Congratulations on your new Tesla Model Y! In this post, I’ll go over what to check in your Tesla Model Y to ensure you cover everything that needs to be fixed, before it’s too late.  Typically, Tesla gives you 100 miles, or 24 hours, to submit a service request for Tesla to fix any “Fix & Finish” issues (however, this is subject to change and variable, so check with your service advisor). 

I have a Youtube Video on Tesla Delivery for my Model Y, that you can check out as well. 

If you haven’t ordered your Tesla yet, use my referral link for FREE Tesla credits, that can be used for supercharging miles etc. 

tesla delivery checklist

I also created a PDF “Tesla Model Y Delivery Checklist” with extra pictures that is a check-able, fillable, 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 on my website here or on Etsy. It helps support this blog! 

Alternatively, you can print out this page for free!

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

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 (upload onto Tesla phone app)
  • 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 is what you configured 
    • You can also view this information by going to the Tesla screen -> Car icon on bottom left -> Software

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 
      • Fog lights
      • 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?
  • Roof glass panel
    • Inspect for alignment, cracks, distortion

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
    • 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
    • Plastic fender (above tires)

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?
  • Camera
    • Any condensation?
  • Rear bumper
    • Any scrapes, dents?
  • Spoiler (Performance Model only)
    • Ensure spoiler is attached firmly 

Interior

Interior - Doors & Seats

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    • Check door latch & window button lights
    • Check for red tab, emergency door release (new for 2023 vehicles)
  • Rear Seats
    • Interior seat upholstery & seatbelts (stains, tears)
    • Rear seats aligned? 
    • Check seat belt function
    • Recline rear seats slightly (button on upper right/left of seat)
    • Fold rear seats down manually (pull lever down)
    • Check lights
    • Check coat hanger open/close
    • Ensure floor mats present

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 
  • 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 ports
      • Inside center console (2)
      • Rear of center console (2)
    • Check lights
  • Display Screen
    • Any error messages?
    • Inspect screen for stratches, 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 biodefense mode 
    • Test that airflow height is adjustable (move finger up/down)
    • Test rear seats airflow 
    • Test all seat warmers
    • 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 (hold down Right scroll wheel)
  • 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

Interior - Trunk

  • Open/close trunk (any irregular noise?)
    • Ensure trunk opens/closes and latches properly with auto-close button
    • Ensure trunk opens/closes partially if you press the trunk button or push trunk down during open/close
  • Inspect hinges 
  • Inspect weather seals
  • Fold down rear seats electronically (button located on Left side)
  • Check lights on each side
  • Inspect rear trunk wells
  • Check for tesla front license plate mount
  • Test 12-Volt DC receptable (left side)
  • Check for Trunk Parcel shelf (new for 2023 vehicles)

Connectivity

  • Keycards (2) 
    • Test each keycard to ensure it works
      • Place over driver side B pillar to lock/unlock the Tesla
      • Place over center console 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 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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