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It's obvious that keeping to one color has manufacturing advantages. So I think it fair that Tesla offers a standard color and charges extra for non-standard, even though it's the only maker to do so.

But a four-figure amount to get, say blue instead of white? And why would the extra for red be double the extra for blue? For those dollars you might be able to get a white one and have a paint shop change it to whatever hue strikes your fancy.
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...I think it fair that Tesla offers a standard color and charges extra for non-standard, even though it's the only maker to do so.
Every vehicle I've recently priced with an online conifugrator had a surcharge for "premium" colors.
 

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White and Red are multi-coats so they cost more. White is free probably because there are less errors in the paint shop and more people would want it then black but that's just my speculation.
 

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It's obvious that keeping to one color has manufacturing advantages. So I think it fair that Tesla offers a standard color and charges extra for non-standard, even though it's the only maker to do so.

But a four-figure amount to get, say blue instead of white? And why would the extra for red be double the extra for blue? For those dollars you might be able to get a white one and have a paint shop change it to whatever hue strikes your fancy.
I am confused. Are we talking about CT or something else because the CT has no paint colors because it is stainless steel. You could get a nylon wrap.
 

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Black used to be the default, but Tesla switched to White when their paint got better.

A paint-shop that doesn't cost four-figures to do the car is either not doing it right, or going out of business.

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I cringed paying $2,000 for red, but if I’m spending $50k for a car I wanted it to be the color I liked most.

Rivian gives you silver or white and charges 1500 for most colors. The nice looking blue the demo units use is 2500.

I think Ford only charges $350 for most colors.

Happy with the Cybertruck stainless. I might do a partial skin on it for a sort of 2 tone look. See if I can DIY it.
 

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Tesla won’t offer colors for the CT (they said so) and I do not know whether a paint shop would charge the same for stainless as for non-stainless steel. My guess is not. A wrap may be the most cost effective way to get color on a CT. I looked into prices a while back, just to know what everyone was talking about, and it is far from cheap. I suspect that, even with the straight and angular CT exoskeleton, a DIY wrap would be difficult to get right.
 
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I am confused. Are we talking about CT or something else because the CT has no paint colors because it is stainless steel. You could get a nylon wrap.
Sorry -- talking about Tesla in general. Didn't know where else to ask.
 
 




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