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Inventory Car: What to expect?

politicalmeow

New Member
Apr 4, 2018
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Orlando, FL
Hi Everyone,

New member here. Picking up my Model S on Friday. I'm extremely excited to be part of the Tesla community and owning my dream car I've wanted for quite sometime now.

It is an inventory car (new) with about 10k miles on it.

I was hoping I could get some advice from you guys on the acceptable condition on an inventory car. What should I push to get replaced if I notice? Scratches? Curb Rash? I'm not sure whether I should be super picky or let a few things slide? Also, what are the major things I should look for and not settle on at any cost.

Thanks in advance for all the help. Looking forward to being a Tesla owner :)
 

GWord

Member
Aug 18, 2016
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865
Houston, TX
I've had two inventory Teslas. Expect minor cosmetic issues like swirl marks and so forth. Any major scratches or blemishes they will fix on request. Same with curb rash.
 

TexasEV

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Jun 5, 2013
7,650
8,482
Austin, TX
A car with 10,000 miles on it is not a new car. It may be titled as a new car because Tesla has never sold it before, but it’s not a new car. Expect it to look like a used car with 10,000 miles driven by people who didn’t take care of it (service loaner, etc.).
 
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Doanster1

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Feb 14, 2018
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Wow, a 10K mile Inventory Car?!? That seems very high. Good for you that you’ll get the tax credit.
My advice is to just set expectations ahead of time. Have you asked your OA/DA these questions and told them what’s important to you? You’d know what they’d fix vs deny.
My recent CPO was as close to flawless as it gets, but maybe inventory cars don’t get the same “love”.
 

politicalmeow

New Member
Apr 4, 2018
3
0
Orlando, FL
Yes, it's high miles but I had been looking at used Tesla's anyway. This worked out even better because I get the tax credit and the inventory car was discounted 35%, which is huge. Just couldn't pass up the deal. And I get a new car warranty.

I'm ready to expect some wear and tear. I was just hoping to find out how much.

My OA hasn't been very helpful. In fact, the entire communication from Tesla during this buying process has sucked.

Let's hope things get better when I have the car.
 

HankLloydRight

No Roads
Supporting Member
Jan 18, 2014
13,039
11,088
Connecticut
A car with 10,000 miles on it is not a new car. It may be titled as a new car because Tesla has never sold it before, but it’s not a new car. Expect it to look like a used car with 10,000 miles driven by people who didn’t take care of it (service loaner, etc.).

I bought my P85+ as an inventory loaner car with 8,000 miles on it. It was in 'like new' condition when I picked it up, except for a very small wear mark on the rear seat trim corner (a common wear point). I didn't notice this upon delivery, and once I did, it was too late. I'm sure if I pushed them they would have replaced it, but it was small and in the back and I didn't really care to cause a stink of such a minor issue. Besides that, the car was flawless, including the paint. So there can be very good deals and cars in great shape with "high" mileage for a loaner. No reason to be scared away.
 

lodemia

New Member
Mar 16, 2018
1
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Fairbury, IL
We just bought our P100 as an inventory car with 2500 miles. Only issue was a door handle which was quickly replaced under warranty. Nothing else that we can find.
 

NewTMSMan

Active Member
Aug 21, 2017
1,089
1,392
USA
Bought my P100D as an inventory car and it was delivered near perfect. I went and looked at it in advance and gave them a list of what I wanted taken care of cosmetically and it was all done with exception of drivers seat, which they replaced later. Will Tesla it is a very hit or miss experience, just make sure you go over the car and get the DS to agree to remedy all the issues you find prior to transferring the money.
 

Vegas

Member
May 6, 2016
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252
Brisbane, Australia
I bought a P90 D as an inventory vehicle in 2016. It had a similar amount of miles/kilometres to yours. There were a few minor cosmetic issues with the car but I didn't really pursue those. But something important I think, is to ensure that your new car warranty and the minimal servicing requirements start from the day it's delivered to you-not the date it was first registered or driven on a public road. For me it added almost 12 months of new manufacturing quality. Good luck you won't be disappointed.
 

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