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What Will My 2014 Model S Be Worth in 2 Years?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by USARocks, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. USARocks

    USARocks New Member

    Apr 20, 2016
    I'm in the process of purchasing a used 2014 Model S from an auto dealer.

    Specs are:
    2014 Model S 60 -- build date June, 2014 -- $69,900
    16,000 miles
    60 kWh battery - included
    Special paint color -- $750
    Panoramic roof -- $2,500
    19" wheels -- included
    Leather seats -- $1,500
    Parking Sensors -- $500
    Obeche Wood Matte Decor Accents -- $650
    Tech Package -- $3,750
    Standard Suspension -- Included
    Supercharging -- $2,000
    Black Brake Calipers -- Included
    Single Charger -- Included
    Destination/Doc Fees -- $1,170
    (before you ask -- no autopilot as it is too early)

    The car still has 26 months and 34,000 miles on the original bumper to bumper warranty
    plus the longer battery/drive train warranty.

    I am purchasing the car for $59,000 which I feel is a fairly good price as the car is in excellent

    My wife has already found someone who says they will give us $64,000 for the car. Tempting
    to make $5,000.

    I'm trying to figure out approximately what we might be able to sell the car for if we keep it
    for about two years? I realize that's a hard question to answer as there are tons of variables.
    But I'm hoping some of you who are experts when it comes to Tesla history and pricing might
    be able to share your thoughts. My guess is that we will drive it 12-14,000 miles a year, so
    in April of 2018, it might have a total mileage of 44,000 miles.

    We are planning to purchase two model 3's and I was one of the first ten who put down a deposit
    in Las Vegas, so I'm hoping we will be in the first 3 months or so once they start shipping them
    in (hopefully) early 2018. I've been told by several Tesla people that our name will move up the
    priority list for the Model 3 by owning a Model S, even if it is used.

    I only wish there was a way to still purchase the additional 4 year/50k extended warranty, in
    which case we'd probably keep the car longer.

    I'm curious what readers on the forum think of the price we paid for the car, and thoughts
    on what your crystal ball says we should be able to sell the car in about two years.

    Thanks very much!!
  2. tonglaji

    tonglaji Member

    Feb 24, 2016
    cary, nc
    This someone must be out of his mind. I would take a base S70 any day over this car for about the same price. And I will have auto pilot plus a bigger battery.

    And I think you are paying too much, too. But that depends on how much you value the options like glass roof, etc.
  3. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

    Jun 24, 2014
    Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
    Seems like a good price today and it's a good build time. The battery will hurt resale big time in two years. I bet that by then, their smallest battery will a 90 at the very least. And it doesn't have autopilot. That could be a killer right there.

    It's really hard because Tesla has changed the car resale paradigm. I fear that their cars will depreciate in the future more like tech products do because they are making so many revisions so quickly that the cars are obsolete almost immediately, like tech products. Yes, they still have value. But it is awfully hard to calculate it, compared to fossil cars, which many essentially are the same model for 2-3-4 years, aside from some minor tweaks. One thing that could help resale is that they are so easily upgraded over the air. I was amazingly lucky in that I just happened to get autopilot because they added into the production stream. I literally made it by 3 days! I'd be really bummed now if I didn't have it. It is truly amazing. Truly.

    Your buying used, at what looks on the surface to be a good price, will help you a lot. But honestly, expect that car to be yesterday's news in two years. It is partially there now because of no AP. However, make sure to consider the huge savings in gas that you will have. Even at your 12-14K/yr, it will add up. It costs me approx 4.50 to drive 250mi if if I have to pay for all my charging at home, which I usually do. But my road trips are free when using superchargers. It used to cost me 40-65, depending upon gas prices. Yes, they are low now. They will go up.

    If I were to buy a used one now, I would get pretty much everything you have but with an 85 pack and AP. I think the range and the AP are huge differentiators compared to what you are looking at. How much are they worth. Please see above!o_O

    Good luck!
  4. Edmond

    Edmond Permanon

    Mar 5, 2016
    The lack of dual motor is at least as important as the pack.
  5. SageBrush

    SageBrush 2018: Drain the Sewer

    May 7, 2015
    I am not a Model 'S' expert so take with a grain of salt ..

    60 kWh pack sounds like ~ base model two years ago. Then features added.

    In two years some of the features will be included in the base, the starting pack size will likely be larger, and in general the base model will be cheaper. Your 4 year old car will be compared to a new car price and then (my WAG) ~ 60% taken off.
  6. daxz

    daxz Member

    Nov 15, 2011
    Denver, CO
    My guess of year 4 value is $42K to $36K.
    $42K = (0.86^year) * basePrice +(0.7^year) * optionsPrice

    basePrice = $71,100, Options = $11,620
    Year(2) ~= $58,280
    .86 = 14% depreciation per year - this makes it work what you are willing to pay now
    .7 = 30% depreciation on options -- as other have stated without newest tech options it may be as high as 50% depreciation

    But these all these numbers above don't take into account the federal tax credit someone took. BasePrice = $71,100 - $7,500
    it should be:
    Year(2) ~= 56,400 -- price it should be now (with lower mileage 59K is not out of line)
    Year(4) ~= 39,400

    With a 50% options depreciation rate and tax credit it should be:
    Year(2) = $52K + some for lower mileage
    Year(4) = $36K

    Depreciation Infographic: How Fast Does My New Car Lose Value?
  7. RogerHScott

    RogerHScott Active Member

    Mar 2, 2016
    Lafayette, IN
    The good news for Model S owners (who, for whatever inscrutable reason, might consider selling their cars while
    they're still running ;)) is that the supply of Model 3s, relative to demand, will be so scarce for so long that the
    existence of Model 3 is unlikely to depress used Model S prices for quite some time. No one who decides they'd
    like to own a Tesla in 2018 or even 2019 will be able to go out and buy a Model 3 (for near-term delivery), so if they
    want a sub-$50k Tesla their only choice will be a used Model S -- if they can even find one of those! :)
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  8. sorka

    sorka Active Member

    Feb 28, 2015
    Merced, CA
    Geez, and in the other thread today from the guys selling hist prestine 2014 P85 with 37K miles on it is being told by everyone it's only worth $55K.

    Honestly $60K is WAY too much for any used S60. A brand new 2016 S70 (rwd) can be bought in California for $61.5K after the tax incentives and rebates. Adding the pano roof and premium package (equivalent to the tech pacakge before auto pilot) and it's only $66K.....and you still get crash avoidance and parking sensors.

    For less than $10K more you can have a brand new faster version with more range and more bells and whistles. It's a no brainer.
  9. Electroman

    Electroman Active Member

    Aug 18, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    That price is a bit too high for a 60
  10. davidc18

    davidc18 Active Member

    Apr 25, 2015
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Think you are crazy for paying that much. Get an inventory 70 instead.
  11. csshih

    csshih whirrrr

    Oct 5, 2015
    San Jose, CA
    Oh absolutely not. That's insane.

    I'll provide you two real life quotes.

    First one: Sept 2014 Model S60 with AP, 13K miles, Tesla resale price 55.4K (INCLUDING EXTENDED WARRANTY)
    Model S $69,900
    Grey Metallic Paint $750
    Obeche Wood Gloss Décor $650
    Tech Package $3,750
    Parking Sensors $500
    Tan Nappa Leather Seats $1,500
    Destination and regulatory documentation fee $1,170
    Total $78,220

    19% but with 4 years of extended warranty through Tesla.

    Second one: Sept 2014 Model S85 with AP, 23K Miles, 70K through private party
    Model S $69,900
    85 kWh Battery $10,000
    Blue Paint $750
    All Glass Panoramic Roof $2,500
    Premium Interior Lighting $1,000
    Grey Performance Leather Seats $2,500
    Parking Sensors $500
    Fog Lamps $500
    21" Silver Wheels $4,500
    Obeche Wood Matt Decor Accents $650
    Tech Package $3,750
    Ultra High Fidelity Sound Package $2,500
    Smart Air Suspension $2,250
    Rear Facing Seats $2,500
    Parcel Shelf INCLUDED
    Supercharging INCLUDED
    Black Brake Calipers INCLUDED
    Twin Chargers $1,500
    Yacht Floor $500
    Subzero Weather Package $750
    Destination and Regulatory Doc Fee $1,170
    Total $107,720

    Approx price reduction after 10K rebates.. 29%

    Truly make sure they will actually pay that much. I don't think they know what they're buying. Perhaps they're expecting a P90DL for that price.

    59,000/(82,720-7,500) = roughly a 22% discount (because you don't get a 2.5K rebate through the state).
    The problem is:
    Not getting AP, which in terms of resale is worth about $5,000-10,000, IMHO, from when I was obsessively following Model Ss on the resale market. Tesla doesn't have formal model years, but yours not having AP basically puts it into the 2012-2014 category.

    Resale in 2 years is going to royally suck, especially with the model 3 potentially coming out.. it will be a cheaper and more technologically advanced car.

    Not getting the whole 4 year warranty (the huge discount on the 70K car basically reflects that)

    I personally would not pay over $50K for that vehicle. YMMV. Opinions are just that :)
  12. tonglaji

    tonglaji Member

    Feb 24, 2016
    cary, nc
    That was a 2012 model, and the warranty is almost gone.
  13. JPUConn

    JPUConn Member

    Aug 11, 2014
    Walk from this car. It is a bad deal.

    Call Moe at Tesla hq and ask him what's sitting on the lot waiting for CPO to come online and you will be happy you waited.
  14. sorka

    sorka Active Member

    Feb 28, 2015
    Merced, CA
    That may be, but I'd still pay more for the 2012 P85 with 4 years left on it's infinite mile drive unit and battery warranty, than a a 2014 S60 with 6 years on 88K miles warranty. 0-60 of 5.9 vs 0-60 of 4.0 and a lot more range. Also a no brainer.
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  15. MDMGSO47

    MDMGSO47 Member

    Apr 18, 2016
    Greensboro, NC USA
    I am interested in seeing what happens to value of the first Model S when they near their battery warranty expiration
  16. sorka

    sorka Active Member

    Feb 28, 2015
    Merced, CA
    That will of course depend on the failure rate of the crop of DU that's in that particular car and how far down in cost new batteries have come.

    Hopefully Tesla will have replacements in 6 years from cells made in the GF made at scale that will bring the $22K current pack price down to less than $10K.
  17. zer0cool

    zer0cool Member

    Apr 26, 2015
    charlotte, nc
    Shitty deal. Go buy a 2013 85 in the 50's, much better than any 60.
  18. TaoJones

    TaoJones Beyond Driven

    Nov 10, 2014
    The Americas
    What's a 3-year old Model S worth? About 48% according to the Guaranteed Resale Value calculation, less any mileage hit. Add as much as 7% if sold privately.

    Call it half. This doesn't have to be hard.
  19. Zaphod

    Zaphod Galaxy President (former)

    Dec 10, 2015
    Austin, TX
    Not to burst your bubble, but I agree with the consensus of others and you already paid too much. I think if you can honestly sell it for 64K, do it now. I think fair value on that car is mid to low 50s right now. After 2 years probably looking at mid to low 30s. But really all depends on how reliability and out of warranty costs pan out over time.
  20. valkeriefire

    valkeriefire Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    Las Vegas
    I agree with the other comments. $59k is way too much for 60kw. Low 50s is more likely. The mileage on it isn't low either. I've been shopping a lot for Teslas and you can get a nice 85kw one for high 50s if you look around.

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