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Trade in for new or buy AP to my Model 3

gdgtgeek

Member
Sep 12, 2019
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Atlanta
So I bought a used Model 3 (LR AWD) last month. It did not come with AP (or FSD). The cost differential vs buying a brand new one was about 4500. The car was built in 10/18. At that time, I was under the impression that I could retroactively add EAP or buy AP for 2000 and FSD for 3000 on top of that.
However, it turns out that the special pricing was only for those who bought this around the first half of March 2019. Since then, pricing for AP is 3000 and FSD is 6000.

I can trade in to tesla and purchase a brand new model 3 for about an extra $4500 (after the $1875 tax credit, no state credit in GA), or keep my car and purchase the AP for $3000 (thus saving about $1500).

What would you do?
 

DirtyT3sla

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Apr 17, 2019
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Holly
So I bought a used Model 3 (LR AWD) last month. It did not come with AP (or FSD). The cost differential vs buying a brand new one was about 4500. The car was built in 10/18. At that time, I was under the impression that I could retroactively add EAP or buy AP for 2000 and FSD for 3000 on top of that.
However, it turns out that the special pricing was only for those who bought this around the first half of March 2019. Since then, pricing for AP is 3000 and FSD is 6000.

I can trade in to tesla and purchase a brand new model 3 for about an extra $4500 (after the $1875 tax credit, no state credit in GA), or keep my car and purchase the AP for $3000 (thus saving about $1500).

What would you do?

If those prices are accurate 100% trade it
 

glide

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Jun 6, 2018
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3,449
USA
Are there no registration/DMV fees when titling a new vehicle where you live?

Have sales tax and destination fees been factored in?
 

tvad

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Jun 30, 2019
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972
California
If you're happy with your present Model 3...it doesn't have defects that nag you (rattles, paint issues, etc)...you like the color and wheels, then I'd keep it and spend the $3k.

Buying a new Model 3 could open a can of worms regarding factory defects that require service department correction.
 

gdgtgeek

Member
Sep 12, 2019
27
22
Atlanta
It's obvious that if I can save $1,500, that would be my choice. Is there any other alternative to let me save even more?
Not get AP and save more. I drive to work about 30 miles each way in stop and go traffic and am thinking that AP would be valuable. Don't care that much about FSD.
Another option is to wait a few months and see if there are any incentives in Dec (like free upgrades/ free supercharger miles) and then do the trade in (depending on trade in value offered at that point in time).
 

gdgtgeek

Member
Sep 12, 2019
27
22
Atlanta
Are there no registration/DMV fees when titling a new vehicle where you live?

Have sales tax and destination fees been factored in?
All of those have been factored in. GA does one time TAVT of 7%, no sales tax (title fee is 200 on top of that). On a trade in TAVT is based on the difference in new price vs old price.
 
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gdgtgeek

Member
Sep 12, 2019
27
22
Atlanta
In hindsight, I think I got swept up in the excitement of buying this amazing car that if I had waited for a couple of weeks, I could have taken advantage of the early Sept upgrades and freebies and ended up being better off. Oh well...
 

gdgtgeek

Member
Sep 12, 2019
27
22
Atlanta
If you're happy with your present Model 3...it doesn't have defects that nag you (rattles, paint issues, etc)...you like the color and wheels, then I'd keep it and spend the $3k.

Buying a new Model 3 could open a can of worms regarding factory defects that require service department correction.
No such issues. The previous owner did tire rotation only once (right before he sold it) which means that fronts are at 5/32 and rears are at 8/32 which means I will need new tires in about a year. So if you factor that cost in.. probably weighs towards trading it in.
Does tesla care whether the car has AP or not when I trade it in? In other words, do they usually hold to the trade in estimate they provide upfront?
 

tvad

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Jun 30, 2019
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972
California
Is the new car you are shopping for the same model (LR AWD) as your present used car, and is the new car equipped identically to your present car with the exception of AP?
 

Tam

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Nov 25, 2012
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Visalia, CA
...Does tesla care whether the car has AP or not when I trade it in? In other words, do they usually hold to the trade in estimate they provide upfront?

Of course! They deduct whatever features that are missing and not activated as well as the assumption that you've got incentives even in reality that you did not!
 

gdgtgeek

Member
Sep 12, 2019
27
22
Atlanta
Is the new car you are shopping for the same model (LR AWD) as your present used car, and is the new car equipped identically to your present car with the exception of AP?
Current car is black with 18" wheel. I dont really care that much about the color, I would just go with the white. The color I want is Blue, so if early Dec they offer incentives (2 free upgrades), then I would use one to get the color and potentially the other one to upgrade the wheels to the 19"
 

gdgtgeek

Member
Sep 12, 2019
27
22
Atlanta
Of course! They deduct whatever features that are missing and not activated as well as the assumption that you've got incentives even in reality that you did not!
So you are saying that the price they provided would be reduced by $3k to account for the fact that the car is missing AP? If that is the case, I would want to know that upfront.
 

mreynolds767

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Jul 11, 2019
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Boston
Telsa usually does not offer a good trade in value for used Telsa's so your cost difference is surprising to me. I would definitely try and get confirmation of the trade in amount.
In my experience with an older car of a different brand, the number generated on their computer was exactly what they offered later.
I went to CarMax who offered a little more and Telsa upped their offer to match it.
My car was going to go to auction though, they may treat a car for their own fleet very differently.

Not sure why they are offering so much in your case, but waiting a couple of months could result in that offer going way down.
 

gdgtgeek

Member
Sep 12, 2019
27
22
Atlanta
I have seen Tesla list CPO cars like mine at around 2-3k higher than what they offered me. Now to Tesla, adding AP to a car is a zero cost upgrade. They do not have any used inventory in ATL so maybe it is worth it for them to buy back? Just wishful thinking?
 

mreynolds767

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Jul 11, 2019
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Boston
In hindsight, I think I got swept up in the excitement of buying this amazing car that if I had waited for a couple of weeks, I could have taken advantage of the early Sept upgrades and freebies and ended up being better off. Oh well...

Keep in mind those freebies were used in ways they did not original intend. That program lasted a few days, before it ended. Plenty got a good deal but the program overall was a communications mess. If they do it again it, expect it to be handled far differently and not that likely you can get the exact combo you want with free stuff like paint, wheels, etc...
Also that started up mid Sept not early Sept.
Was announced on 9/13 ; was cancelled 9/16 though kind of remained in limited form the rest of the month.
 

mreynolds767

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Jul 11, 2019
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Boston
I have seen Tesla list CPO cars like mine at around 2-3k higher than what they offered me. Now to Tesla, adding AP to a car is a zero cost upgrade. They do not have any used inventory in ATL so maybe it is worth it for them to buy back? Just wishful thinking?

Worth it, no
But getting you to buy a new car and boost their Q4 delivery figure that might be the more important incentive to them.
 

gdgtgeek

Member
Sep 12, 2019
27
22
Atlanta
Keep in mind those freebies were used in ways they did not original intend. That program lasted a few days, before it ended. Plenty got a good deal but the program overall was a communications mess. If they do it again it, expect it to be handled far differently and not that likely you can get the exact combo you want with free stuff like paint, wheels, etc...
Also that started up mid Sept not early Sept.
Was announced on 9/13 ; was cancelled 9/16 though kind of remained in limited form the rest of the month.
My service adviser told me that I had to order prior to 9/10 to benefit from those, but I guess you are correct. Again, those would be additional incentives and not factored into my cost analysis above.
 

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