One handy checklist with everything you will want to inspect when picking up your new Tesla.

New Tesla Inspection Checklist
So, your Tesla delivery day is just around the corner? While the anticipation may be through the roof, it's essential to acknowledge the manufacturing hiccups that new Teslas sometimes encounter.

Heading to the pickup center armed with a checklist is your best bet. Take your time meticulously inspecting every nook and cranny, both inside and out. It's not uncommon to come across scratches, various panel gaps, and even some color inconsistencies.

Before putting pen to paper and signing any documents, it's crucial to identify and document as many of these issues as possible during the delivery inspection.

Fortunately, many of these problems are relatively easy fixes. However, for those that aren't, scheduling a service appointment will be necessary. Ensuring that your delivery representative thoroughly documents every identified issue in their system is key.
Check for scratches, dents, or paint imperfections on all panels.
Common problem spot: Paint imperfections around door handles or along panel edges.
Inspect the alignment of body panels and doors for uniformity.
Common problem spot: Uneven panel alignment or large panel gaps, especially around the trunk and hood.
Inspect the alignment of body trimming, especially around the wheel well.
Common problem spot: Wheel trimming missing clips that hold it together.
Verify that all lights, including headlights, taillights, and turn signals, are functioning properly.
Common problem spot: Non-functional or flickering LED lights.
Verify that all lights, including headlights, taillights, and turn signals, are seated properly.
Common problem spot: Front headlights and side turn signals have been known to be loose inside the housing.
Examine the condition of the wheels and tires for any damage or irregular wear.
Common problem spot: Wheel scuffs or curb rash, as well as uneven tire wear due to transportation mishaps.
Test the operation of the charging port door and ensure it opens and closes smoothly.
Common problem spot: Charging port door sticking or failing to open/close properly.
Inspect the windshield and windows for any chips, cracks, or defects.
Common problem spot: Windshield delamination or distortion, particularly in Model 3 vehicles.
Inspect the sunroof for any chips, cracks, or defects and remember to check the lining.
Common problem spot: Exterior lining tends to peel off causing a leak hazard, particularly in Model 3 vehicles.
Check for any signs of rust or corrosion, particularly in areas prone to accumulation.
Common problem spot: Small bits of surface rust forming around door sills or undercarriage seams.
Inspect the upholstery, including seats, carpets, and trim, for any stains, tears, or wear.
Common problem spot: Premature wear on vegan leather seats or carpeting.
Test all interior features and functions, such as the touchscreen display, climate control, and audio system.
Common problem spot: Touchscreen glitches or freezing, as well as HVAC system malfunctions.
Check the operation of all windows, mirrors, and sunroof (if applicable).
Common problem spot: Power window regulators failing or sunroof leaks in Model S and Model X vehicles.
Verify that all interior lights, including dome lights and ambient lighting, are functioning properly.
Common problem spot: Interior lights not turning on/off correctly or LED light strip failures.
Ensure that all seatbelts retract and latch securely.
Common problem spot: Seatbelt tensioners malfunctioning or seatbelt sensors triggering false alarms.
Look for any loose trim pieces or rattles that may indicate poor assembly.
Common problem spot: Interior trim pieces coming loose or rattling over time, particularly in early production models.
Examine the underside of the vehicle for any signs of leaks or damage to the high voltage battery.
Common problem spot: Coolant leaks from the HVAC system or serious dents on the battery housing.
Check the condition of the suspension components for any excessive wear or damage.
Common problem spot: Suspension bushing failures or air suspension leaks, leading to uneven ride height.
Ensure that the touchscreen display is responsive and free from any dead pixels or glitches.
Common problem spot: Touchscreen display freezing or blanking out.
Test the functionality of all vehicle controls, including door handles, locks, and trunk release.
Common problem spot: Door handle sensor failures or trunk release button malfunctions.
Verify that all cameras and sensors, including those used for Autopilot, are functioning properly.
Common problem spot: Camera lens fogging or sensor calibration errors, affecting Autopilot performance.
Check for any error messages or warnings displayed on the touchscreen or instrument cluster.
Common problem spot: Persistent error messages related to battery or powertrain systems, requiring service intervention.
Test the operation of any connected devices, such as smartphones or Bluetooth accessories.
Common problem spot: Bluetooth connectivity issues or intermittent smartphone pairing failures.
Choosing us to conduct your Tesla delivery inspection offers several compelling advantages:
Expertise and Experience: We have experienced technicians who specialize in performing comprehensive Tesla inspections. They possess the knowledge and skills necessary to identify potential issues that may go unnoticed by the untrained eye.
Time and Convenience: Conducting a comprehensive inspection yourself can be time-consuming and requires specialized knowledge of where to look. Hiring a professional inspection company saves you time and hassle, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your Tesla purchase.
Documentation and Reporting: We will provide a detailed inspection report complete with photographs and descriptions of any identified issues. This report serves as valuable documentation for seeking free repairs for any necessary defects or blemishes.
Peace of Mind: By enlisting the services of Specktion, you can have peace of mind knowing that your Tesla has undergone a thorough evaluation by experts. This can help alleviate any concerns about potential hidden issues and ensure that you're making an informed decision.
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