Congratulations on your new Tesla Model 3 Highland! In this post, I go over what to check in your Tesla Model 3 to ensure you cover everything that needs to be fixed, before it’s too late!  

I created a PDF Delivery Checklist with extra pictures that is a digital product. You can print it out and check mark items along the way, or use it on your phone / tablet!  It can also be purchased here or on Etsy. It helps support this blog!  Also, you can print out this page for free!

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Pair this checklist with my Youtube video

*Disclaimer: This is not an official list by Tesla, Inc., nor is it an indication of official quality control standards of Tesla, Inc. Tesla makes software and hardware updates frequently, which this list may not include. 

model 3 highland delivery checklist

WHAT TO BRING

If you decide to take delivery at the Tesla service center, instead of home delivery, be sure to bring these items:

  • Payment (cashier’s check, ACH/routing, wire transfer)
  • Proof of insurance 
  • Drivers license
  • Phone with light (to inspect the car)
  • This checklist & pen
  • Trade in vehicle with keys (if applicable)
  • Tesla phone app (downloaded and logged in)
  • Positive mindset (no car is perfect)

VERIFY PRE-DELIVERY VEHICLE RECORDS

  • Ensure correct full name on paperwork 
  • Ensure correct address on paperwork
  • Make sure your VIN number matches that on your paperwork
  • Verify price is correct, including pricing of any added upgrades 
  • Verify configuration makes what you configured 
    • Go to the Tesla screen -> Car icon on bottom left -> Software

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EXTERIOR

Start by inspecting the exterior, from front to back. 

EXTERIOR - FRONT

  • Paint
    • Use light source, check for scratches, marks, abrasions, dents
    • Hood
    • Front bumper and underneath bumper
  • Panels
    • Use finger as a guide; check for abnormal gaps or misalignments
    • Hood (if a gap is present, can the hood still open/close normally?) 
    • Headlights (are they flushed?) 
    • Fog lights 
    • Front bumper & underneath
  •  Turn on Lights
    • On the Tesla screen, Car icon (bottom left corner) -> Lights
      • Headlights 
      • High beams
      • Emergency lights 
      • Daytime running lights (are they equally bright and even?) 
    • Any condensation in lights?
    • Any loosening (push on edge of lights) 
  • Front trunk (aka Frunk)
    • Open front trunk (via Tesla display screen)
      • Check for tow eye hook
      • Check that LED light inside works
      • Examine weather seals (any loosening or tears?) 
      • Examine hinges (any paint damage?)
    • Close front trunk
      • Do NOT slam frunk (close gently using 2 hands on each side of Tesla logo and press down)
  • Windshield
    • Any cracks? 
    • Check for proper windshield wiper installation
  • Front camera
    • Any condensation?

EXTERIOR - SIDES

  • Paint
    • Door panels & underneath
  • Panels (any gaps or misalignment)
    • Each door to wheels, and wheels to body
    • Charge port (is it flush?)
  • Pillars (any scratches, dents?)
    • A, B, C pillars
  • Cameras
    • Left and Right B pillars
    • Left and Right side mirrors
  • Side Mirrors
    • Inspect trim (any paint damage?)
    • Ensure there’s an outline around inside of mirror (for auto-dimming feature)
  • Doors
    • Door handles (equally flush / recessed?)
    • Door trim (anything loose?)
    • Does charge port open/close easily?
  • Windows
    • Windows roll up/down slightly when opening/closing the door
    • When door is closed, windows do not roll down fully 
    • Any scratches, distortions or cracks?
  • Wheels & Rims
    • Correct wheels / rims that you configured
    • Inspect  Rims
      • Remove covers by pulling back
      • Check for all 4 valve stem covers
  • Roof glass panel
    • Inspect for alignment, cracks, distortion

EXTERIOR - REAR

  • Paint
    • Trunk
    • Rear bumper & underneath (any scrapes or damage?)
    • Roof
  • Panel (gaps, misalignments)
    • Glass roof
    • Rear lights flush with hood & panels
    • Trunk
  • Light
    • Tail lights (turn on emergency lights to test)
      • Equal on both sides
      • Any condensation or damage?
    • Brake lights
      • Equal on both sides
      • Any condensation or damage?
    • Rear bumper safety lights (turn on when trunk opens) 
      • Equal on both sides 
  •  Camera
    • Any condensation?
  • Rear bumper
    • Any scrapes, dents?
  • Spoiler (Performance Model only)
    • Ensure spoiler is attached firmly 

INTERIOR

INTERIOR - DOORS

  • Front Side Doors
    • Open/close doors (any weird sounds, any difficulties with open/close?)
    • Door jams near hinges (paint issues?)
    • Door seal around entire door (detaching, rips, tears?)
      • It is normal to have a hole for better seal, water etc)
    • Inspect for stains, abrasions
    • Ensure windows go up/down smoothly
    • Gently test both manual door releases (lever anterior to window buttons) 
    • Check door latch & window button lights
  • Rear Side Doors
    • Open & Close doors (open easily? any sounds?)
    • Door jam near hinges 
    • Door seal around entire door
    • Inspect for stains/abrasions
    • Test windows up/down (windows do not go down fully when door is open)
    • Check door latch & window button lights
    • Test manual door release on each side (side door pocket, remove black felt piece, pull on yellow string)

INTERIOR - TRUNK

  • Open/close trunk (any irregular noise?)
    • Ensure trunk opens/closes and latches properly with auto-close button
  • Inspect hinges 
  • Inspect weather seals
  • Inspect rear trunk well
  • Check for tesla front license plate mount
  • Test manual charge port release (located inside on left, pull string)

INTERIOR - FRONT

  • Side Mirrors
    • Tesla screen -> Car icon bottom left -> Controls
    • Ensure both mirrors can fully adjust
    • Ensure mirrors open/close easily
  • Rear Mirror
    • Inspect for cracks, distortions
    • Ensure mirror adjusts, not too loose
  • Sun visor
    • Inspect for stains, tears
    • Ensure opens/closes, extends outwards
    • Check vanity mirror lights
  • Dashboard
    • Inspect for defects, alignment, gaps
  • Center Console
    • Test connectivity of wireless phone chargers
    • Test connectivity of USB-C port inside center console 
    • Test 12-volt in front center console
    • Check lights
  • Display Screen
    • Any error messages?
    • Inspect screen for scratches, cracks
      • Car icon -> Display -> “Screen Clean Mode,” which turns the screen black, making it easier to inspect for defects
    • Test for screen responsiveness
      • Toy box -> Sketchpad -> Use your finger to ensure screen is responsive and ensure that there is no phantom touches
  • Glove Box
    • Open glove box (Car icon on bottom left -> Controls -> Glove box)
    • Test USB-A port 
    • Ensure USB stick is provided (for sentry mode & dashcam footage)
    •  Check glovebox light
    • Check for J1772 adapter (may be located elsewhere)
  • Climate
    • On Tesla screen, touch the temperature to get to climate
    • Turn on heater and AC to max 
    • Test that airflow height is adjustable (move finger up/down)
    • Test rear seats airflow 
    • Test all seat climate (heat and cool)
    • Test heated steering wheel
  • Speakers
    • Check that music streaming & radio work
    • Check inside speakers (go to Music)
      • Max out the Bass & Sub to ensure no sound cracking / distortion
      • Move balance to all 4 corners to check each one
    • Check outside speakers
      • Go to Toybox -> Emissions
      • Put fart mode outside the car to test the speaker
  • Cameras
    • Ensure both side and rear cameras work and visibility is clear (tap camera icon)
  • Steering Wheel
    • Inspect (any defects)
    • Adjust steering wheel in all directions (car icon -> Controls)
    • Honk horn
    • Check steering wheel control lights 
    • Test voice command button
    • Test turn signal buttons
    • Test windshield wipers button
    • Test windshield wiper fluid (press button down harder)
  • Gear Stalks
    • Test turn signals 
    • Test windshield wipers (gray button on Left gear stalk)
    • Test wiper fluid (gray button on left gear stalk, press harder)
  • Headliner
    • Inspect for stains, smudges, marks
    • Inspect for alignment, loosening, sagging
    • Check gear P/R/N/D button lighting (top center, activate by placing key card on driver side wireless charger & press foot on brake)
  • Front Seats
    • Interior seat upholstery & seatbelts (stains, tears)
    • Test seat belt function
    • Move seat in all directions (any squeaking?)
    • Test lumbar support (driver seat only)
    • Check lights
      • Driver seat: dome, footwell, door pocket, puddle lights
      • Passenger seat: dome, footwell, door pocket, puddle lights
    • Ensure floor mats are present
  •  Ambient Lighting 
    • Turn on Ambient Lighting (car icon > controls > accent lighting)
    • Ensure all lighting functions (from rear seats, front seats dashboard) 
    • Ensure lighting is aligned from front side door to dashboard 

INTERIOR - REAR

  • Rear Seats
    • Interior seat upholstery & seatbelts (stains, tears)
    • Rear seats aligned? 
    • Check seat belt function
    • Fold rear seats down manually (pull lever down)
    • Check lights (center roof pillars)
    • Check coat hanger open/close
    • Ensure floor mats present
  • Rear Seat Screen
    • Test climate controls
    • Test heated seats (center seat does not heat)
    • Test 2 USB-C connectivity
    • Test button on screen to move front passenger seat forwards and backwards
    • Move finger around screen to ensure screen is responsive and no phantom touch

DRIVING

  • Listen for Unusual Noise 
    • Any creaks or rattles? 
    • Any excessive wind noise? 
    • Any excessive vibration or shaking of steering wheel?
  • Check wheel alignment on a straight road
  • Check blind spot indicator on A pillar near speaker grill (red dot should turn on and blink when a car is in your blind spot)

CONNECTIVITY

  • Keycards (2) 
    • Test each keycard to ensure it works
      • Place over driver side B pillar to lock/unlock the Tesla
      • Place over wireless phone charger pad to drive
  • Pair your smartphone to your Tesla via Bluetooth
    • On Tesla screen, tap the Bluetooth Icon

CHARGING

  • Charge port
    • Ensure charge port opens/closes properly and is aligned properly
    • Ensure charger plugs in and removes easily
    • Ensure indicator light turns on
      • White  = Ready to charge

      • Blue solid =  Scheduled to charge

      • Blue blinking = Preparing to charge (takes a few seconds, be patient)

      • Green blinking = Charging ongoing

      • Green solid = Charge complete 

      • Orange = Not plugged in correctly, re-align 

      • Red = Error 

      • RAINBOW = Easter egg,  pressing the button 10x 

  • Test Various Connectors 
    • J1772 (most common non-Tesla charger)
    • NEMA 14-50
    • CCS adapter (for faster charging at places like Electrify America, EV Go)
    • Tesla Supercharger 
    • Tesla home charger

POST-INSPECTION

  • Verify that your car was marked as “delivered” in Tesla’s network
  • Keep copies of all documentation (ex Motor vehicle purchase agreement, DMV forms)
  • Submit a service request via Tesla phone app for fix/finish issues (check with your service advisor when this must be done by)
  • ENJOY YOUR CAR!!!

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