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CPO: What questions would you ask?

mn4az

Member
Aug 27, 2015
166
40
USA
This community has been very helpful in my pursuit of going all electric. I am now at a point that I am looking for that "perfect" CPO Model S that marries the features I want with the price point I am willing to pay. My question for the group is: When looking at CPOs what would be the top question(s) you would ask about the vehicle?

TIA in advance for any/all replies.
 

kushari

Model X 100D
May 2, 2015
122
11
Toronto, Canada
If it's a 60, is supercharging enabled, is it a 60, or a 40 (not sure if that question is actually valid)?

For any car I would ask if it was a smoking car or non smoking. I can't stand people smoking in cars.
 

MsElectric

Active Member
Oct 11, 2014
1,604
19
New York
This community has been very helpful in my pursuit of going all electric. I am now at a point that I am looking for that "perfect" CPO Model S that marries the features I want with the price point I am willing to pay. My question for the group is: When looking at CPOs what would be the top question(s) you would ask about the vehicle?

TIA in advance for any/all replies.

Yikes this topic had been discussed so much. Just go back and read some of the relevant threads. Basically:

+ Pull up the CarFax (will tell you the in service date, how many owners the car has had, and if the car was bought new or as an inventory car).
+ Ask for the service records and maintenance history so you know what work has been done with the car as well as what services have been done.
+ Don't accept no for an answer for the item above.
+ Before you pay for the car, take your time to go over the car in great detail and make a note of anything that requires to be fixed or made right.
+ Any items above should be on a "We owe you" list that is given to you by Tesla.
+ Take the car to a high end body shop for a pre purchase inspection of the paint and any past repairs that might not have been done properly.
+ Above step is very important as if you find anything improper with the paint after you buy your car, you might be on your own.
+ Buy the car with the peace of mind that you've done your due diligence. You are buying a used car. Don't skimp on your due diligence.

Also if a longer warranty is important to you, Tesla for whatever reason, refuses to sell an extended warranty for CPO cars so you can get a longer warranty buy purchasing private party with the Extended Warranty (but then realize you have a $200 per issue deductible).

There are GREAT CPO deals to be had and I'm not trying to discourage you. It is a great option to purchase the world's finest car at a lower price but just do your research and make an informed purchase.

Related topics:

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/show...Tesla-Warranty-CPO-Service-and-Other-Policies

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/51011-My-CPO-(and-disappointments)-Experience
 

mn4az

Member
Aug 27, 2015
166
40
USA
Kushari... Appreciate the thoughts... smoking (never would want it) and battery size (must have 85) is already on the list.

MsElectic... Would never have thought about taking the thing to a high end body shop to inspect the paint. Those thoughts are much appreciated.
 

austintexas

Member
Aug 25, 2015
37
3
Austin, TX
Everyone keeps saying "drive the car before you buy it".

What do you recommend for people like me that live in Texas? We don't have any local pre-owned due to Texas dealership laws.
 

MsElectric

Active Member
Oct 11, 2014
1,604
19
New York
I recommend "caveat emptor." Fly or drive to where the car is before you put a dime down.

Absolutely agree. Caveat emptor indeed.

Drive or fly over and spend a good amount of time carefully going over every inch of the car and do the due diligence suggested above.

One you pay, you own it, and I don't just mean the car :)
 

freeewilly

Member
Jul 22, 2015
580
188
Brea, CA
Most of the CPO cars are very close to perfect. But, if you want to be 100% certain, listen to everyone here, go check it out in person. I hope you're not looking for the "best deal" CPO cars, because those don't last on the CPO site for long.
Asking Tesla will only get a standard response. The car is perfect, it has to pass 200+ inspection......bla bla bla. They are correct most of the time, but not always.
 

mn4az

Member
Aug 27, 2015
166
40
USA
Thanks all. In the city I am looking in I have a buddy that is beyond anal retentive. He agreed to look over any car and I trust him fully. I might just be able to get him to take the car to the high end body shop as well. :)

SmartElectric... been using that site for a week now.. might I ask what price you got your CPO for and what the specs were?
 

Cyclone

Cyclonic Member ((.oO))
Jan 12, 2015
5,058
1,143
Charlotte, NC
+ Take the car to a high end body shop for a pre purchase inspection of the paint and any past repairs that might not have been done properly.
+ Above step is very important as if you find anything improper with the paint after you buy your car, you might be on your own.

Related topics:

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/show...Tesla-Warranty-CPO-Service-and-Other-Policies

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/51011-My-CPO-(and-disappointments)-Experience

I can't stress MsElectric's points above. I'm out four figures in paint repairs on my CPO. You do not want to get stuck in a scenario like mine where I'm almost at 4 months of ownership and still not driving my car (should finally be ready a week from today).
 

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