I'm coming close to buying a MS. This year, it would at best be very difficult to get any benefit from the tax credit. I'm very hesitant about buying new, as I feel like I would be throwing that money away. I'm looking to keep the car for at least 5+ years, likely longer. AP is a must-have. I went to a Tesla Store, but the product specialist I spoke to knew little about the tax credits, instead giving me the phone number of someone who might know more. I thought I might have better luck here. The way I see it, I have 4 options:  Buy a new MS (all cash or financed), pay MSRP, and lose out on the $7,500 tax credit. But, I get a brand new car, zero miles, with a full warranty.  Lease a new MS. With this, the tax credit gets applied to the residual value, so I essentially lose the tax credit if I keep the car after the 3 years. But as with buying new, I get a brand new car, zero miles, with a full warranty. And I get protection against outdated technology, if a better Tesla comes out in the next 3 years.  Buy a used CPO MS. It wouldn't be new, but much/most of the tax credit would (presumably) be built into the price. Unlike buying used elsewhere, I would get a 4-year 50K warranty, which would be very nice on a used car. But, it seems that there are very few CPO MS's with AP (none the past few times I've looked).  Buying a used MS, not from Tesla. Part/all of the tax credit might be built into the price. A used MS with AP is hard to come by at a good price, however, and likely would have no warranty beyond what was left on the original warranty. I understand that AP is new, and supply/demand with the tax credits may make benefiting from them without taking them directly nearly impossible. So I simply may be out of luck. But are there other possibilities that I may be overlooking?