12 Discounts for your Tesla

  1. Tesla is offering current owners a referral link that give you 9 months of free supercharging for any new/inventory Model S/X/3 to encourage word-of-mouth sales.  If you have ever done a test drive with Tesla, that is reduced to 6 months free.
    Here is a working referral link (e.g., Thomas8147) or manually give this discount code (e.g., Thomas8147) to Tesla when ordering in-person.  If you are not buying online with the link, please give your Inside Sales Advisor (ISA), Delivery Specialist (DS) or Ownership Advisor (OA) the referral code and make sure it is properly recorded in Tesla’s system.
  2. In the first Q/A below, I give instructions for current Model 3 reservation to add the free supercharging at the time of ordering even if you didn’t when you made the reservation.  If that doesn’t work, call your Tesla contact and have them enter the Thomas8147 code manually.
  3. Don’t pay for certain accessories that can be found cheaper after you buy your Tesla. I wanted the optional premium rims from Tesla as opposed to the stock ones, but didn’t want to pay the $2.5K upgrade price so I bought the better rims for this aftermarket Tesla specialist here and sold the old ones online for $1500 for a net cost of half what Tesla wanted.  There are aftermarket spoilers available for less elsewhere too so don’t pay the Tesla retail rate!  Here is an exhaustive list of modifications you can make to your Model S or X.  Also, used items are sold on eBay, TMC forums, Facebook Marketplace, or Panjo so buy a used version of the same thing.
  4. In the US, be sure to factor in your Federal and State tax incentives listed here. Tesla has just about consumed their 200K Federal incentives so order immediately if you want delivery in 2018 to get the tax credit.  Your state/city/utility may offer other incentives like free registration, a discounted charger or cash.  In Colorado, for example, you get $7500 from the Feds and $5000 from the state with no alternative minimum tax (AMT) issue!
  5. The official Tesla forums are your friend and can be searched here, but don’t overlook the unsanctioned forums at Tesla Motors Club to get the scoop on everything and helpful advice from other fans.  My handle is @Reeler on both forums.  There is great information on the Teslarati or ElecTrek blog sites too.
  6. Depending on the year, the IRS in the US will give credit against your wall charger purchase and install costs.  Confirm with your tax accountant as this benefit is subject to AMT so I didn’t qualify, but you might.
  7. Free Supercharging is available in most cities and is unlimited with use of my referral code. Even if you are not going cross-country, drop in for your free charge to save on electricity.  Each fill-up saves you about $10-20 so this is a huge perk.
  8. Don’t buy a used Tesla.  After going through the math on discounts and tax breaks, you will find that new Teslas are cheaper than the used prices in most cases.  Search for inventory models here, which are never sold units that may have been demos or just excess production.  You want to have the choice of options, longer warranty and recent improvements anyway.  Tesla has a certified pre-owned (CPO) site with inventory if you want to double-check.  Remember, CPO cars do not qualify for the $1,000 referral discount or other tax rebates.
  9. If you still need to save more money, consider getting the smaller 75KWh battery which takes $20K out of the initial price.  After driving electric for several years, range anxiety quickly disappeared with experience and 200 miles range is plenty good enough even with the occasional cross-country trip and ample supercharging stations.
  10. Bonus Tip: After you configure your order, but before you confirm it, a Tesla rep will offer to help you by phone or e-mail.  Call that person and see if there is an already-built “inventory” models sitting somewhere or being shipped.  Tesla will bargain a little on these cars and move it to your location with shipping sometimes waived.  I have heard folks saving $1K-30K for Teslas in inventory or recently orphaned.  It is called a “showroom discount” on an “inventory model” and is available on demos or any other car that hasn’t been sold before (i.e., CPO), and you still get your the free supercharging and tax breaks!  Better discounts are common near the end of the quarter or with older configurations too.  The more expensive the car, the better the discounts become.
  11. Consider the avoiding the full-self driving (FSD) option at purchase as it is not working yet.  Wait for it to get debugged and regulatory approval and upgrade then.  I have a friend who bought a Model X to get the autopilot FSD and upgraded a couple years later to a new model never enjoying the expensive option.
  12. Free Destination Chargers for Businesses: Commercial sites can apply for two free destination charges and Tesla will supply two Wall Connectors that can work from a single circuit and not overload things when two cars are charging.  In some circumstances, they will even install chargers for non-Tesla vehicles as part of a package.  Apply here.
  13. Buy a Tesla Solar (formerly Solar City) system.  My referral link also allows you to buy a solar system for your house, and by using the link your warranty is extended for 5 years on top of the normal warranty.  Nothing feels better than driving a car powered by the sun!

Q: I put down my deposit for my Model 3 ages ago, but still want the free supercharging . . . is that possible?
A: Yes.  Once you are invited to configure, follow these instructions and you can still get the free supercharging.
  • Login to MyTesla https://auth.tesla.com/login
  • Edit following link and replace the RNxxxxxxxxx with your own Reservation Number for your Model 3.
  • Link:_https://3.tesla.com/no_NO/model3/design/RNxxxxxxxxx?&redirect=no&referral=thomas8147 (remove underscore at beginning)
  • Open a new tab in your browser while still logged in to MyTesla and then paste your edited link (both lines).
  • Now you will get a popup confirmation that you will receive Nine or Six Month of Free Supercharging.
Q: I am not sure if I did everything right to qualify for the free supercharging for six months?
A: Use your friend’s link (e.g., te.sla/thomas8147) to get a referral landing page that will ask for your e-mail at the bottom.   If you already blew it and configured your order, just call your Tesla rep and give them the referral code so that they can fix it manually.  In any event, you should reiterate your referral code (e.g., Thomas8147) to your OA or DS so they can manually confirm it to be sure you get the discount.
 Referral Confirmation
Q: What if I already configured my car without using a referral link?

A: Reach out to the Ownership Advisor (OA) or Delivery Specialist (DS) assigned to you and ask them to add the referral code (e.g., Thomas8147) to your order.  Several have done this after putting down their deposit so it should work.  But, free charging credits may not be applied retroactively once a deposit has become non-refundable. Moral of the story, you don’t have to do it initially, but your OA/DS does have to manually enter referral code prior to accepting the terms an finalizing your order for production.

Q: Does the free supercharging work with a lease or buying an in-stock car in inventory?

A: Yes.  When you configure your car, you can ask your Tesla rep if there is a similar previously-unsold car available now.  They will even bargain a little on these, maybe $2,000-25,000 off depending on location and amount of options.  Leases qualify too.  But, used CPO Teslas do not qualify for the referral or tax breaks.

Q: When does this expire?

A: No expiration is given, but who knows when they will expire this offer.  Should you fail to confirm the order for production it will be lost after that date.  This program is not being renewed so free electricity for your car will go away forever after that date.

Q: If I have questions, can I contact you before I order?

A: Absolutely.  Please contact by E-mail if you have any questions before purchase.  I live in Denver, Colorado and am happy to answer any questions you might have.

Q: Tell me a little more about yourself?

A: I have owned over a dozen different electric cars over the years and have not driven an internal combustion engine (ICE) car in 9 years except where it was an antique going to a car show.  I have helped nearly 100 owners through their purchase and am happy to help you too.  And you will find that all ICE cars feel like an antique.

Q: What does my friend get for referring me?
A: The prizes vary with the different phases of the program, but most folks have received all the prizes they will get including me.  Here is a listing of the current and past referral program phases.

Q: You missed something?
A: Please let me know and I will add it to the above list so that others might be able to afford a Tesla too.