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What Should I do? Dealer Inventory or Used?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by mjeagent, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. mjeagent

    mjeagent Member

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    Would like the opinion of forum members. First, I have little patience in terms of waiting to purchase a vehicle so ordering is not an option. My local dealership has located a fully loaded black on black that would be here by the end of the month. I provided them with the $2,500 deposit and have submitted all the financing information and have approval. Discount was about $4,500 and with the $1,000 code it puts the total price of the vehicle at $144,450. Just yesterday I located a used 2016 Signature Model X a few states away that has about 1,000 miles on it that I could get for $130,000. Has all of the options on it that the black one has just a different exterior and wheel color. I assume it wasn't put through all of the 'ludicrous' launches that the inventory/test drive vehicle probably was.

    Should I opt for the Signature model because of the cost savings and ability to get it sooner or should I wait on the dealer inventory vehicle? Not too familiar with the Signature model other than that comes pretty fully loaded. Are these more sought after and might hold their value better/longer?
     
  2. NathanWolf

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    I would suspect there's a market for people interested in getting the Signature branding- at only a 1000 miles it might be worthwhile. I've looked over the Tesla "new" inventory and many of them have that many miles on them anyway (have you asked the milage of the one at the dealer?)

    Also if you are to get the Signature model, you'd lose your deposit correct? I guess just factor that into the price- it seems like a pretty good deal but honestly I'm not sure.
     
  3. aesculus

    aesculus Still Trying to Figure this All Out

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    Well some of the early Model X's had their issues. At this point most if not all of that could have been repaired but ...

    What are the VINs they are offering up?
     
  4. Az_Rael

    Az_Rael Active Member

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    Are you eligible for the federal tax credit at all? That would take another $7500 off the inventory X.
     
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  5. esk8mw

    esk8mw Active Member

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    Personally, I'd opt for the inventory car. The Sigs were the earliest builds and therefore are likely to have the most early production problems. Later builds like the inventory car are much more likely to have higher build quality.
     
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    jeffro01 Active Member

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    Same here... The sig builds have the nice badging but for reliability and build quality reasons, I'd stay away from them...

    Jeff
     
  7. richrootes

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    Issues or not, Tesla will fix them - save some money, go for the Signature
     
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  8. GFORCED

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    Better off with inventory car.
     
  9. TexasEV

    TexasEV Active Member

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    You don't have a local dealership. Tesla has stores and service centers. That's one of the best things about Tesla-- you buy direct from Tesla, no dealers.
     
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  10. gaswalla

    gaswalla P4201/85/airsusp/pano/19i

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    Federal tax credit on the inventory car makes this a simple decision - it's better built and exactly what op wants at essentially same price.
    Yes, tesla will fix every issue with the sig - been there done that - it's quite a hassle
     
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  11. mjeagent

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    Interesting point about the badging. I know that it says "Signature" on the screen but where else is there Signature model badging?
     
  12. madodel

    madodel X at the end of a rainbow

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    "Signature" is on the chrome strip across the rear that also has TESLA on the back and also on the side marker badges on both right and left front fenders. All are difficult to see from a distance. Is the Signature Sig Red? If so that would be something of a collector item as there apparently will not be any more Signature versions, at least of the Model 3, so presumably that color will be retired.
     
  13. mjeagent

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    No, not red.
     
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    All - thanks for your feedback - much appreciated. I believe you have convinced me to wait on the dealer inventory car. I happened to get an email this morning stating that they have "begun the process for arranging transport." The vehicle will be coming from New England area to Northern Virginia. Any feel for how long the wait will be now?
     
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    does that include;
    wind noise?
    body / molding alignment?
    windshield ghosting?
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  16. markn455

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    Tesla will fix everything even replace the windshield if it has the ghosting problem. If it were me and the MX was the "Signature Red" in color I would be really tempted to get it. If it's not the Signature Red, then I would just get the inventory car and leverage the Federal Tax Credit. Oh, any you can use MY referral code and save yourself another $1,000. :)
     
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  17. aesculus

    aesculus Still Trying to Figure this All Out

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    Wind noise and body molding alignment seem to be taken care of mostly when people report it and are diligent.

    Unfortunately I see no change on the ghosting issue. It appears all the cars may have it and seating position seems to be the biggest factor in it being an issue or not.
     
  18. ModelXBoy

    ModelXBoy No More Door Captain of TMC! Oh Yeah Baby!

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    I will not go with any signature model or even any VIN under 3000, just to be safe. You want to check those things because having intermittent door issues, body panel alignment issues, FWD issues, window issues are more than enough to stay away from them. If i were you, get the inventory car with VIN later than 3000. Good luck!
     
  19. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    TexasEV, +1, He's a newbie. But good to get him on the right verbal path early.
     
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