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Used Model S: CPO vs. Private Seller

Discussion in 'Model S' started by BrandonG, Aug 31, 2017.

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  1. BrandonG

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    This post is for current or former used Model S owners. I recently procured a 2013 P85 through CPO after seriously considering a 2014 P85 that was $5K more on Craigslist. Both had similar miles and 4 year extended warranties. I'm interested to hear how those who have a used model S feel about their buying experience. While my wife is very happy I purchased through Tesla, I'm wondering if you really get more assurance the car is in good shape. I know they perform the 200 point inspection, but can't anyone get that done on a privately purchased vehicle for $1,200? My main issue with going through the CPO is the wait. Putting aside my impatience, I am curious why it would take 6-8 weeks (with me picking it up) to inspect and refurbish a car that has never been wrecked, salvaged, etc. Also, through a private seller you can get services records. For some reason Tesla can't provide these, which seems odd if they bought the car back from someone who only had service work done through them. I know you take a bigger risk of getting a raw deal through a private dealer, but that seems to be greatly alleviated when you are getting a car with the 4 year extended warranty. Do any used Model S owners on either side of the coin have any feedback as to which is the better way to go for future purchases?

    Thanks!

    Brandon
     
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    thats hard to say, i dont think it matters, it can go both ways. each car will vary depending on previous ownership or for the CPO's, the people driving the loaners.

    an advantage i see going private party is that you can actually see what youre getting before buying it
     
  3. BrandonG

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    I agree. It is nice getting to see/drive the car before you buy it. But I guess I'm safe going through the CPO. Tesla wouldn't stay in business long if they sold used lemons for $50K.
     
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    I believe there's a deductible you have to pay for warranty issues with the extended warranty whereas cpo warranty has none.
     
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    I did that 2 years ago: bought from someone an MS with 100'000 km on it. So far so good. As already said, you see in advance what you get. Plus you can talk to the previous owner, which you can't with a CPO. And in principle, you save a part of the Tesla margin (i.e. you pay something between the amount Tesla would have given to the guy and the price they resell it.) The warranty is a bit longer with a CPO, so you take the risk when you buy from someone, and repairs are not cheap. So it's hard to tell. But I'm very satisfied so far.
     
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    I hope you're right about the CPO warranty. I thought the deductible applied to all used Teslas. I'll double check with my advisor.
     
  7. BrandonG

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    Yeah, the seeing the vehicle and talking to the previous owner before hand is a big advantage. I'm not too worried about the price, because the CPO deal was cheaper than just about any private deal I've seen and it had the 4 year extended warranty. What year and type did you buy? Glad it's been good to you.
     
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    I'm in the same boat as well. Had a few questions if anyone could help out.

    Would the original warranty transfer to new owner if purchased in a private sale?

    Would you be able to take a private party vehicle to a tesla service center and get an inspection before purchasing? I would gladly pay for short term piece of mind.

    If the extended warranty is not purchased at the time of the sale, can the second buyer purchase it?

    Not getting a lot of feedback from Tesla on this so I appreciate any help!

    Thanks!!

    Michael
     
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    Yes, original warranty transfers

    Yes, at least my local Tesla dealer was willing to inspect (with an appointment)

    Yes, second buyer can purchase extended warranty, as Lon as it has never been in the hands of a 3rd party dealer.

    Good Luck!
     
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    In my case, I was not allowed to buy the extended warranty because the car was well over 80 000 km (50 000 miles). I could only buy it if the car was still covered by the original. I'm now passed the mileage warranty of the extended warranty and it would have not been worth it, I paid less in repairs (~4500 CAD in 2 years, less than on my 8 y.o. Siena actually!)
     
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    That's true. I should have been clearer. If the extended warranty was still available to the first owner, it should be available to the second (<4 years old and <50k mi)
     
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    So far I've not paid any deductible or anything I've brought in.
     

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