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Used Model S Buyers Guide

Dat Dude23

Member
Nov 20, 2019
9
6
New Jersey
So at the time of creating this post, the 21/22 MS isn't out yet but hopefully will be delivered by the summer. I'm guessing if that happens there will be a flood of used MS hitting the market. I'd really like to set up a place where we can have an MS-used checklist of sorts. Currently, it seems that the Tesla site has the best inventory but the scariest purchasing process. All the posted vehicles I've seen only have generic graphic photos and you can not see pictures of the vehicle before purchasing it. With this kind of process, you may ask yourself, "why would I buy a used MS from Tesla?" The unfortunate truth is in the end they are the only sellers you can trust when it comes to the features of the vehicle. I've seen many stories of people purchasing vehicles from dealers thinking or even know the vehicle has certain features but are turned off as soon as ownership is transferred. The Tesla community is such a great community and I hope this post can help everyone. I'm hoping through this post we can even help people find the cars they are looking for. In the end, we all like EVs for various reasons and would want anyone who wants to experience an EV, the ability to do so. I'll do my best to update the categories and add new ones to help everyone out. If you have any input, please post it. By the way, I'm not affiliated with anyone for anything, just thought this would really help. Off the top of my head I can think of three main categories:

What Features Are Available

75/D
85/D
90/D
P90D
100D
Long Range
P100D

Where To Buy


What Issues To Look For

Exterior
Body Gaps!!!!!​
MS w/Sunroof seal damage and water leaking​
Headlights failure​
Presenting door handle failure​
Rear Hatch water leaking​
Degradation of the Battery​
Lose of Supercharging​
Interior
Molding Separation​
Yellowing around the main display​
Some features not being available unless you have MCU2​
Malfunctioning Cameras​
 

Ostrichsak

Active Member
Sep 6, 2018
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Colorado, USA
If your vehicle search rules out all sources of used Model S options other than directly from Tesla you're experience is going to end poorly. I would "search" this and other forums for the myriad of reasons why this is the current common understanding in the community. Even Tesla doesn't want to be in the used car biz.
 

Crutonius

Member
Sep 12, 2020
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160
Salt Lake City, Utah
If your vehicle search rules out all sources of used Model S options other than directly from Tesla you're experience is going to end poorly. I would "search" this and other forums for the myriad of reasons why this is the current common understanding in the community. Even Tesla doesn't want to be in the used car biz.

Agreed. I think the best source for a used S is directly from the previous owner at this point. They'll actually give you real pictures of the car.
 

Dat Dude23

Member
Nov 20, 2019
9
6
New Jersey
If your vehicle search rules out all sources of used Model S options other than directly from Tesla you're experience is going to end poorly. I would "search" this and other forums for the myriad of reasons why this is the current common understanding in the community. Even Tesla doesn't want to be in the used car biz.
Hi Ostrichsak,

You make a very good point. The links I post were just some helpful places I've used to search.
 
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JimmyB

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Sep 7, 2014
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Washington, DC
I went down this rabbit hole for a while when I was looking. I put together a checklist in a google doc and everything. There are so many permutations - and potential issues - that it stopped being fun … and then I found the car I was looking for anyway, so I never finished it.

This page Tesla Motors Club Wiki - options by year from the TMC Wiki is pretty helpful in figuring out feature availability
 

Dat Dude23

Member
Nov 20, 2019
9
6
New Jersey
I went down this rabbit hole for a while when I was looking. I put together a checklist in a google doc and everything. There are so many permutations - and potential issues - that it stopped being fun … and then I found the car I was looking for anyway, so I never finished it.

This page Tesla Motors Club Wiki - options by year from the TMC Wiki is pretty helpful in figuring out feature availability
Thank you!! This very helpful.
 

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