Full Model S delivery checklist

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  • My Tesla login details known
  • Delivery Configuration printed from your My Tesla account (https://www.tesla.com/teslaaccount)
  • Any finance paperwork requested by Tesla packed
  • Insurance documents packed
  • Documents needed for trade-in packed
  • Flashlight packed
  • Smartphone and USB charging cable packed (for this checklist, to test Bluetooth connection, and to take photos)
  • 12v power connector and device (e.g. sat nav unit, to test the 12v connection) packed
  • Charging network cards or tags packed
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  • Received two key fobs
  • Understood where second set of wheels are (for summer or winter tires)
  • Been given an adequate introduction and general walk-around. The Delivery Specialist has informed me about:
    • Key fob controls
    • Driving controls
    • Charging and charge port, including the various colors on the charge port
    • Autopilot controls
    • Steering wheel controls
    • Touch screen displays
    • Secondary vehicle controls and settings
    • Driver profiles and seat setup
    • Customisation of information displays
    • Windshield wiper control
    • Heating and A/C control
  • Asked if latest firmware is installed
  • Agreed where and how to record found problems


  • Seat material and color is as ordered
  • Headliner is the correct color
  • Trim is according to your order

Displays and information

  • Display screen protector has been removed and screen is unscratched
  • Main displays is free of significant dead pixels
  • Odometer shows less than 30 mi/50 km
  • Displays show the correct vehicle color and options. (These can be update remotely).
  • Battery size is correct
  • Battery charge level is adequate for journey home. (Speak to Delivery Specialist if needed).
  • Back-up camera works


  • Turn signals work
  • All lights work. (Someone can assist you).
  • All speakers, including the subwoofer, work. (Use the fade control on the touch screen).
  • Window motors work
  • Pano roof control works
  • Seat adjustment works


  • Bluetooth pairing works fine
  • Front USB phone connection works by playing some music from the phone

Use a strong flashlight to check relevant items if needed. Consider taking photos or videos to record any issues.


Body panels and structure

  • Paint color is correct
  • Body panels are unscratched, not dented, and have no residue remaining from protective covering
  • Car underside and jack points free of scrapes and damage
  • Fenders aligned properly without significant panel gaps
  • Hood has no significant panel gaps
  • Charge port is flush with tail light



  • Wheels are the right size and design
  • Wheels and tire walls have no scrapes
  • Brake callipers are correct color
  • Valve stem covers are present


Doors and windows

  • Doors, frunk and trunk open and close fully
  • Doors, frunk and trunk align properly without significant panel gaps
  • Windows have no distortion or cracks
  • Windows automatically lower and raise slightly when opening/closing the door



  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) matches the paperwork given to you. (It’s found in the bottom right of the windshield as you look from the front).
  • Both key fobs open and close doors
  • Front license plate bracket installed (if applicable)
  • Rear tail lights have no condensation
  • License plate(s) centered
  • Charge port door opens and closes without sticking
  • Battery size badge (100D etc.) is mounted on the car


  • Seats are free of tears, smudges, and paint stains
  • Rear seats fold down easily
  • All seatbelts plug in and release easily



  • Headliner free of dirty smudges
  • Dash doesn’t have any marks
  • Glove box contains:
    • Instruction manual
    • A5 size black paper folder with a quick guide for Tesla
    • Display cleaning cloth
  • Door trim panels are aligned
  • Center console is free of marks
  • Front and rear floor mats are installed
  • Rear USB phone connection works by playing some music from the phone

  • Emergency pack (with safety triangle, first aid items etc.) in frunk
  • Charging cables are present:
    • North America:
      • Universal Mobile Connector (UMC) cable with J1772, NEMA 5-15 110V, NEMA 14-50 240V and NEMA 6-50 adapters
    • Europe:
      • Universal Mobile Connector (UMC) cable with blue commando and domestic Schuko adapters
      • Type 2 cable
    • UK:
      • Universal Mobile Connector (UMC) cable with blue commando and domestic 3-pin adapters
      • Type 2 cable
  • Windshield washer fluid is full
  • 12v socket with a device, such as a sat nav unit

  • No unusual sounds coming from the car whilst driving
  • Front and rear wipers work
  • A/C works
  • Checked the heating works
  • Winter package works (heated seats and steering wheel)
  • No excessive wind noise due to misaligned windows

  • HomeLink for garage door(s) set up successfully
  • WiFi network connection works successfully
  • Wall connector works
  • Mobile charger works
  • No tire wear on the inside shoulders of the rear tires, after about 2000 mi/3000 km.

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This website is personally created and maintained by Andrew Lilley, a User Experience Designer and happy Model X owner.

My goal is to make it easy to find and use Tesla delivery checklists, and to help current and future owners at all other stages.

Much of the model-specific delivery checklists originate from various posts in Tesla Motors Club forums. Tesla Checklists is updated via input from my visitors, and by me monitoring the forums.

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed here via the feedback forms. Happy driving!

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