By on September 3, 2015

Tesla Building Circa March 2015

According to the Tesla Motors Club, the referral program that would award one Model X to a lucky loyalist in exchange for referring 10 new Model S buyers may already be over. “Kevin2686” may likely be the North American winner for the free Model X considering he managed to refer 10 new buyers.

Forum members say Kevin2686 spam posted his referral link, and indeed on a CNET news story about the promotion a user named “Tesla2000” offered $1,000 up front and $1,000 later with a link to Kevin2686’s referral code. In Tesla’s relatively vague referral language:

“Please note that we may withhold credits, discounts or other awards where we believe customers are acting in bad faith or otherwise acting contrary to the intent of this program.”

This may not end well. 

We already know that the potential referrer would likely qualify for an income tax credit from the feds for referring 10 new Model S buyers. It now appears that, at least according to the Tesla community, the referring winner may have used unsavory means as well.

Should Tesla withhold the car for spam posting, it could be a fight over the “free” $133,000 car.

The only winner in Tesla’s referral program — at least in the U.S. — may very well be Tesla itself.

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