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Tesla Extended Warranty when purchased Used from a Private Party?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by ScottR, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. ScottR

    ScottR Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Southern Utah
    I'm new to Tesla and have deposits down for two Model 3's (I was #16 in Las Vegas).

    We are thinking about purchasing a used Model S, probably a 2014 with low miles. I'm seeing prices
    in the high 50's and low 60's. (if anyone knows the best web site to find the best deals on the Model S,
    please let me know!)

    I've been getting conflicting information about the ability for the new owner of a used Model S to add on
    an extended warranty. I've read that you can do it and I've read that you can't. One person told me the
    original owner would have to purchase the extended warranty before selling me the car. That's fine for
    a private party transaction, but wouldn't work if I find the "right" Model S at a dealer.

    Can anyone give me some accurate information, and is there a way to get an extended warranty on
    a used model S purchase? We plan to keep the car for a long time and feel more comfortable having
    the extra coverage.

    Thanks very much.
  2. anselor

    anselor Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    Melbourne, FL
    Hello Scott.

    I don't know if you're aware of this, but Tesla sells certified pre-owned as well as inventory units from their loaner fleet. The inventory cars are still eligible for the Federal tax credit. You can look for cars on Tesla's site:
    Pre-Owned Model S | Tesla Motors
    or you can go to and search there.

    The CPO cars come with a fresh 4-year 50k-mile warranty from when you take delivery of the car. The down side is CPO cars are not eligible for the extended warranty.

    Everything I read before said that you can buy the extended warranty if you do a private-party purchase as long as the original warranty hasn't expired. Perhaps this has been changed; I don't know.
  3. NoMoGasNeMo

    NoMoGasNeMo Member

    Mar 18, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Only the original owner can purchase the extended warranty. So if you purchase from a dealer it's not possible unless the original owner has just consigned the car to them. I've also heard that it can be purchased after the 50k miles.

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