I put my reservation in a couple of weeks ago, but have been waiting to finalize my Model S. Why?
I wanted to make sure I could get the federal tax credit. I unfortunately did not get the tax credit with my Roadster. I do not want to throw away $7,500. My taxes, tax deduction and income generation for 2012 are fine tuned so that I would not get the credit this year. I can easily adjust things next year to be able to get the credit.
My reservation specialist told me to wait till at least after the 20th, and I will be definitely safe to finalize by the 24th. Since I am in the Roadster, Friends and Family program they will put me in the front of the line. I don’t want them to build my car in 2012. I think a lot of reservation holders have also delayed their delivery till 2013 for this reason or in anticipation of potentially higher taxes next year because of the fiscal cliff.