Will $2000 really kill the deal on your new $60,000 car?My situation is a bit weird. My 12 year old hybrid SUV drives perfectly, and has a flawless engine and other driving components. It has a now 12 year old HV battery that lost some efficiency and looses charge if idle for too many days (still get about 29-30mpg in city with A/c on). Its nearly perfect on the inside with full leather seats in very good condition. It does however have a lot of rust, some bubbling under paint, etc - none appear to affect driving ( have had it regularly checked by local auto shop) - and I recently replaced tires and swapped to ceramic brakes.
Carmax looked at the car right before shutdowns and offered 1200. Tesla originally offered 2600. I didn't want them to be surprised so I contacted them and mentioned the issues (weak battery, rust, some small dings,etc) an offered to email photos. They called me from Vegas and assured me that it won't matter, since the car still drives ok.
Now the car is in 'reevaluation' step again, for well over a week, and I am not sure what to do. I don't want to just throw the car away or sell it for peanuts (the wheels + tires probably cost more than 2k alone), and now I'm worried that Tesla won't accept the trade-in when I bring it over. I've been looking at some charities to donate, but I've been reading it's not always a good idea.
I checked Vroom ($2000) and Carvana ($1600) but they claim they re-evaluate onsite anyway so who knows that they will really offer ... What are my options? Craigslist? I don't really have time to deal with private sales, so I'm actually considering cancelling the Tesla reservation, since getting rid of old car is becoming very stressful.
Just a reminder that if you do a trade-in, you pay sales tax on the net from cost of MY less trade-in with Tesla. If you sell your trade-in 3rd party, you pay sales tax on entire cost of vehicle. You could save several thousand if you trade-in depending on your sales tax rate and what Tesla offers you, e.g. if MY costs $60K and Tesla trade-in is $20K, sales tax is paid on $40K instead of $60K w/o trade-in. So take that into consideration when making the decision.
Depends on the state.