Why Are Dozens Of Tesla Model 3, S, And X Sitting In An LA Parking Lot?

Dozens of Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles have been discovered in a parking lot in Southern California.

Reddit users, as well as a reporter from Automobile Magazine, have visited the facility to find dozens of new Model 3s collecting dust rather than being delivered to customers.

Upon scouring the facility, Automobile discovered that there were at least 26 Model 3s in there, some with Quality Assurance checklists displayed that revealed that they had failed inspections or suffered some kind of damage. Additionally, there were a number of Model S and Model X vehicles that had failed inspections, with one that had ‘Structure’ written across its windshield, perhaps in reference to an issue.

Could Tesla be using this facility to store defective vehicles? It’s hard to be sure, but it’s certainly a possibility.

On the other hand, Electrek (whose writers own Tesla stock…) assert that the cars may simply be in storage for the impending Tesla Semi reveal and could be used to provide test drives to members of the media attending the event. This seems unlikely, however, as it would be irresponsible to offer test drives of vehicles with issues significant enough to fail final inspections.

The last few months haven’t been easy for Tesla. Although the carmaker ceremoniously delivered a handful of Model 3s to employees in July, volume production of the entry-level electric sedan has yet to commence and isn’t expected to until next year.

Furthermore, Tesla has encountered quality control issues in the past, including a Model S being delivered with a split A-pillar and faulty Model X falcon doors. Furthermore, the carmaker often introduces incomplete and unproven features to its vehicles, such as Autopilot.

Update: Responding to these reports, an unnamed Tesla source told us that the cars were moved to this area temporarily as the company’s service and delivery center is being used for the Tesla semi reveal.



  • S3XY

    I’ll take a faulty one, thanks

    • Benjamin B.

      At least we now know Tesla cares about quality and refuses to sell vehicles that fail their quality tests. GM would sell defective vehicles.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Your desperate effort to spin the story didnt work. People arent fooled by your propaganda anymore. Didnt work for Hillary and wont work for Tesla either. We know that GM actually being successful and delivering/ selling the Chevy Bolt when Tesla has failed on its Model 3 has triggered you, but deal with it.

        Tesla is hiding something by placing known quality problem cars in a very odd location and way. This is not the

        • Moveon Libtards

          Do you know how many quality problems Tesla has right now, Benny? Seen the Model 3 on the streets of your neighborhood lately?

      • G82FS

        Ford sells those defects as well…

        • metric

          True, but not knowingly like GM did.

        • Benjamin B.

          Ford is actually pretty good at taking care of serious issues… minor problems – such as the infamous last generation Sync and MyFordtouch – are an exception.

      • Jay

        Just because the cars here have defects doesn’t mean they don’t sell any with defects. It probably just depends on how bad the defects are…

  • Benjamin B.

    I’m glad Tesla doesn’t sell these vehicles. GM would sell them.

    • Moveon Libtards

      You think by writing the same thing twice it makes it more believable?

      Chevy has delivered on its electric car…Tesla has not. Simple facts.

    • TheBelltower

      So would Toyota.

      • Benjamin B.

        Toyota would recall and take care of problems that arise… GM allowed cars with faulty ignitions to be sold even after the company knew about the faulty ignitions.

        • TheBelltower

          Engine Sludge, Unintended Sudden acceleration, Airbags, Frame rot…

          All defects that Toyota knew about for years, but buried because of their culture. Toyota is way worse than even GM.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Tesla is too in a hurry to revolutionize the world and is suffering the consequences.

    • Moveon Libtards

      More like in a hurry to bilk investors and taxpayers.

    • Gnoxy

      More car companies need to suffer like Tesla.

    • lagunas3ca

      Suffering consequences as in representing a threat to a century-old structure in which vehicles are sold through dealers who maintain large lots and inventory? Tesla secured 325,000 orders for a more affordable car without running advertisements or showing up at the auto shows, and without building up a dealer network.


    • Moveon Libtards

      Because like all “smart criminals” they think they know more than the other person.

      Something is fishy about this. Why werent these RECYCLED Mr. Green Elon Musk?

    • KareKakk

      I’m quite sure the cars won’t take any further damage by being filmed or even talked about.

  • pcurve

    Well I guess you do need final assembly vehicle inspector after all…

  • Moveon Libtards

    Thank you, Bradley, for being a little more fair and balanced in your Tesla infatuation with this article. You lost a lot of people on Tesla earlier with the constant spin and hype.

    However, something is very odd about this but I will wait for Tesla’s official response. I find it especially disconcerting that brand new Model 3s are there with big defects. Are they trying to hide this from the public? Seems an odd way to store cars for such a big corporation. Like someone’s secret chop shop.

  • Moveon Libtards

    After looking at the pics, HOLY CRAP that is a lot of Tesla’s hidden away. More Model 3s there than on the street!

    Quick, get the ‘weaponized autistics’ over at 4chan to figure this out. They will know in less than 24 hours. Or a bunch of thugs will have stolen them by then.

  • Kagan

    Like elephant graveyard!

  • Erm… I thought Tesla had the ‘biggest factory in the world’? Would of thought there would be a space in the corner somewhere ….

  • TheBelltower

    “…it would be irresponsible to offer test drives of vehicles with issues significant enough to fail final inspections.”

    Since there are also Tesla Transit vans parked next to the Model 3s, it seems that this lot is being used to as a staging area for something.

    Oh… just saw the update.

  • Six_Tymes

    meh, I don’t see what the big deal is.

    oh no the sky is falling again, this time tesla has produced some faulty product and caught them! and is temporarily storing them off site! OH MY, WHAT WILL THE WORLD DO?!

    the only save face to this ridiculous artical is the update

  • Stephen G

    The fact that Tesla has assembled automobiles that don’t meet standards is no revaluation. In any manufacturing operation you get a percentage of product that doesn’t meet standards. Not news worthy.

  • Plutonium

    Maybe these are waiting to be crash tested by government. Depending what type defects these have.

  • thunder bolt

    what a waste of resources. Musky boy must pay for this !

  • PB

    registered, then hidden away, to pump up sales numbers artificially?

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Pump up numbers? We don’t even know how many it is total but it’s only 26 model 3s, a car that has yet to go into production so numbers mean nothing at this point, but this collection of cars is hardly enough to “pump up sales”.

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