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These are the Tesla wait times for every model

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It’s pretty hard to get hold of a Tesla right now. Demand for Elon Musk’s electric cars has been growing over the past few years, while supply chain and production issues have prevented the automaker from keeping up with such strong demand. The volatility of rising gas prices won’t have helped matters either.

All of these factors mean ordering a Tesla means committing to a lengthy wait before your new car is delivered. But how long you have to wait all depends on which Tesla you’re buying, and what sort of premium add-ons you’re ordering it with. 

The good news is that wait times have improved a lot over the past few weeks, so you won't be waiting quite as long as before. However some models, like the standard Tesla Model X, still have a waiting periods of several months before you can expect to get your car.

Meanwhile sales for the Long Range Tesla Model 3 have been suspended, and won't start up again until next year. So you have to wait several months on top of whatever delivery waits are involved once you actually get your order in.

It’s still a long wait, but it’s a little more tolerable. And it's nowhere near as long as the three-year waitlist for a Tesla Cybertruck, which hasn't even started production yet.

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

Shortest waitLongest waitCheapest price & shortest waitStarting price
Tesla Model SOct 22 - Jan 22Feb 23 - Mar 23$106,490$104,990
Tesla Model S PlaidAug 22 - Sep 22Aug 22 - Sep 22$135,990$135,990
Tesla Model XJul 23 - Oct 23Mar 23 - Jun 23$122,490$120,990
Tesla Model X PlaidSep 22 - Oct 22Sep 22 - Oct 22$138,990$138,990
Tesla Model 3Oct 22 - Dec 22Oct 22 - Dec 22$46,990$46,990
Tesla Model 3 Long RangeTBA 2023TBA 2023N/AN/A
Tesla Model 3 PerformanceOct 22 - Nov 22Oct 22 - Nov 22$62,990$62,990
Tesla Model Y Long RangeDec 22 - Apr 23Dec 22 - Apr 23$65,990$65,990
Tesla Model Y PerformanceSep 22 - Oct 22Sep 22 - Oct 22$69,990$69,990

Tesla wait time: Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

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The standard Tesla Model S (from $104,990) currently promises a delivery estimate sometime between October 2022 and January 2023 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 $15,000 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 $135,990) currently has a delivery estimate between September and October this year — which is right around now. That means it has the shortest wait time of any Tesla car, and this estimate 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 $120,990) currently has the worst wait time of any Tesla car, with the cheapest model forcing you to wait for a delivery date sometime between July and October 2023. Thankfully it too can be brought forward, if you pay a little extra.

The best delivery estimate you can get right now is March and June 2023, provided you buy one of the following add-ons: 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 $138,990) will arrive sometime between September and October 2022 Meaning it has one of the shortest wait times of any Tesla — though it is, admittedly, the most expensive. Adding extra features doesn't bump up your estimate in anyway.

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 $46,990), you’ll have to wait until sometime between October and December 2022.

The wait times have improved a lot since this time last month, and this is as good as you're going to get right now. 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 (normally at $57,990) has currently been pulled from sale, and doesn't appear to be coming back until 2023. So if you had your heart set on the longest-traveling Model 3 you're going to have to wait at least four months before you can ever order — let alone wait for delivery.

The Tesla Model 3 Performance model (from $62,990) has the shortest wait of the Model 3 range, coming sometime between October and November. It doesn’t matter what extra add-ons you pay for, that’s the best estimate you’re going to get with this particular model.

Tesla wait time: Tesla Model Y

tesla model y: outlook

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If you want the cheapest possible Tesla Model Y, you’ll have to spring for the Long Range Model (from $65,990) and wait until sometime between December 2022 and April 2023 — a stark improvement over previous months

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 $15,000 Full Self Driving.

The Performance Model Y (from $69,990) is expected to arrive between September and October this year. This is also as good as you’re going to get, however since the premium extras have no visible impact on delivery estimates. 

There have been reports that some people with Model Y reservations have been given the option to skip the line. However this offer is restricted to people near Giga Texas in Austin, and requires them to buy the still-unannounced standard range AWD Model Y from existing inventory.

Tesla wait times: Should you buy used instead?

The obvious disadvantage to buying a used 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.

Next: Also check out why it is the worst time to buy a Tesla right now.

Tom Pritchard
Automotive Editor

Tom is the Tom's Guide's Automotive Editor, which means he can usually be found knee deep in stats the latest and best electric cars, or checking out some sort of driving gadget. 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 that Ikea won’t let him buy the stuff he really needs online.