These are the Tesla wait times for every model

Tesla Model 3 parked in charging station
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Scenes from earlier in the year did not bode well for buying a Tesla. Wait times for a new model seemed to be pretty extreme, especially if you were hoping to get a Tesla Model X. Demand for the cars has been growing, and the company has previously had problems keeping up — which was worsened by issues with inflation and in the supply chain.

Fortunately things have leveled out pretty nicely. The Model X no longer comes with wait times of over a year, and the Long Range Model Y wasn't much better. So you don't necessarily need to commit to a lengthy wait before your new car is delivered. Still the length of your wait all depends on which Tesla you’re buying, and in the past it was all about what premium add-ons you’re ordering it with. 

Here's everything you need to know about Tesla wait times, including how long you have to wait and what you can do to try to shorten the wait time.

Tesla wait times: How long you'll wait for each model

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Shortest waitLongest waitCheapest price & shortest waitStarting price
Tesla Model SJan 24 - Feb 24Jan 24 - Feb 24$74,990$74,990
Tesla Model S PlaidJan 24 - Feb 24Jan 24 - Feb 24$89,990$89,990
Tesla Model XFeb 24 - Mar 24Feb 24 - Mar 24$79,990$79,990
Tesla Model X PlaidFeb 24 - Mar 24Feb 24 - Mar 24$94,990$94,990
Tesla Model 3Feb 24 - Mar 24Feb 24 - Mar 24$38,990$38,990
Tesla Model 3 Long RangeFeb 24 - Mar 24Feb 24 - Mar 24$45,990$45,990
Tesla Model 3 PerformanceN/AN/A$50,990$50,990
Tesla Model YJan 24 - Feb 24Jan 24 - Feb 24$43,990$43,990
Tesla Model Y Long RangeJan 24 - Feb 24Jan 24 - Feb 24$48,990$48,990
Tesla Model Y PerformanceJan 24 - Feb 24Jan 24 - Feb 24$52,490$52,490

Tesla wait time: Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

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The standard Tesla Model S (from $74,990) currently promises a delivery estimate promising January to February 2024 in its cheapest configuration. That's as good as you're going to get right now, and no amount of optional extras will give you a better delivery estimate.

The $6,000 Enhanced Autopilot and $12,000 Full Self Driving Autopilot option don’t visibly improve delivery estimates either, and neither will adding a bunch of extra add-ons.

The more expensive Tesla Model S Plaid (from $89,990) currently has the same delivery estimate, and this is as good as you'll get — optional extras or not.

Tesla wait time: Tesla Model X

tesla model x plaid

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The standard Tesla Model X (from $79,990) used to have the worst wait time of any Tesla car, but a lot has changed over the year. These days the standard Model X has an estimated delivery window of February to March 2024.

That's the best delivery estimate you can get right now, so buying a bunch of premium extras should only be done if you want them. They include one of four premium paint jobs ($1,500 - $2,500), 22-inch wheels ($5,500), the black & white or cream interior ($2,000) the six-seat layout ($6,500) or seven seat layout ($3,500).

Adding the Full Self Driving or Enhanced Autopilot doesn’t do anything to improve wait times, nor does combining multiple add-ons for the sake of it.

Meanwhile the performance-centric Tesla Model X Plaid (from $94,990) has the same February to March delivery estimate. Adding extra features doesn't bump up your estimate in any way.

Tesla wait time: Tesla Model 3

tesla model 3 at a supercharger

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The Tesla Model 3 is the least expensive car in Tesla's current line-up, and the one that has some of the least depressing delivery estimates. If you want the cheapest possible Tesla Model 3 (from $38,990), you’ll get a February to March 2024 delivery estimate.

Previously you could improve your wait time by paying for extra stuff, but that's no longer the case. Combining add-ons, or choosing one of the premium Autopilot packages ($6,000 and $15,000 a piece) doesn't affect the delivery estimate in any noticeable way either.

The Tesla Model 3 Long Range (from $45,990) is now back on sale, and if you had your heart set on the longest-travelling Model 3 you should be able to receive one between February to March 2024 of this year. 

The Tesla Model 3 Performance model (normally $50,990) is currently missing from the sales page, meaning you won't be able to purchase one until further notice. 

Tesla wait time: Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y parked outside

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Tesla recently launched a standard range Model Y in the United States, offering 270 miles of range and a price tag starting at $43,990. This model currently has a January to February 2024 delivery estimate. Meanwhile the Long Range Model Y (from $48,990) has the same estimated delivery of January to February.

Previously it was to reduce this wait with premium add-ons, but at the time of writing none of these extras make any difference, so you should only pay for them if you want them. The same is true for the $6,000 Enhanced Autopilot add-on and the $12,000 Full Self Driving.

The Performance Model Y (from $52,490) is expected to arrive in January to February 2024 if you order right now. This is also as good as you’re going to get, however since the premium extras have no visible impact on delivery estimates. 

Tesla wait times: Should you buy used instead?

The obvious disadvantage to buying a used electric car is that it’s, well, used. But the biggest upside is that a used Tesla will be available an awful lot sooner than it will if you bought it new — especially if you’re going after something like a Model X. 

Tesla has even claimed that its batteries retain 90% of their original capacity after putting 200,000 miles on the clock. That means the used Tesla you’ve been eyeing has a reasonable chance of being in pretty good shape.

The downside is that the used car market is a mess right now, and has been for the past couple of years. Demand for Teslas is also particularly high, seeing as how you can theoretically pick one up without a months-long wait. 

In some cases those cars actually cost more than they were originally bought for, though you may be able to save some money compared to an equivalent new model. Though you do lose out on whatever advances and tweaks Tesla has made in the years since that particular car was new.

In other words you have to really want to buy a Tesla right now to go down this route.

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Tom Pritchard
UK Phones Editor

Tom is the Tom's Guide's UK Phones Editor, tackling the latest smartphone news and vocally expressing his opinions about upcoming features or changes. It's long way from his days as editor of Gizmodo UK, when pretty much everything was on the table. He’s usually found trying to squeeze another giant Lego set onto the shelf, draining very large cups of coffee, or complaining about how terrible his Smart TV is.

  • 78TurboDriver
    This is NOT the low down on how long it takes to get a particular tesla model, it is a regurgitation of information found on the Tesla ordering page. Jan 2023- Feb 2023 in the case of the Model 3 is a calendar period, not a time estimate of delivery.