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>> The race to be one of the first to get keys to Tesla's more affordable Model 3 electric car so intense it's sparking an after sale market just for delivery times. And, it's coming with a huge markup, this ad seen on Craigslist Monday, offering a chance to skip the virtual line in the Silicon Valley area for up to $7,000, for a car that's to be delivered anytime between this month up until December.
That's seven times the $1,000 early buyers were required to put down as a deposit in exchange for a delivery reservation, and it's not even certain Tesla will be able to stick to promised delivery times. Tesla CEO Elon Musk repeating as recent as this month the Model 3 is quote deep in production hell.
And figures show the company's falling far behind production plans. Only 260 Model 3's rolled off the line in the third quarter. That's not even one third of the 1500 Tesla predicted would be finished. That's not being lost on enterprising future Model 3 owners who think the production delays will prompt desperate buyers to pay up for bragging rights as the first in the neighborhood with it in the driveway.
The Model 3 with a range of 300 miles between charges, is Tesla’s most affordable all electric car to date. The base price? $44,000, with a price tag that's already at a premium to gas powered models in its class. Some prospective owners may say, what’s another few thousand dollars to jump the line?