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Best Year/Model to Buy Used Model S

Tobeyslame

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I’m in the market for a used S. Was very disappointed the new ones raised 10k

I drove about 90 miles a day. 20-25k a year. Mostly highway. Once a month will take a little longer trip with the family and probably need 175-200 one way real world miles.
I care about a smooth ride/comfort more than the newer tech in the car which is why I’m shying away from a model y.

any thoughts on good years/models. I was thinking a 2017 and extending the warranty to get 4-5 years out of the car.
 

2101Guy

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Jan 6, 2020
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I’m in the market for a used S. Was very disappointed the new ones raised 10k

I drove about 90 miles a day. 20-25k a year. Mostly highway. Once a month will take a little longer trip with the family and probably need 175-200 one way real world miles.
I care about a smooth ride/comfort more than the newer tech in the car which is why I’m shying away from a model y.

any thoughts on good years/models. I was thinking a 2017 and extending the warranty to get 4-5 years out of the car.

key question: what is your budget?
 

2101Guy

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Best value is to buy from an owner, not from Tesla. Things like FSD and Free Unlimited Supercharging, premium connectivity will transfer from one owner to the next. When buying used from Tesla, it depends.

For that price range, you can most likely find a 2017 and maybe 2018 Model S Long Range. 2018 would have the MCU2 (most recent) center screen/CPU, etc in place. Much less troublesome than MCU1. 2017 can have its MCU1 upgraded to MCU2 for $1500. (well worth the spend).

One example that has attractive packages (High Fidelity sound system, Heated seats/steering wheel, Sunroof, Full Self Driving)
2017 Model S | Tesla


About used performance versions: they are much higher price and known issues with leaking seals on the rear motors.
 
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2101Guy

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FYI..price history on the one in the link above
VIN: 5YJSA1E22HF211753
MILEAGE: 23687

STATUS: For Sale

PRICING HISTORY:

$60,700 10 hours ago
$61,400 2 days ago
$61,200 3 days ago
$61,100 6 days ago
$61,300 7 days ago
$61,900 8 days ago
$62,100 9 days ago
$62,400 10 days ago
$63,200 11 days ago
$63,500 12 days ago
$64,000 13 days ago
$64,600 14 days ago
 

wts13

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Feb 4, 2013
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FYI..price history on the one in the link above
VIN: 5YJSA1E22HF211753
MILEAGE: 23687

STATUS: For Sale

PRICING HISTORY:

$60,700 10 hours ago
$61,400 2 days ago
$61,200 3 days ago
$61,100 6 days ago
$61,300 7 days ago
$61,900 8 days ago
$62,100 9 days ago
$62,400 10 days ago
$63,200 11 days ago
$63,500 12 days ago
$64,000 13 days ago
$64,600 14 days ago

Interesting. Anyone know if Tesla lowers pricing automatically until a car sells, or if there are more organized changes?

Partly I'm wondering if any major shifts in pricing may occur as people start to trade in their cars for refreshed Model S beginning in March, of if that's all priced in.
 

Tobeyslame

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Nov 27, 2020
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FYI..price history on the one in the link above
VIN: 5YJSA1E22HF211753
MILEAGE: 23687

STATUS: For Sale

PRICING HISTORY:

$60,700 10 hours ago
$61,400 2 days ago
$61,200 3 days ago
$61,100 6 days ago
$61,300 7 days ago
$61,900 8 days ago
$62,100 9 days ago
$62,400 10 days ago
$63,200 11 days ago
$63,500 12 days ago
$64,000 13 days ago
$64,600 14 days ago
Thanks
Really helpful.

what are your thoughts on sunroof vs glass roof
 

Tobeyslame

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Nov 27, 2020
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Interesting. Anyone know if Tesla lowers pricing automatically until a car sells, or if there are more organized changes?

Partly I'm wondering if any major shifts in pricing may occur as people start to trade in their cars for refreshed Model S beginning in March, of if that's all priced in.
Good question

as these get close to their dec 2021 initial warranty will they reduce more
 

beatle

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Aug 31, 2019
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Interesting. Anyone know if Tesla lowers pricing automatically until a car sells, or if there are more organized changes?

Partly I'm wondering if any major shifts in pricing may occur as people start to trade in their cars for refreshed Model S beginning in March, of if that's all priced in.

Tesla plays games with the prices of their new and used cars. Usually the price keeps dropping daily, but sometimes they hold for a day or bump it back up for a couple, likely to make a "lurker" panic and hit the buy button. If nobody takes the bait, they continue to lower the price until it sells. I wouldn't expect any dramatic shift in price due to trade-ins.
 
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Uncle Paul

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Nov 1, 2013
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Canyon Lake,CA
Think some of the best deals are Model S with Raven updates.
Longer range, faster charging, well respected 100 kWh battery, V3 computer, adaptive air suspension. Comes with premium interior and premium sound standard.
They carried new pricing about $10,000 below new refreshed pricing, but still most of the goodness.

Due to new Model S pricing I believe their will be some upward pricing on the used market as well.
 

2101Guy

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Jan 6, 2020
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Thanks
Really helpful.

what are your thoughts on sunroof vs glass roof

Two ways to look at it:
1)One other thing with moving parts that can potentially go wrong/have issues/rattle compared to full glass roof
2)They are no longer made with sunroofs and some covet them for rarity now and LOVE them with a passion

For open honesty, I have the sunroof on my 2017 and I do like it on a nice crisp fall day or even spring day. I used it maybe 4 times in 2020 though. But was it a must for me? Would I miss it if I traded up to a newer model S with no sunroof? Probably not.
 
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fcastrillo86

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Dec 30, 2020
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Interesting. Anyone know if Tesla lowers pricing automatically until a car sells, or if there are more organized changes?

Partly I'm wondering if any major shifts in pricing may occur as people start to trade in their cars for refreshed Model S beginning in March, of if that's all priced in.
In my experience (using EV CPO to research when i bought my own car), Tesla lowers the used car prices $100 to $100 every day, at least on the lower end of the inventory. The price cuts seem to get more intense towards the end of each quarter, maybe to help sales numbers?
 

DanCar

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Oct 2, 2013
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SF Bay Area
I'd go for a 2018 with MCU2, updated cameras, sentry mode, and more. Different prices based on how many miles on the car. For $60K can get one with less than 20K miles. For $50K can get one with 30K miles and no premium upgrade package.

Although if range is important might be better to get a 2017 with 100kWh battery pack and pay for MCU upgrade. Not sure how well the upgrade works. For example cameras are not upgraded so get less color.

2018 100D costs $65K, but I expect prices will drop as lease returns start happening. There was an engineering hold early in 2018 so suspect bulk lease returns are delayed till April. As the year progresses expect to see significant price drops on 2018s as more are available for sale.
 
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