A newly introduced rule is a loaner cannot be sold until it is 90 days old. Meaning the first quarter started with few loaners at the locations. The loaners can't be dumped to end the quarter this time. More pipeline for Q2 selling as inventory grows. I guess this means loaners will be there instead of customers requiring enterprise rental cars. Of course, why do new car owners have to get so much service, anyway?
Jmcvicker, I think you're wrong. The rule, as I know it, is loaners are generally logged into inventory for dealers. Since Tesla is not a dealer, I think Tesla can designate whatever it wishes as a loaner because the vehicle has not been titled or registered. Therefore, the sale is technically seen by the state as a new vehicle transaction.
I am saying it is a new company rule. So they don't strand their customers to rent ICE because they were promised by Musk months ago they would always get a MS. New rule keeps more loaners kn stock at the SCs rather than dumping them for sales goals.
As opposed to BMW which offers these same items for free the first several years without the need to purchase prepaid service contracts. (somehow this doesn't seem to make it into the cost of ownership comparisons Tesla is so keen to remind us of ; )