Some early buyers of Tesla's eagerly awaited new electric saloon are trying to cash in by selling their "non-transferable" build slots
Sam Sheehan
15 December 2017

Tesla Model 3 build slots are up for sale on online auction sites for prices of up to $10,000 (about £7470).

The posts have come from people who were quick to place a deposit and secure an early slot in the 450,000-plus queue.

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This practice of ‘flipping’ is normally only seen with low or limited-volume sports and supercars, but it appears the Model 3’s unprecedented demand has encouraged it with a more mainstream model.

Other brands have been quick to condemn the flipping of their models. Aston Martin has said anyone caught trying to sell on their Valkyrie slot will lose their car. Tesla is yet to comment officially on the practice.

The terms and conditions listed on the page where customers can place an order for a Model 3 state that build slots are "non-transferable", suggesting the practice is not officially allowed. However, it seems unlikely that the brand will be able to keep track of such a large volume of deals.

Tesla has already told its employees, who are offered a discount on new purchases, that they cannot sell their car on for profit. In an email addressed to its employees, Tesla said: “Because employees are receiving special priority, all Model 3 cars prioritised to employees must be registered to you or your family member and may not be resold for more than the original price.”

The Model 3 broke records when it went on sale in March 2016, but more recently parts supply issues have created what company CEO Elon Musk described as “production hell”. The brand has been working to clear the order backlog, and the launch of the Tesla Semi truck and new Roadster helped to move the spotlight away from it.

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15 December 2017

The Brits and US miltary folk import alot of tosh from the states how about someone importing one to the UK, sure wuld interest the UK car magazine business.

Looks like it's the only way we going to see one before 2020

 

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16 December 2017
xxxx wrote:

The Brits and US miltary folk import alot of tosh from the states how about someone importing one to the UK, sure wuld interest the UK car magazine business.

Looks like it's the only way we going to see one before 2020

Valid question there xxxx, and I am not about to launch into one. The US military have an agreement with a particular company to provide cars to their staff from US car manufacturers. The idea being that the end user receives whatever car they want in their specification delivered to whichever US base they are deployed to, whether that be in the UK, Germany or Guam for example. To get this started, Tesla, the aforementioned company and the US military simply have to strike up an agreement and add them to the list of approved manufacturers this company sells to the military personnel. It wouldn't benefit the British as they don't partake in this scheme, but certainly for the US personnel it could work very well indeed.  If Tesla aren't already getting this sorted then they are missing a trick!

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