Tesla has recently made a significant change for customers that have placed an order but not yet received their new car, allowing them to change their configuration but maintain their original base price.
Until now, making any change to your configuration, like the paint colour or wheels, would update your reservation to the base price currently listed on the Design Studio.
If there had been no price changes since you placed your order, it made no difference.
However with the frequent price changes in 2021, and the two price increases this month, it could add $10,000 or more to your order.
Tesla has now changed their policy, allowing customers to update their configuration, including adding Full Self-Driving Capability, with no impact to their original base price. All of this can be done from within your account by clicking on “Edit Design.”
Unfortunately this change is only for customers in the United States, and currently only for orders placed on or after August 1, 2021.
There is some good news though if you placed an order prior to August 1. According to an internal memo obtained by Drive Tesla, the automaker is working to bring this new feature to these customers soon.
Until then, the “Edit Design” button has been removed from these accounts. No timeline was provided for when it might be added back.
It is important to remember that if you take advantage of this new policy your price will no longer change, but your delivery estimate could still be affected.
Tesla enthusiast Sawyer Merritt first reported the new policy, and Drive Tesla was able to verify it with an independent source.