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Transferring car to new owner

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Stoneymonster, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. Stoneymonster

    Stoneymonster Active Member

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    Hi Folks,

    Can anyone who has sold their Model S privately clue me in on the process of transferring the car to a new owner? I have the service plan and the ESA, both of which need to be transferred. The plan documentation lists a (long) procedure to transfer them but it neglects to say WHERE to send the $100 per plan transfer fee and "written evidence verifying all maintenance requirements have been met" (I assume service records? Which they already have electronically?).

    Also, I can't find any info on how to transfer the car to their teslamotors.com account so they can use the app etc.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Lloyd

    Lloyd Active Member

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    Call ownership, and they can help you with this. That said, when I sold my 2012, it took Tesla some time, 6 months! to get it all right. This was a new thing for them then, and I am assured that they have their procedures in place now.
     
  3. Crusoe

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    Stony, how long did your xfer end up taking? I hope they improved upon the 6 months or they'll be getting frequent calls.
     
  4. cottylowry

    cottylowry 2013 Model S

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    I bought the first used Tesla in Minnesota -- the State had never heard of the car when I tried to pay the sales tax.

    The transfer process was extremely simple and fast. I called the prior owner's service center in California and they expedited
    it for me, but I think the SC here in Minneapolis would have done the same. I was a little sheepish about calling the Mpls SC since it was a private sale, but this concern was completely unfounded -- they welcomed me with open arms.

    As I recall the seller submitted some kind of form with my name on it to his SCenter in California, I created my own Tesla website and within about 3 days I could log on and everything had transferred, extended warranty, etc. No problem whatsoever. Much easier than I expected. Sorry, I don't remember the $100.00 transfer fee, but again, it must have been easy.
     
  5. MrJones390

    MrJones390 Space Boat

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    I bought a used Tesla and had the owner call the service center and give authorization to put everything in my name. Still have 20,000 miles warranty left and have had the car in the service center twice -- everything free (either goodwill or warranty).

    Didn't need to pay any transfer fee or have any written evidence. A service center specialist signed into the previous owner's account and changed all info to me on the spot.
     
  6. Crusoe

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    I called after 5 days of submitting the proof and they transferred it the next morning. Good timing as my MS was getting shipped coast to coast and I obsessively tracked it.

    OT: Funny thing about the iPhone app, you'll get city and state on the main page but if you select Location, it would warp back to the last location it was actually driven.
     

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