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zambono

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My sales guy in DC said that in MD the trade in value is deducted from the sale price for tax purposes but everywhere I have seen that is not the case. Can someone confirm who purchased and registered in MD, thanks
 

Vrrooom

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That is correct.

If you buy a new car for $80k and trade in a car at $40k, you pay sales tax of 6% on $40k. This only applies to cars traded in to dealers, so I'm not sure if it would work with a Tesla as it isn't a dealer.
 

zambono

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That is correct.

If you buy a new car for $80k and trade in a car at $40k, you pay sales tax of 6% on $40k. This only applies to cars traded in to dealers, so I'm not sure if it would work with a Tesla as it isn't a dealer.

Thanks, Is this a relatively new law because everywhere I have checked online MD is a state where one pays on the full amount.
 

Vrrooom

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Its been this way for a few years in MD. Going back to at least 2012. But relatively new... not more than 8-10 years. The other benefit of buying a new Tesla and registering in MD is you get an additional state incentive over the federal.
 
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CatB

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I think it depends on where you're a resident, not where you purchase the car. I could be completely wrong, but when I bought 3 years ago, I thought it would be fun to take delivery in California at the factory and then drive it back , but it turns out I would have had to pay California sales tax, then pay MD sales tax all over again when I registered the car in MD. And I don't think I would have been eligible for California and MD incentives.
 

Vrrooom

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I think it depends on where you're a resident, not where you purchase the car. I could be completely wrong, but when I bought 3 years ago, I thought it would be fun to take delivery in California at the factory and then drive it back , but it turns out I would have had to pay California sales tax, then pay MD sales tax all over again when I registered the car in MD. And I don't think I would have been eligible for California and MD incentives.

That's correct- it is where you are a resident. Military folk excluded- not exactly sure how all of their tax things work out.
 

78Lion

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Yes and it applies to tesla also. If you do private sale however, you won't get this tax reduction.
This is well known by both the dealers others you might trade your car into (CarMax, Nico buys cars, etc). It takes some time, but I've always found getting quotes from separate "buy my car" places will give you a pretty good idea of the best price you can get. Then take that amount to the dealership and demand they match it. The will always come back with what they will pay + the tax savings = the best price you got elsewhere. Simply tell them that they aren't giving you any incentive and if they want the car, they will come back with a better number. Any number better is the better deal.
 

Sir Guacamolaf

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This is well known by both the dealers others you might trade your car into (CarMax, Nico buys cars, etc). It takes some time, but I've always found getting quotes from separate "buy my car" places will give you a pretty good idea of the best price you can get. Then take that amount to the dealership and demand they match it. The will always come back with what they will pay + the tax savings = the best price you got elsewhere. Simply tell them that they aren't giving you any incentive and if they want the car, they will come back with a better number. Any number better is the better deal.

I got offers from 4 places, and Tesla. Lets call the 4, A,B,C,D .. D being the worst.
Tesla was 0.8*D. I called Tesla and said, hey are you sure!! And showed them the printed offers (they give you a couple of days to a week to decide). Tesla said, yeah this is our final offer. I was like .. c'mon seriously!? They said yep!

Sooooo... it all worked out for me in the end since I got a private sale offer 1 day before I picked my Model S, and 1 day before offer #A expired. Lucky me! But it was pure luck! I had only one private buyer come look at the car, and agreed to purchase it at not a stupid low price.

That said, one thing that I thought was not nice, Tesla doesn't give you a trade-in offer until after your Model S is confirmed. I don't like such tactics, I like things to be put forth on the table up front, and no cleverly worded contracts or timings. Anyway, it worked out in the long run, so I didn't sweat too much over it.

All that said, private sale is usually the best $ offer.
 

Sir Guacamolaf

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IMO unless your car is a total beater, private sell your car. Advertise it on multiple markets on craigslist, give it 2-3 months, it'll sell, and it's not SUCH a huge hassle. Despite the tax savings, you'll come ahead by private selling the car.
 

Galve2000

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I too think it is worth the trouble to look into a private sale, but everyone looks at this differently and there is no right answer.

For example, I took tesla financing with the buy back guarantee even tho it was 0.25% more expensive loanwise than what i got from a bunch of credit unions. but The CUs wanted to give my finances a proctology exam, and I didn't feel like subjecting myself to all of that.

The Tesla buyback guarantee was a factor too, but a small one since I hope to drive my 85D until the wheels fall off.

will I be paying about $1,000 in extra interest for this 0.25% hit?

but it's worth it to me in the end.

similarly, a private sale may only get u $2-3,000 more than the lowball Tesla trade-in offer... u gotta decide for yourself if it is worth it.
 

zambono

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For the quickness and not having to deal with people I went with the Tesla which gave me a fair offer plus the tax discount which adds up
 

Sir Guacamolaf

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@Sir Guacamolaf Glad it worked out well for you. Hope you're out driving (safely of course) Enjoy!

Thanks. I am loving my tesla and I am enjoying it safely. I'm a bit miffed about all the negative autopilot coverage on media outlets lately though. I feel safer with autopilot, than without autopilot. Not to change topics of course. Long story short I love my car.
 
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