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My Model S Saved My Life

dds28

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Apr 14, 2018
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Honolulu
I actually just did the same, and Tesla offered me a LAUGHABLE amount, and i considered selling private party... I finally made the decision to keep it about 2 weeks before this... Hopefully insurance does better than Tesla, lord knows they couldn't do worse.

Best wishes, and good luck with your P85D! It's a great car!
I am on the fence on what to do with my car. They definitely low balled me on the trade in price. I have about 50k miles on the car and one more year of warranty left. I bought the car when it was 3 years old and back when Tesla had the "CPO" program where they reconditioned the car. So I had 4 more years of warranty with the car. I love the car. It has the next gen seat that were made by Recaro with next gen rear seating. I am surprised that it has no rattles or squeaks. Pretty well put together. I guess It is a luck of the draw. Not sure if it makes sense to keep the car without warranty though.
 

VelociRabbitt

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Apr 6, 2019
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I am on the fence on what to do with my car. They definitely low balled me on the trade in price. I have about 50k miles on the car and one more year of warranty left. I bought the car when it was 3 years old and back when Tesla had the "CPO" program where they reconditioned the car. So I had 4 more years of warranty with the car. I love the car. It has the next gen seat that were made by Recaro with next gen rear seating. I am surprised that it has no rattles or squeaks. Pretty well put together. I guess It is a luck of the draw. Not sure if it makes sense to keep the car without warranty though.
I had the Recaro seats too!! I think myself and several others here would recommend avoiding an out of warranty Tesla... my car ran great and one day just bricked and needed a new battery 6 months before warranty expired. I don't even want to think about what that would have run me.
 
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dds28

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Apr 14, 2018
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Honolulu
I had the Recaro seats too!! I think myself and several others here would recommend avoiding an out of warranty Tesla... my car ran great and one day just bricked and needed a new battery 6 months before warranty expired. I don't even want to think about what that would have run me.
That would be the worst scenario. My wife told me to let it go because of that reason. I think a battery pack replacement would be right around $20k. Ouch.
 

AMPd

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Nov 27, 2012
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I had the Recaro seats too!! I think myself and several others here would recommend avoiding an out of warranty Tesla... my car ran great and one day just bricked and needed a new battery 6 months before warranty expired. I don't even want to think about what that would have run me.
Probably nothing since the battery warranty is still in effect until 2023 for a 2015 model.
 

tranzndance

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Sep 10, 2017
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Bay Area
That would be the worst scenario. My wife told me to let it go because of that reason. I think a battery pack replacement would be right around $20k. Ouch.
That's still cheaper than a new car. What am I missing about this calculation? I'd like to keep my car for as long as possible.
 

VelociRabbitt

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Apr 6, 2019
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New York
That's still cheaper than a new car. What am I missing about this calculation? I'd like to keep my car for as long as possible.
A 20k repair on a car worth 40k is a big percentage. As Tesla gets older, their supply of the older parts becomes smaller and smaller, which could increase waiting time for parts.
I know I only got a 90kwh battery because they HAD to replace it as per warranty. They don’t make 85 packs anymore, or so I was told and the few they have are refurbs.

if it was me, I wouldn’t want to spend $20k on a refurb part that they don’t manufacture anymore for a car worth $40k.

i could take that 20k, and the 40k from selling instead, buy a newer car with a warranty.
 

tranzndance

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Sep 10, 2017
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A 20k repair on a car worth 40k is a big percentage. As Tesla gets older, their supply of the older parts becomes smaller and smaller, which could increase waiting time for parts.
I know I only got a 90kwh battery because they HAD to replace it as per warranty. They don’t make 85 packs anymore, or so I was told and the few they have are refurbs.

if it was me, I wouldn’t want to spend $20k on a refurb part that they don’t manufacture anymore for a car worth $40k.

i could take that 20k, and the 40k from selling instead, buy a newer car with a warranty.
Thanks for the explanation!
 

Sbaimo

12/15 LR black/white 21” no FSD delivered 6/30
Jan 26, 2021
587
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Hancock Park Los Angeles
glad you came out of this I’m pretty good shape.

I would guess that Tesla will have a lot of 2017+ used model S vehicles as people on the cutting edge will be trading their S in for one of the new refreshed models. If you can wait for a couple
Months, they will probably want to dump some of them.
Just my thoughts. I am a newbie to Tesla and EV’s. I ordered my new S in December and actually believed it would be delivered in February. So I do not have experience or real knowledge of how Tesla deals with their trade- ins
 

Catbiscuits

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Jan 22, 2020
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Montclair NJ
So sorry to hear that! Although also good to hear the car protected you.

Don’t listen to the naysayers. We have a 2017 90D and a 2020 Y (vin is 6xxx). I wouldn’t want a 3 due to the lack of a hatchback, but a LR Y with the performance boost for $2k is a great, great car. I do love the air suspension of the S and the exterior look but otherwise there is a lot to recommend the Y (I’m trying not to say that I like it better since I don’t want the S to hear). I prefer the steering on the Y (yeah yeah naysayers well just read Dan Neil’s WSJ review) which is also better than my 2011 BMW M sport 335xi and the interior is much better thought out. The S is a tad faster. Then upright seating and capacity of the Y is just great.
 

BioSci

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Sep 14, 2020
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Boston MetroWest
Right now, because of the worldwide shortage of new cars, there is a huge premium value in used cars. Going through Carmax or Carvana is probably your easiest way to get a good price for your used car. I sold my Genesis to Carvana and arranged for them to pick up my old car the day before the Tesla was delivered.
 

SO16

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Feb 25, 2016
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MI
glad you came out of this I’m pretty good shape.

I would guess that Tesla will have a lot of 2017+ used model S vehicles as people on the cutting edge will be trading their S in for one of the new refreshed models. If you can wait for a couple
Months, they will probably want to dump some of them.
Just my thoughts. I am a newbie to Tesla and EV’s. I ordered my new S in December and actually believed it would be delivered in February. So I do not have experience or real knowledge of how Tesla deals with their trade- ins
And give up my pano roof and FUSC on my 2017 S? No way! Haha
 

tkizzy

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Jun 8, 2015
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Napa, CA
Glad everyone was ok . I’m just curious what the situation is for the lifetime supercharging and premium connectivity in a situation like this Where it’s not your fault - ask if they’ll let you transfer those benefits if you buy a new Tesla? Alternatively, those features should have a value for any insurance payout as well….
 

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