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Trading in Model S for a 3: Tesla-CPO candidate or Third Party?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by canyondrive, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. canyondrive

    canyondrive Member

    May 23, 2015
    Northern California
    I think my MS 70D AP1 would qualify for a CPO, but I vaguely understand you don't get top dollar trading in cars at Tesla stores. The cars people traded in might have been non-Teslas though. Would that be the case for CPO-candidate Teslas as well?

    I know people would value CPOs more than Teslas at buy here pay here lots, but if Tesla bites me so hard and make it a CPO there is no benefit for me trading in at Tesla.

    I know I get more if I were to sell cars on my own, I did before and it was annoying. I don't have time/patience/social skills to go through private sale, but I was thinking of using one of those new online used car brokers instead. If they don't work, then I guess CarMax. I could trade it in at Tesla since I'm getting another Tesla if they appraise well, but I have a feeling others come higher.

    Anybody have similar experience or opinions?
  2. skitch23

    skitch23 Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Chandler/Tempe, AZ
    You can always get more selling via private party. If you opt to trade it in, get a quote from Carmax as Tesla is likely to match it. That way you at least get the benefit of paying slightly less tax on your new ride.

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