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Used Tesla Model S Advice - tired of waiting on the refresh

mc14

Member
Mar 14, 2021
19
25
Omaha, NE
I am a first time Tesla owner (well potential owner) and I placed my model S refresh order in early Feb. I am tried of waiting and being without a car (renting a car for now so it's getting expensive).

I heard good things about a local dealer who carries a large number of used Tesla's, so thought I'd check it out. Maybe get a deal on a used performance vs waiting for my long range refresh. High level, are either of these two links to these cars a good deal? I have no idea what these were worth new or what the major differences are between the 2019 version and the refresh besides the obvious.

I assume the warranty would pass along to me but is there any other issues with buying used? I've never bought used anything, let alone a Tesla, so any advice would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

https://chargedautomotive.com/2019-...&mxyr=&slid=223&vid=180714&pg=1&ord=0&sort=od

https://chargedautomotive.com/2019-...&mxyr=&slid=223&vid=183037&pg=1&ord=0&sort=od
 

Tam

Well-Known Member
Nov 25, 2012
8,587
7,394
Visalia, CA
...used?....
By law, you get the rest of the 4 year/50,000 mile new car warranty so that is not the problem.

The ads say "Ludicrous" and "FSD".

These are software-enabled features and Tesla could unilaterally and accidentally remove them at any time. To get those back, you'll need to prove that those features were paid to Tesla. That means you need a receipt from Tesla like the "Motor Vehicle Purchase Agreement".

I would very much hesitant to buy those features without proof that they were paid to Tesla.

Since you never bought used, I don't think this is a good time to do it. I would continue to pay the known risk of the expense of the car rental rather than to take on the used car risk.
 

doubleshot

Member
Mar 8, 2021
209
412
Marietta, GA
Look. These you're looking at are the same as the new LR. Just wait and get a new. Interest rates alone will make it easy to justify your rental car right now.
 

mc14

Member
Mar 14, 2021
19
25
Omaha, NE
By law, you get the rest of the 4 year/50,000 mile new car warranty so that is not the problem.

The ads say "Ludicrous" and "FSD".

These are software-enabled features and Tesla could unilaterally and accidentally remove them at any time. To get those back, you'll need to prove that those features were paid to Tesla. That means you need a receipt from Tesla like the "Motor Vehicle Purchase Agreement".

I would very much hesitant to buy those features without proof that they were paid to Tesla.

Since you never bought used, I don't think this is a good time to do it. I would continue to pay the known risk of the expense of the car rental rather than to take on the used car risk.
Thanks a lot for the good information. Really appreciate it.
 

doubleshot

Member
Mar 8, 2021
209
412
Marietta, GA
Haha. I've said a few times on here. It's so damn hard to wait. This is the first car I have bought where I didn't walk into a showroom and walk out with it.

But this I'll make an exception because I knew when I ordered they were in the middle of retooling. Many forum members ordered in October and have yet to get an update. But once Tesla ramps up. We'll get our cars soon.

Not to mention I can't stand the horizontal screen in the prerefresh ones. Haha
 

cubsnlinux

Member
Mar 16, 2021
130
234
USA
Haha. I've said a few times on here. It's so damn hard to wait. This is the first car I have bought where I didn't walk into a showroom and walk out with it.

But this I'll make an exception because I knew when I ordered they were in the middle of retooling. Many forum members ordered in October and have yet to get an update. But once Tesla ramps up. We'll get our cars soon.

Not to mention I can't stand the horizontal screen in the prerefresh ones. Haha
You mean the vertical screen in the pre-refreshed versions.
 

elptxjc

Member
Dec 15, 2019
752
142
El Paso, TX
Those prices are ridiculous; I'm sure even higher than when brand new. So it makes zero sense to buy used, and then you get the decreased warranty, and run the risk of some of the features you'd be paying for getting disabled by Tesla. If I was going to even consider used, the only way I'd do it was to give Tesla the VIN, and hear from them that the car in question had the equipment the ad is claiming. They should be able to confirm that, without divulging any previous owner information. But maybe they won't do that, just to make it harder for owners to sell outside Tesla dealers. Who knows.
 

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