Congratulations on your new Tesla Model X! Today I’ll go over what to check in your Tesla Model X to ensure you cover everything that needs to be fixed, before it’s too late!  Historically, Tesla gives 100 miles, or 24 hours, to submit a service request for Tesla to fix any “Fix & Finish” issues, however with Tesla things are always changing, so be sure to double check with your Tesla advisor.  

I created a Youtube video on the Model X Tesla Delivery, that can be viewed here

I also created a PDF “Tesla Model X Delivery Checklist” with extra pictures. It can be purchased on my website or on Etsy. It helps support this blog!

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tesla model x 2023 delivery list

*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 (which I recommend if possible), instead of home delivery, be sure to bring these items:

  • Payment (Cashier’s check or Banking information via PLAID)
  • Proof of insurance (upload via 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 documents 
  • Ensure correct address on documents 
  • 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

Exterior

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 frunk still open/close normally?) 
    • Headlights (are they equally 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) 
    • Adjust headlights to factory settings to test headlights
  • Front trunk (aka Frunk)
    • Open front trunk (via Tesla display screen)
      • Check for tow eye hook
      • Check that LED Light Child Safety Function (test button)
      • 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
    • Inspect exterior trim near windshield, ensure it’s in place and not loose
  • Front camera 
    • Any condensation or oil?
    • Is camera properly seated? Any cracks?

Exterior- Sides

  • Paint (use light; any scratches?) 
    • Door panels & underneath
  • Panels (any gaps or misalignment, use finger)
    • 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  (any curb damage?) 
      • 22in wheels come with small plastic wheel inserts (ensure you receive them as they are not attached from factory)
      • Check for all 4 valve stem covers
    • Plastic fender (above tires)
  • Roof glass panel
    • Inspect for alignment, cracks, distortion
    • Inspect where roof meets windshield, falcon wing doors, & trunk

Exterior - Rear

  • Paint
    • Trunk
    • Rear bumper & underneath (any scrapes or damage?)
    • Roof
  • Panel (gaps, misalignments)
    • Glass roof
    • Rear lights flush with hood & panels
    • Between hatch, bumper, & tail lights 
  • 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 (1)
    • Any condensation?
  • Rear bumper
    • Any scrapes, dents?
  • Spoiler (Performance Model only)
    • Ensure spoiler is attached firmly 

Interior

Interior - Door & Seats

  • Front Doors
    • Press door handle
      • Door should open automatically (without needing to pry finger open)
    • Press brake, driver should should auto-close
    • Open & Close doors 
      • Doors open/close easily?Any irregular sounds? 
      • Ensure door opens via both display screen & physical button on door 
    • Test door sensors (when door opens, it should automatically stop opening if there’s an object)
    • Door jams near hinges (scratches or paint issues?)
    • Door seal around the 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
  • Falcon Wing Doors
    • Inspect thoroughly as there are many moving parts
    • Open & close Falcon doors (4 ways) many times ensure no issues 
      • Outside door handle
      • Tesla display screen 
      • Inside button located near front seat’s seatbelt
      • Red button located on falcon wing door 
    • Test door sensor
      • Ensure falcon door stops opening if anyone or anything is nearby
    • Manually stop Falcon wing door at different heights 
    • Door seal around entire sure (detaching, rips, tears)
    • Check that glass on roof doesn’t raise or lower when opening/closing doors
    • Check for loose wiring
    • Check skylight window for sagging
    • Inspect entire door for dents/damages 
    • Ensure model X logo is displayed in Falcon wing door when doors open near skylight
  • Front Seats
    • Interior seat upholstery & seatbelts (stains, tears)
    • Test seat belt function
    • Move seat in all directions (any squeaking?)
    • Test lumbar support (driver & front passenger)
    • Check lights 
      • Driver seat: dome, footwell, door pocket, puddle lights
      • Passenger seat: dome, footwell, door pocket, puddle lights
    • Ensure floor mats are present
  • Rear Seats
    • Interior seat upholstery & seat belts (stains, tears)
    • Sit in all seats, ensure there’s no tears
    • Rear seats aligned? 
    • Check seat belt function
    • 2nd row seats
      • Ensure 2nd row seats (captain chairs) move forwards/back (6 seater)
      • Ensure 2nd row seats fold flat fully & recline backwards slightly using lever (5 & 7 seater)
    • Check for anchor covers (any missing?) 
    • 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
    • Center Console Drive Modes (P,N,D,R) should light up (press brake, tap buttons)
    • Test connectivity of wireless phone chargers
    • Test connectivity of USB-C ports
      • Inside front center console (2)
    • Check lights
  • Display Screen
    • Ensure swivel screen adjusts and moves side-to-side 
    • 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
    • Test GPS, ensure it knows your location 
  • Suspension
    • Test highest to lowest suspension and ensure it works without any squeaks or rattles
  • 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/side-to-side) on touch screen 
    • Test rear seats airflow 
    • Test all seat heat & cool function (front & rear)
    • 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)
    • Test turn signals 
    • Test windshield wipers
    • Test wiper fluid (press windshield wiper button harder)
  • Headliner 
    • Inspect for stains, smudges, marks
    • Inspect for alignment, loosening, sagging

Interior - Trunk

  • Open/close trunk (any irregular noise, vibration, imbalance?)
    • Ensure trunk opens/closes and latches properly with auto-close button
    • Open & close trunk via Tesla screen
  • Inspect hinges 
  • Inspect weather seals
  • Check lights on each side
  • Inspect rear trunk wells
  • Check for tesla front license plate mount
  • Test 12-Volt DC receptacle (right side)

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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