Tesla does actually give away the Model Y as Referral Program prizes

When people think of Tesla’s Referral Program, the first thought for most is the prize of earning free Supercharger credits.

But there is another prize that doesn’t get as much attention as it probably should, and that’s the quarterly chance to win a Model Y, or even a Tesla Roadster.

The reason it’s probably not mentioned very often is there has been almost no news of anyone actually winning a vehicle from Tesla through the draw. So far, there has only been one report of a winner from Taiwan earlier this year who reportedly won a Model Y with just two referrals.

Now YouTuber Tesla Raj has found another winner of a Model Y, a couple from California who beat even greater odds by winning with just one referral.

The couple, Mark and Theresa purchased a Model 3 in May 2019 to replace their 2007 Hyundai Veracruz as they entered retirement, hoping to have a vehicle that required less maintenance. Soon after, friends of theirs also purchased a Model 3 with their referral link, giving them one entry into the draw to win a Model Y.

Fast forward a few months later, and they find an email in their inbox on April 24 saying they were the lucky winners. Obviously with all of the phishing scams these days, the couple was initially skeptical of the email, but after some due diligence, replied to the email asking if it was “legit”.

Much to their surprise, they soon received a phone call from Tesla, telling them they had in fact won a Model Y.

Less than two weeks later on May 7, the free Midnight Silver Metallic Performance Model Y was delivered to their driveway, with all the bells and whistles like Full-Self Driving (FSD) included.

By the end, the free car wasn’t actually free, with them having to pay about $400 to cover various fees. A small price to pay for a Model Y.

You can check out the full interview with the winners below.

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