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mfoley

New Member
Oct 14, 2019
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3
MD
Hi folks, first-time buyer and Tesla noob here.

So I'm looking at a "new" Model 3. I was informed that it already has 700-800 miles on it, probably a demo car. I was also told one of the wheels is slightly curbed. Tesla is offering a price adjustment of $180. That seems a little low to me. What do you guys think?

Here's the wheel. Not too bad, I guess.

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ewoodrick

Well-Known Member
Apr 13, 2018
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3,732
Buford, GA
Curbed rims are pretty common to Teslas. since the wheel sticks out beyond the tire. It happens to everyone.
Tesla hasn't been known to take much off of its demos, but you can always ask.
See how much it would be to fix the wheels and try asking for that, but don't worry about fixing them. Let it be your first ding so that you don't have to worry about a pristine car.

If the alignments and the paint are in great shape, then it may be worth keeping. If you order a new car, it may only take days though.
But hurry the demos seem to sell quickly.
 

OCR1

Active Member
Jan 28, 2018
3,760
4,112
Southern California
Tesla is being greedy on this one. Their normal policy is to discount demo cars by .72/mile. So $180 doesn’t even come close. There is no way I’d buy a car with that many miles on it to save $180 over a brand new never driven one.
 

vickh

Active Member
Dec 16, 2018
3,120
488
az
Tesla's demo policy is ridiculous compared to new pricing. I guess if you're in a hurry it might be worth it.
 

OCR1

Active Member
Jan 28, 2018
3,760
4,112
Southern California
Sudden nearly zero inventory seems to be a bit contrived to me. It’s too convenient for Tesla. I live in the Bay Area and there isn’t a single Tesla in inventory? Not one?

I don’t think so.

Why do you think that? You can check the inventory for your zip code on their website and see for yourself.
 

wingnutsglory

Member
Aug 19, 2019
146
29
PNW
Sudden nearly zero inventory seems to be a bit contrived to me. It’s too convenient for Tesla. I live in the Bay Area and there isn’t a single Tesla in inventory? Not one?

I don’t think so.
I didn’t say zero. But it’s very much dwindled since several weeks back. There been no Model 3 in inventory at Fremont for a bit.
 

jonquiljo

Supporting Member
Sep 26, 2019
1,064
499
SF Bay Area - Marin
Why do you think that? You can check the inventory for your zip code on their website and see for yourself.

It just seems strange to me that Tesla would completely shut out the North American market for almost 2 months. Last quarter, people received cars within 2-4 weeks in the 2nd month (the equivalent of November this quarter). But it seems like Tesla is definitely saying all new Q4 orders wait until December for delivery.

That will definitely create demand in North America, but likely create a lot of cancellations as they approach Xmas. The $1750 tax credit isn't enough for most people to care.
 

FielderJones

Member
May 17, 2019
154
98
Chicagoland
Sudden nearly zero inventory seems to be a bit contrived to me. It’s too convenient for Tesla. I live in the Bay Area and there isn’t a single Tesla in inventory? Not one?

I don’t think so.

Chicago area inventory went from a dozen about 10 days ago to one red SR+ and two white LR AWDs as of right now. The LRs just showed up — an hour ago it was just the SR+.
 

Jarvisd1015

Member
Sep 19, 2019
25
0
San Diego
Hi folks, first-time buyer and Tesla noob here.

So I'm looking at a "new" Model 3. I was informed that it already has 700-800 miles on it, probably a demo car. I was also told one of the wheels is slightly curbed. Tesla is offering a price adjustment of $180. That seems a little low to me. What do you guys think?

Here's the wheel. Not too bad, I guess.

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A brand new aerowheel rim goes for 70 on eBay
 

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