I spoke with someone from a dealership and he told me that no tesla comes with full self driving. He said it's a yearly thing and that the buyer gets a refund for the years not used. Not sure what he was talking about. I then said isn't it 10k for the full self driving I've never heard of a yearly payment. I have been looking for a model X with full self driving and it's beginning to feel impossible. I found one with enhanced autopilot but I want to wait to find out if they can remove this feature before I check it out. We were set on the model Y but it is kind of small. The main thing we want is the full self driving option. We only started looking at used model x because the Y will take 3 months to arrive (September).
I assume by "dealership" you mean not
at a Tesla store. And basically the guy was talking nonsense. When you buy a car new from Tesla
, then you get the option to purchase the car with FSD (full self-driving), or you can add this on later (its just software, so you can actually do it from your phone app), though its often cheaper to get it when you buy the car.
Options such as FSD stay with the car when it is sold
. That is, if you sell the car the new owner gets whatever options you purchased, and if you then buy a new Tesla, you will have to repurchase FSD for that new car (Tesla are basically treating the software option just as if it were a hardware option like a sunroof). So any dealer who has a Tesla on the lot (say, as a trade-in) might
indeed have FSD on the car.
All the stuff about a one year refund was nonsense; the guy had no idea what he was talking about (a good reason not to buy fro him imho). Tesla have never done that, and while there is discussion about a subscription model for FSD (Elon has said it will come), no-one know if it will really arrive, or when, or how much it will cost.
However, there is one special case here
. If the car is sold back to Tesla (as often happens) at any point, Tesla almost always de-option the car before they sell it on
. This is important. What it means is that a dealer who got a car from Tesla may show you paperwork that says the original
purchase (when new) included FSD, but the car may no longer have it
. This has tripped up a lot of buyers, who are confused by the difference between the car options when purchased new vs the options when purchased used from a dealer. Worse, at present there is no easy way to check with Tesla exactly what options the car really does currently have. In theory, you can look on the car display (if you know what to look for), but very occasionally a car arrives that Tesla "de-optioned" but the software update to do this actual process has not been applied. This can result in a buyer taking a car home thinking they have an option, only to find it vanish after a software update a few days or weeks later.