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Should I care about the Tesla Resale Value Guarantee when picking financing option?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Vigile, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. Vigile

    Vigile Member

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    So I have a 2.85% offer from Tesla and a 3.0% option from my local bank, and I was thinking about using my local bank just for familiarity and that my friend is a VP so payments are simple, etc. blah blah.

    However, Tesla offers Resale Value Guarantee: http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_attachments/tesla-resale-value-guarantee.pdf

    Essentially, they will let you sell the car back to Tesla in the 36-39 month range for 50% of the base car price, adding 43% of any options you added. So for my car that would be....

    $85,000 x 0.5 = $42,500
    $12,500 x 0.43 = $5,375
    Total: $47,875

    Obviously the goal is that after three years the car would be able to be sold at MORE than that. But is it worth going with Tesla financing for this extra reassurance? Or is it so low that its kind of not worth considering?
     
  2. benf

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    If it were me, I would go with Tesla. Whatever they are doing with their battery technology/manufacturing to actually be able to make a $35k model 3 in two years is going to change things in a big way. Either the price of a 2017/2018 Model S is going to be lower or (more likely) the range will be significantly increased. Either way, there is going to be a big disruption in battery technology/prices, and it can't be good for the used market of the Model S. Even with the relatively crappy rates, I chose to lease for this reason. Maybe I'm just paranoid, but it seems like the writing is on the wall.
     
  3. Vigile

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    That is a very interesting mindset and angle to take. Good input!
     
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    I believe they consider the base price as the lowest possible configuration price (s70 rwd).
     
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    I went with the resale guarantee simply because there are so many unknowns.

    Personally I think it was one of Tesla's best moves to get fence sitters like me off the fence.
     
  6. benf

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    I agree. The resale guarantee (or lease) is what got me to jump in. I love the car because of the technology and I love Tesla because of how quickly they innovate and improve that technology. But that rate of improvement and innovation makes it basically impossible to predict what a car will be worth in 3 years, unlike most cars. Again, I could just be paranoid ;). But with the guarantee I get to be paranoid and still be happy...win!
     
  7. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    Doubt both points. EM stated that he expects battery technology to grow at 5% per year. As for reduced price, I think they'd just increase profits. Do you think a $100k ICE has the same profit margins as the Tesla?
     
  8. benf

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    If I'm right, you have a guarantee from Tesla and give it back. If I'm wrong, you sell it for more than you thought you would. Why would you not want the guarantee, especially if the rate is lower than with his bank?
     
  9. shokunin

    shokunin P85 & S40

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    Base price is the base price of the car you purchased. In the OP's instance, it's 1/2 of $85K for a 85D.
     
  10. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    I didn't mean my post to say you shouldn't take the guarantee, more along the lines of based on what we know, don't get his hopes up.
     
  11. benf

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    Gotcha. Yeah, I certainly hope I'm wrong. Either way, I'm looking forward to owning two Teslas when the Model 3 comes out :D.
     
  12. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    You and me both.

    My wife wants a Model 3. And I don't like big cars, so I'm hoping to convince her to take the S, so i get the 3 :D
     
  13. brkaus

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    Not according to the linked contract. It specifically says the base is the 60kWhr model and upgrade to 85kWhr battery is considered an option.

    Personally, I would probably still do it as a safety net. But make sure to understand all of it going in.
     
  14. supratachophobia

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    Only if you can stay within the mileage.
     
  15. Vigile

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    It's 15,000 / year. Seems reasonable for me.
     
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    Keep in mind you will need to do all the annual services as well (regardless of whether or not you find them worth the cost). From the T&C:

    "The Vehicle is maintained by Tesla Motors or its subsidiary according to Tesla’s recommended service schedule."
     
  17. shokunin

    shokunin P85 & S40

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    Interesting, my contract was different, but then again it was for a S40, which was the base model. Then I wonder if anyone who bought in mid 2013 got hit with the base S40 being $57,499 as the base price?
     

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