On March 31st, 2016, it was my birthday, and I put $1,000 down on a car I had not even seen before, the Tesla Model 3.
And now, 2 years, 1 month, and 15 days later I'm picking it up, I came all the way up to the Fremont Delivery Center from Los Angeles, California and I'm about to take delivery of my car.
Now, we're gonna see a lot of stuff here, there's a whole process that goes on with delivery so we better get started cuz I'm gonna drive this thing back down to L.A.
I was lucky enough to start my day off at the Tesla factory in Fremont.
We got to tour the gigantic 5.3 million square foot facility, which is home to creating the model S, model X, and model 3. They're pushing to build half a million cars a year here.
After the tour was over, I can genuinely say I had a new appreciation for both how my car was built, as well as the people working in the factory to build it.
Putting real, human faces to the process was honestly really cool and made the entire delivery experience a lot more meaningful to me.
After the tour, we headed over to Tesla's delivery center, where we get to pick out my car.
We were first treated to some fancy coffee from their on-staff barista.
But, ugh, let's see my car already!
Let's do it.
I'm so excited right now.
I'm feeling a lot of emotions.
Number one emotion, excitement, number two emotion, fear.
It's a bit car payment.
Which one is it?
There's so many different ones.
There's so many different colors.
I don't know, I think the one closest to me feels like the one that's the right one.
My God, I can't believe it.
I'm actually maybe shaking just a little bit, and also I might start crying.
I'm not even kidding, I'm so excited.
This is my new car, like [SOUND] Yay.
My gosh, look at it.
It's so pretty.
My God, I feel the power.
I can't believe this is my car.
I am so excited.
And of course I had to take a million pictures with it.
After getting about a million pictures taken I jumped into the car and learned how to turn it on.
There's no ignition here, folks.
You just put your foot on the brake.
Then, I went through the user interface, I drew some things on the Infotainment screen, and dialed in the mirror, steering wheel, and seat.
It's all pretty user friendly.
Okay, so we've done a little bit tour of the inside of the car.
Now, we get to look at the outside of the car, including the funk.
So, I'm gonna open it up, which I can do from the app, which is really nice.
And then I"m going to open it and see what's inside.
So inside I've got this charging kit.
I've got my charging cable, I have some adapters in here, and then I also have this license plate mounting kit which in California sadly is required.
I have to put a license plate on the front of the car, and ruin the beautiful front end of this thing, but it's fine California DMV.
I guess I'll do it.
All right, trunk managed.
Of course, I had to complete a little paperwork, which ended up being a few simple signatures and some information on the EB Tax Credit and State Rebate, super easy.
After crossing the Ts and dotting the Is, we went through the how-to bit, we went through automated parallel parking, cruise control, and of course, charging.
Well, we've toured the factory.
I've signed all the paperwork.
I've learned about the car, including how to charge it.
And now, I'm ready to drive my new Model 3 back to Los Angeles.
I have to say, this delivery experience was unlike any other car I've ever purchased.
It was pretty stress free, and ultimately, slightly more complicated.
But, that's not a bad thing.
So, I'm ready to take my robot car and go live my life.
I'll be bringing you updates about my experiences with the Model 3. And until next time guys, I gotta get on the road.
There's something in the center console.
I have to look.
Day one reservation holder.
It's a tiny model three.
Look at this little cute thing.
Look at how cute that is.