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You can now order a Tesla Model 3. Here's how

Tesla's most affordable car yet is sure to be a hit with green-leaning car nuts. If you don't know how to get in line, we'll walk you through it.

We're assuming the production Model 3 won't be painted so dark as to absorb every single photon, as it appears to do in this picture. Can't be certain, though.


Later today, Tesla will finally give the public its first look at the hotly anticipated Model 3. Considering its presumed $35,000 MSRP will fall well below $30,000 after incentives, it's within the realm of affordability for many Americans.

In the event you've come into money in the last 17 seconds while sitting on this page, or have never visited Tesla's website, here's how you can order a Tesla Model 3.

You can order one of two ways -- on Tesla's website, or in person at a Tesla store. Tesla spokeswoman Khobi Brooklyn told us that online reservations open up at 8:30 p.m. Pacific on March 31, and in-person reservations start earlier that day, at 10 a.m. Pacific.

So, by the time you're reading this, folks have already started plunking down small piles of cash.

The refundable reservation costs $1,000. If you like paying things ahead of time and want to put more money toward the car or pay it off entirely, tough tomatoes, Tesla won't let you. Not right now, at least.

Reservations will be fulfilled in the order they're received, and deliveries aren't expected to start until late 2017, so hopefully you're patient. The whole waiting-in-line thing also extends to customization, like paint and options -- early reservation holders get the first crack, followed by the stragglers.