The fully refundable deposit starts at $5,000.
If you really want to reserve a Roadster, there’s an extra $45,000 due within 10 days.
Tesla has once more opened reservations for their lauded Roadster. Little about Tesla’s supercar has changed since its initial reveal on November 16th, 2017.
The reservation process is fairly standard. From Tesla’s website, you navigate to a page that asks for your personal information along with a credit card number. The amount that will be taken from the credit card is $5,000. This amount is greater than most typical reservations however we’re looking at a car that may retail for $200,000 or more.
The catch to this reservation is that another $45,000 needs to be handed over to Tesla in order to make it stick. From Tesla’s website: “Roadster reservations require an initial $5,000 credit card payment, plus a $45,000 wire transfer payment due in 10 days. Reservations are not final until the wire transfer payment is received.”
Importantly, Tesla informs all who may be interested that, despite the large $50,000 deposit, they can’t say when the car will be delivered. Section 4 of the “Roadster Reservation Agreement” states the following: “You understand that Roadster is still under development at the time you entered into this Agreement and so we cannot guarantee when your vehicle will actually be delivered.”
Admittedly, this deposit is far less onerous than the initial deal following the reveal which required payment in full. That’s right, the full $245,000 was the “deposit” in late 2017.
We look forward to keeping track of the Tesla Roadster’s progress. We’ve been at it for three and a half years already. Hopefully, it’ll get here before another three and a half years go by again.