Tesla Model 3 New Buyer Checklist
πŸŽ‰ Congrats on your new purchase! You're going to love your new Tesla!

As a new Tesla owner, I found I had to keep track of a handful of tasks to complete to make the most of my new purchase. Use this checklist to keep track of everything you need to do or buy to get the most out of your new car! This includes rebates to fill out, apps to install, and accessories to purchase. The doc also has tips on getting the most out of your battery life, how to access the fun Easter Eggs that come with your Tesla, and how to keep your Tesla looking like new!

🐻 I live in California, so some items in this checklist are specific to California residents, but you'll likely have a similar option with your state or local utility provider.

βœ… What
The Checklist
Contains

: Items you should take care of to get the most value out of your purchase (ex. rebates)
:
Things you can consider purchasing as a new Model 3 owner, such as a
@Wall Connector (charger)
Remember to click the star in any row to mark it as a favorite! This way you know which tasks and items you are prioritizing.

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πŸ’‘Other
Helpful Content

- the makers at Tesla have an amazing sense of humor.
- tips to ensure longevity and maximum range with your battery.
-
how to prevent your car from losing range while it is idling
- my recommendations on keeping your Tesla looking like new, inside and out!


Full Checklist

Type
Star
Done
Priority
Task
Image
Link
Notes
To Do
10
High
Make a note to fill out federal rebates during tax season.
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Open Link
Get your tax credit before it's phased out!
High
File agreement for State rebates
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Open Link
This link is for California.
High
Sign up for utility company rebate
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Open Link
This link is for PG&E's $800 rebate, but check your utility company to see if they offer a rebate, too.
High
Switch your utility rate to an electric vehicle plan
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Open Link
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High
Apply for HOV Lane Stickers
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Open Link
This link is for California.
High
Find electrician to install a wall charger
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Open Link
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Medium
Sign up for TeslaFi
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Open Link
A great website to learn about performance and data of your Tesla without causing phantom drain.
Medium
Sign up for ChargePoint
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Open Link
A popular public charging network. Your phone can serve as your key fob to activate the chargers.
Medium
Sign up for PlugShare
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Open Link
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Medium
Try
A Better Route Planner
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Open Link
A great route planner
for planning trips and charging with your Tesla.
To Buy
16
High
High Speed USB Drive
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Open Link
Use the USB stick to record automatically record dash cam footage while driving and footage when in Sentry mode. You'll need to format the drive. Read
for instructions.
High
Screen protector
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Open Link
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High
Wall Connector (charger)
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Open Link
Wall chargers come in two colors (black/silver) and two cord lengths (8 ft/25 ft). Make sure to order the 25 ft length unless your charger will be located very close to your Tesla's charge port when parked.
High
All Weather Floor Mats
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Open Link
I think these are the nicest available on Amazon. They fit really well, look great, and make it very easy to keep the car clean. There are cheaper alternatives available on Amazon.
High
All Weather Trunk/Frunk Mats
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Open Link
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High
Cup and Center Console Liner
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Open Link
​
High
Nomad Wireless Phone Charger
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Open Link
This is a really slick charger to support charging two phones wirelessly. Also includes the USB splitter cables so you can still use a hard drive or other USB accessories.
High
Center Console Wrap
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Open Link
The center console scratches incredibly easily. You can install a wrap to protect it, or some people just solve this by leaving the console open all the time.
Medium
Emergency Kit
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Open Link
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Medium
FastTrak Flex Toll
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Open Link
Makes driving in express lanes and toll lanes easy in California. Available to purchase at retailers like Costco.
Medium
Tire Kit for Flat Tires
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Open Link
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Medium
Rim touch up pen
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Open Link
If you accidentally curb your tires and scratch your rim, this touch up paint can help you make it hard to notice.
Medium
Door metal logo protector
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Open Link
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Medium
HomeLink Upgrade
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Open Link
Set up Tesla HomeLink to enable opening of garage doors.
Low
Cup holder inserts
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Open Link
Helpful accessory that makes it easier to keep most cups/bottles stable in the cupholder.
Low
Dragy
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Open Link
If you want a fun way to measure your car's performance, this accessory might be great for you!
Car Washing
7
High
Mr. Pink Car Wash Soap
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Open Link
The best car wash soap I've used.
High
Car Wash Foam Gun
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Open Link
Makes it really easy to wash your Tesla without scratching the paint.
High
Interior cleaner
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Open Link
Can use this on most interior components, except the screen. I bought the gallon size and fill up my own spray bottle.
High
Car wash mitt
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Open Link
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High
Car wash dual bucket
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Open Link
Fill both halves with soap. After wiping your car, rinse off the dirty mitt in one side and then dip in the clean side.
High
Microfiber Towels
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Open Link
Useful for interior cleaning.
High
Car Drying Towel
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Open Link
Makes it really quick to dry off your car.
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