logistically for tesla.
Now if 50,000 or more out of area folks want to jump the line for earlier delivery of their model 3? Logistical nightmare for tesla.
 

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If a 100 or even 1000 out of area folks from out of area want to speed up their model s or x delivery by taking delivery at the factory, no big deal logistically for tesla.
Now if 50,000 or more out of area folks want to jump the line for earlier delivery of their model 3? Logistical nightmare for tesla.
Yes. But that's what is called a high value problem. There are cost savings that Tesla gets for queuing deliveries at the factory vs. sending it to the delivery centers.

Considering that the mislabeled Destination Charge is actually a tax (you pay for it even if you pick up at factory) the cost for Tesla to deliver at Fremont vs. Maine is significantly lower.
 

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I live in Iowa, but my brother has lived in San Francisco for 15 yrs (I should have majored in computer science ;-)). I'm seriously thinking about changing my reservation address to his and then taking delivery in CA. Aside from getting the car earlier, it would give me an excuse to take a cross-country supercharger trip!
 

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If you can I would.

Unfortunately we Canadians can't get factory delivery otherwise I'd fly to Fremont to take delivery and road trip the car home.
 

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If you can I would.

Unfortunately we Canadians can't get factory delivery otherwise I'd fly to Fremont to take delivery and road trip the car home.
It's a tough call. If a service center opens in my area than I probably will. But right now closest is 3 hrs away. I might curse the decision if there are many kinks to be worked out in the early production M3s.
 

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If you can I would.

Unfortunately we Canadians can't get factory delivery otherwise I'd fly to Fremont to take delivery and road trip the car home.
I'm hoping I can at least pick my car up in Toronto and road trip home. It would probably be better to get the full introduction at the showroom/service centre rather than the guy on the truck.