🎉 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.
: 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 Y 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.
Tesla Model Y
Run through this Tesla Model Y
to make sure your Tesla is clear from issues upon delivery.
- 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!
You probably already ordered your Tesla, but if you haven’t, here’s
Make a note to fill out federal rebates during tax season.
Get your tax credit before it's phased out!
File agreement for State rebates
This link is for California.
Sign up for utility company rebate
This link is for PG&E's $800 rebate, but check your utility company to see if they offer a rebate, too.
Switch your utility rate to an electric vehicle plan
Apply for HOV Lane Stickers
This link is for California.
Find electrician to install a wall charger
Sign up for TeslaFi
A great website to learn about performance and data of your Tesla without causing phantom drain.
Sign up for ChargePoint
A popular public charging network. Your phone can serve as your key fob to activate the chargers.
A Better Route Planner
A great route planner
for planning trips and charging with your Tesla.
High Speed USB Drive
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
Wall Connector (charger)
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.
All Weather Floor Mats
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.
All Weather Trunk/Frunk Mats
Cup and Center Console Liner
Nomad Wireless Phone Charger
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.
Center Console Wrap
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.
FastTrak Flex Toll
Makes driving in express lanes and toll lanes easy in California. Available to purchase at retailers like Costco.
Rim touch up pen
If you accidentally curb your tires and scratch your rim, this touch up paint can help you make it hard to notice.
Set up Tesla HomeLink to enable opening of garage doors.
Cup holder inserts
Helpful accessory that makes it easier to keep most cups/bottles stable in the cupholder.
If you want a fun way to measure your car's performance, this accessory might be great for you!
Mr. Pink Car Wash Soap
The best car wash soap I've used.
Car Wash Foam Gun
Makes it really easy to wash your Tesla without scratching the paint.
Can use this on most interior components, except the screen. I bought the gallon size and fill up my own spray bottle.
Car wash dual bucket
Fill both halves with soap. After wiping your car, rinse off the dirty mitt in one side and then dip in the clean side.
Useful for interior cleaning.
Car Drying Towel
Makes it really quick to dry off your car.
Tesla Model Y Checklist FAQs
What should be on my Tesla Model Y pickup checklist?
When your Tesla Model Y arrives, make sure to check for:
Scratches, smudges, trim stains, and dents
Headlight and tail light fit
Defects inside the trunk and frunk
Charging port in front of the driver seat and wireless charging on both sides
Interior lights, puddle lights, and brake lights
How long does it take to get a model Y?
Delivery times depend on a specific model, and Tesla Model Y takes on average 5 to 7 weeks. However, multiple factors affect delivery time, which is why it is best to always ask about a delivery day when you order your preferred model.
What is the difference between Tesla Model Y and Model X?
Some of the key differences between Tesla Model Y and Model X include:
Tesla Model Y is cheaper than Model X
Tesla Model X delivers up to 335 miles, while Model Y offers around 303 miles
Model Y features a USB-C charge port in the glovebox
Model X has more storage space in the trunk
Model X features a 17-inch touchscreen, while Model Y comes with a 15-inch center console
Model X features a second touchscreen in the back seat
Model X comes with heated seats, steering wheel, and wiper blade defrosters
Both models come with a glass roof
Should I get the Tesla Model Y or Tesla Model 3?
To decide whether Tesla Model Y or Model 3 is a better fit for you, consider the following differences:
Tesla Model 3 is a sedan, and Model Y is a hatchback SUV
Tesla Model 3 has a smaller trunk (15 cubic feet vs. Model Ys 36 cubic feet)
Tesla Model Y allows you to set up the third row behind the back seats & fit seven people in the car
Tesla Model 3 features a 72kWh battery, while Model 3 comes with a 52kWh battery. Note that Tesla Model 3 Long Range features an 82kWh battery
You can use a supercharger with Tesla Model 3 and can gain 175 supercharger miles in 15 minutes, compared to only 162 miles for the same time on Tesla Model Y
Both models come with a basic autopilot, autonomous steering, blind-spot detector and signal lights, lane assist & other features included in the standard Tesla suite.