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Tired of Waiting for model 3, considering a used S

Glamisduner

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If I can find a good price on an S I think I might bite. Otherwise I have to wait until June-Aug just to order. Which isn't exactly too long but it kind of is because I don't currently have a car and have to commute in my somewhat large V8 truck. I think I would like the S more anyways but didn't think I could afford one, prices on older AP1 cars seem to be becoming more reasonable...

If I find one with the back hatch seats, can these be removed?
 

JayyyDeee

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I got a great deal on a service loaner model s basically what a fully loaded model 3 would cost. You could go ask if they have any of those
my car had 15,000km on it or about 10,000 miles but was classified as new since I was the first owner
 
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morrisdl

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A 3 would have been better size for us, but used S is what we did. Got a 12/2014 P85 w/most options in wife's favorite color for less than a 3. It's a lot of car for the money . Yes 3rd row seatsseat be removed and sold.
 
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Glamisduner

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the 3 would be a more practical commuter for me as well, but it does not have much room for cargo either, so maybe the S is better for me. I'm not sure but the S is great so I know I would be happy with one.
 

Az_Rael

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Not true for 2014s and my insurance .The VIN didn't differentiate. The dealership where I purchased didn't realize it was a more valuable P either.

In CA, all the insurance companies have figured out the P vs non P on Teslas and charge you more. When I was debating between an 85 and a P85, I got quotes on both from lots of companies and the P always added a hefty premium.
 

Glamisduner

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It would move you up to owner status, so you’d be able to order your 3 more or less immediately. That said, I think it sold already.
I guess I can't figure out how to use the search if I put in 55k max I only get one car available.

Theres a 2013 P85 23k miles on CL near me for 55k but then that means no warranty.
I can get a regular 85 for 3k more from tesla same year?

How much is a Hefty Insurance premium for a P85 vs an 85? My insurance is closed on the weekend.

There was a good deal on a non-P85 but It was one of those, Oh I'm out of the country because I'm in the military or I'm a pilot but contact this place they are selling it for my type scams where the car isn't really in the area listed.
 
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Glamisduner

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I've seen a handful of used model 3's for sale, for less than MSRP, I'm surprised you haven't gone that route instead.
I have not seen any Model 3's for less than MSRP. I have seen them for less than they cost after tax but I still have to pay tax on used. Plus you don't get the $10,000 tax credit then. Can you show me where I can buy a model 3 for under 40000?
 

Nikki's Dad

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FWIW, I have consistently heard the analogy from owners to Tesla employees that a M3 is to BMW 3 series as an MS is to BMW 700 series. Personally I’d go with the MS.
 

Ketchups

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I have not seen any Model 3's for less than MSRP. I have seen them for less than they cost after tax but I still have to pay tax on used. Plus you don't get the $10,000 tax credit then. Can you show me where I can buy a model 3 for under 40000?
I'd show you, but then I'd have to kill you ;)

Nope, I misspoke. They are as you said, less than after taxes. I did come across this $38k but after looking closer, it was for a reservation - 2018 Tesla Model 3 - Cars, Trucks & Motorcycles - San Diego, California - Marketplace | Facebook

One of the drawbacks to being a CA resident, lifetime taxes on used items.
 

Az_Rael

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I guess I can't figure out how to use the search if I put in 55k max I only get one car available.

Theres a 2013 P85 23k miles on CL near me for 55k but then that means no warranty.
I can get a regular 85 for 3k more from tesla same year?

How much is a Hefty Insurance premium for a P85 vs an 85? My insurance is closed on the weekend.

There was a good deal on a non-P85 but It was one of those, Oh I'm out of the country because I'm in the military or I'm a pilot but contact this place they are selling it for my type scams where the car isn't really in the area listed.

It is best to use one of the 3rd party sites to search for CPOs if you are in the market. I subscribed to EV-CPO when I was buying as I got historical data as well as current, plus I set up notices when a car appeared that met my criteria so I could buy it before someone else snagged it.


I recommend you get some insurance quotes on Model S’s (both P and not). You can check online with some of the major players until your insurance is open Monday (just use vins off of Tesla’s CPO site). I found that just adding an S was a huge increase, then the P added even more on top of that.
 

Glamisduner

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FWIW, I have consistently heard the analogy from owners to Tesla employees that a M3 is to BMW 3 series as an MS is to BMW 700 series. Personally I’d go with the MS.

Wow Don't call the Model 3 and M3 on a Car forum or people will murder you. I did that once and M3 is not a tesla, it is a BMW :p. So I think your analogy would be M3 is to M3 as MS is to 700 series hah. Or Model 3 is to M3.... hah

The Tesla Search on their website seems to be broken. If I type in Used with max price of 65k I get 1 result. If I type in used with Max price of 60k I get 2 results? Why are the two cars under 60k not showing up when I put in 65k max?
 
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gene

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I have Kemper insurance in california. My S85 was $900 per year full coverage. My Model 3 is $700 per year. I do get the discount as my home is also insured with Kemper. My agent is Brad Barnes Calguard in Ventura, ca.

Given the choice, I’d take an S over a 3.
 

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