If you ordered a Tesla Model 3 today, you may have to wait until September to take delivery. The wait times for the Model 3 in Australia have sky rocketed to almost 7 months. It was only a few months ago that the wait time was around 1 to 3 weeks!
Tesla Australia has not provided any formal response or reason as to why the wait times have increased, however we can only assume it is a combination of increased demands in other markets, reduced production capacity with the roll out of the Model Y and likely supply chain issues.
Last year we were expecting the Model Y to be launched around November, however with no sight of a Model Y launch in the immediate future, we can only hope that this is scheduled to occur in late 2022. But even with a late 2022 launch, expect to wait a while to take delivery. Take UK as an example. The Model Y was launched in October 2021, however first deliveries are only occurring now in February 2022.
To add fuel to the fire, the Model X, Model S, Cybertruck, and Roadster have all been placed on indefinite hold in Australia.
The flow on effect to this is two fold - less consumers willing to order Tesla's and increased prices for used Tesla's. If you are one of the lucky ones who owns a Tesla, now might be the perfect time to sell it. At the time of writing this article, the cheapest second hand Tesla on carsales.com.au was a 2019 Model 3 with 55,000 KM's with a sale price of $59,999 + government charges.
Despite the wait times and limited commitment from Tesla around when its other models will be available again in Australia, loyal Tesla fans continue to place orders for their Model 3's and settle in for the wait.