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931's Back Story?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Panicopticon, Jun 13, 2015.

  1. Panicopticon

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    #1 Panicopticon, Jun 13, 2015
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    I bought 931 around this time last year from Mercedes-Benz of Ft. Pierce, where the previous owner had traded it in. I believe it was serviced by Tesla at West Palm Beach (Riviera Beach) service center. The previous owner didn't release the service records -- or the dealer I bought it from didn't actually bother to ask, which is unfortunate, but not really a big deal.

    I was curious if anyone here knew anything about my the back story of my car?

    A few other random details. It sterling silver metallic, 2.0 body, with cast wheels in all black. In addition to the normal US SMC and UMC it came with a UK type (IEC Type G) SMC (Euro Low Power Mobile Connector, TSN 0010EJ0003275, APN 06-002577-00 REV AC), which is a bit odd.

    Also despite having an April 2010 build date and being listed as a 2010 on the proforma invoice, Tesla's service system consistently calls it a 2011...
     
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    My 2.0, #834, claims to have a January 2010 build date, and Tesla's receipts when I have it serviced also have it as a 2011. I thought it was just me...
     
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    I have VIN 939 which has a May 2010 build date. Tesla Service also thinks it's a 2011. Weird.
     
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    #4 TEG, Jun 13, 2015
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    I think your car was originally owned by Tesla Leasing. The first Roadsters were only sold directly to buyers, but they eventually offered some cars for lease.
    So, I am guessing that the first driver leased the car. Not sure if they exercised a buy option before trading it in, or it got returned to Tesla leasing and resold.

    Tesla Offers Leasing Option for Iconic Roadster | Tesla Motors



    I don't think the cast wheels were ever offered in solid black like that. I think someone had them painted aftermarket.

    Carfax says your VIN has 15 records associated with it. That is on the high side from what I have seen. Some kind of history there. You could order a report from them to see what events they got notified about.
     
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    TEG, your database never ceases to amaze me...
     
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    TEG, thank you for the insight. What makes you think it was leased?

    At the moment I can't get to my CARFAX account, though I did pull the report for it when I bought it. Autocheck only shows 16 records, it being titled twice, once in FL and once here in NY. Most of the records are just service reports of the odometer reading and registration renewals. Autocheck also thinks it only had two owners (though clearly it was transferred to the Dealer for sale last year, do I'd have expected 3) and that it wasn't a lease/fleet vehicle.

    Once I get my Carfax account sorted out, I'll pull that one to compare.
     
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    When Carfax has a Roadster question, they call TEG...:wink:...I'll bet Tesla does too...

     
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    Carfax account got fixed this afternoon, clearly the part that made you think it was leased was the line that said personal lease. Feel silly for asking. It interesting, in that it didn't say that when I looked at it before purchasing the car (dug out the copy), but its CARFAX so who knows... I also don't see a title transfer record from the leasing company to the owner. Ultimately it doesn't really matter, but it does make me curious.

    Thanks again for the help...
     
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    I recall when doing some Roadster research years back I used a Florida title search web site and found the title for that car owned by Tesla Leasing. I can't find that site now. Maybe it doesn't exist anymore.
     
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    Thank you again for the dedication
     
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    I have VIN #992 born on July 1, 2010 but referred to as 2011 on all service records.
     
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    Had an interesting experience with Carfax... bought a Lexus LS and Carfax showed no issues... Bought the car, and found out from the shop repairing a failed parking sensor the car had indeed been repaired and they said it never showed on Carfax because the damage was below a threshold $ amount. Not sure if this is always the case, but it sure said to me I will have the car I want to buy inspected by a reputable person or shop before I buy long distance. Just a side note I thought I'd add to this discussion, even tho it may not be related to the roadster in question...
     

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