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1st DMV event shows thousands of miles?

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by mambro, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. mambro

    mambro Supporting Member

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    In searching for a Model S, I've found some that have thousands of miles as their first DMV registration event. One 2014 car in particular from California shows over 6k miles before getting an owner. Is this likely a Tesla demo car? From the "One Owner" CarFax:

    12/27/2014 6,769 California
    Motor Vehicle Dept.
    Fountain Valley, CA

    Odometer reading reported

    01/16/2015 (no mileage stated) California
    Motor Vehicle Dept.
    Fountain Valley, CA

    Title issued or updated
    First owner reported
    Titled or registered as corporate vehicle
    Loan or lien reported

    Car went to auction with over 77k miles, racked up in 3 yrs, 5 months, or as CarFax says 23,009 each year.

    What do you guys/gals think?
     
  2. Mark_T

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    Seems to be consistent with a demo car sold as 'new inventory'
     
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    It must have been a Tesla corporate car. Way too old for a demo. Way too many miles for a loaner. It had to be used for company business.
     
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    .... used for company business but never registered... ?
     
  5. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    Yes, they run on manufacturer plates for a long time and then finally sell it.
    Manufacturer plates don't require the car to be registered.
     
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  6. mambro

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    Interesting stuff! The only 2 CarFax entries after those are a service blip at a wheel & tire place at 42.8k miles on 12-14-2016 then out to auto auction and sold 6-4-2018 at 77.8k miles. Just to confirm, does that read to you like Tesla was the only one who owned/used it all the way until it was sold at auction?
     
  7. TEG

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    If first reported mileage was a high number, then yes, that would be consistent with a car that manufacturer used for a while before selling it.
    You don't know if it was an exec loaner car, demo car, or whatever. There are also engineering eval / test vehicles. Not sure if those get sold.
    And cars loaned to press...

    One would assume that cars owned by the manufacturer would get the latest updates, proper service, etc.
     
  8. mambro

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    That's what I'm trying to make sense of. If Tesla owned it ONLY until the 6.7k mark or if they owned it the entire time before sending to auction at 77.8k mark.

    CarFax-Snip.jpg

    and the AutoCheck view of things...

    AutoCheck-Snip.jpg
     
  9. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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    If I were to guess, I would say that Tesla may have sold it at 6,769 miles and some leasing company bought it and then leased it out.

    I don't know if the leasing company was Tesla leasing or some other entity.
     
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  10. mambro

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    @TEG thanks for the input!
     

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