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WannabeOwner

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Going to chop in my 2016 Model-S for a new one because I want the greater range, and (at the high mileage I do) the car will be over 100K fairly soon ...

My plan was that if I sold it now there would be enough miles left to give a new owner some "comfort" ...

... but ... the R. Symons price (after commission deducted) is less than Tesla Trade-in (which, itself, is pretty lousy).

So I'll just hand it to Tesla ... unless ... what if I put it on eBay for a couple of £grand more than trade in price The car is wrapped (which Tesla trade in won't give me anything for) so paint is in v.good condition etc.

I have no idea how I would do a cash sale, and be sure to get the cash and promptly, and am conscious of a fair amount of potential hassle ... and I've got about a week until new one arrives (could push that back of course)

Suggestions welcome :)
 

pdk42

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I had the same dilemma when I bought my 3, but the trade in was my old BMW 335i touring. I decided to take the Tesla trade in price. It was probably £2k less than I might have got in a private sale, but given the timescales of the way Tesla do deliveries, I could only have realised that price if I'd been prepared to keep the car until it sold. There's risk and cost in that of course, so I reluctantly decided to take the Tesla offer. I guess that's how the used car market works!
 

gangzoom

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I have no idea how I would do a cash sale, and be sure to get the cash and promptly, and am conscious of a fair amount of potential hassle ... and I've got about a week until new one arrives (could push that back of course)

Unless you go mega cheap waiting for a private buyer for what I presume to be a £40k+ car will take ages. Took me 8 weeks to sell my old 335i privately, and that was for £16k car.

Had countless time wasters, and constant hassle of keeping it really clean in case someone turned up randomly to buy it.
 
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tonyj01

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Hi Wannabe,

I recall when you were a new member here!!

Not precisely relevant but www.tesla-info.com will give you some guide as to asking prices/values of your car in their listings.

I’m hoping to do the same thing as you in due course. I bought this car outright, will I return to leasing? Dunno.
 
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WannabeOwner

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Unless you go mega cheap waiting for a private buyer for what I presume to be a £40k+ car will take ages. Took me 8 weeks to sell my old 335i privately, and that was for £16k car.

Had countless time wasters, and constant hassle of keeping it really clean in case someone turned up randomly to buy it.

Thanks, that's exactly my expectation.

So my planned route is "Tesla are offering me £X, if it makes sense for anyone to offer me £X + £2K then let me know"

Probably will be zero takers ... in which case that's fine, Tesla can have it.

I recall when you were a new member here!!

I remember :)

I had a look on Jon's site. None my model, vintage, and mileage, but same model on sale by R. Symons with lower mileage gives me some glossy description-wording to consider :)

I bought this car outright, will I return to leasing?

I bought cash too, and will do this time. If there was a 1%-ish finance deal I'd take it, makes no sense to me at current levels.

I figure:

100K miles is the point to move it on, I don't want risk beyond that (but I would probably be happy with that risk, next time, with a "current" one)

I do 30K miles p.a.(car is below that by virtue of having been at Tesla's for a month at a time, here and there, in the early days when I figured they might fix some minor niggles, so I had 2 or 3 months of loaners which has reduced actual mileage.)

Going forwards my plan is to ditch the ICE backup. MS LR Raven will get me range for the few tricky business trips I currently use the ICE for.

Then I can also buy an M3 and split the business mileage between the two, so can give each car 6 - 10 years for 100K mileage, instead of 3 years on one.

Having two EVs and one of them at home, weekdays, will soak up excess PV too ...
 

DaveW

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I assume WBAC and similar (Evans Halshaw were always recommended on ICE forums) are even worse?

Might be worth a try if you haven't checked yet (maybe motorway .co,uk too - that I hear the annoying advert for on the radio), just give them an email address you seldom use or they'll be bothering you forever!
 
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Glan gluaisne

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Not sure if this is relevant, but I wanted to get a feel for how much my i3 was worth, so I could balance up the Tesla trade in offer with other options. The lowest price was Tesla, by a couple of thousand, WBAC and Wizzle were pretty much exactly the same. I've heard that Wizzle is slightly better than WBAC, in that they are less likely to start messing you about with a much lower offer when you take the car in. Not sure how true that is. Another thing I noticed was that after a week, WBAC increased the offer price. No idea why.
 
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Beady3647

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I'm really surprised that R Symons haven't beaten Tesla. They were a good 25% above Tesla offer when I sold in June. I know it doesn't help and I'm certain you already will have done so, but just in case see if they'll haggle. My experience with them was excellent
 

Rooster6655

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Forget any of the WBAC sites they will also knock off 1000s for random things, good thing about the Tesla price is they probably won’t even check the car.

I’d suggest firstly posting the details of the car on here in case someone is interested and secondly put the car on eBay.
 
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WannabeOwner

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any of the WBAC sites they will also knock off 1000s for random things

I had that with the one, and only, car I disposed of that way (didn't mind on that occasion)

But I'm surprised that Tesla's offer to me is significantly better than any of them, and also better than R. Symons (which I wasn't expecting)

Perhaps they want it (or its ilk) for some reason ...
 

MOBB

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Have you tried Wizzle?

ive had good offers from them before but not for Teslas, perhaps the market is a bit new for buyers to be confident

can’t hurt sticking it on Autotrader and eBay
 

WannabeOwner

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can’t hurt sticking it on Autotrader and eBay

I agree ... but not sure I want the hassle though. I have a vivid imagination of the likely Punters that might turn up ...

Had an RS4 nicked off the drive by an Autotrader ad respondent ... impressive job, now I look back on it, and kids (young at the time) street cred elevated as "Police had to scramble a chopper as they didn't have anything that could catch it" :)

How much will Tesla add to trade in price to forecourt it? (maybe: how little can they get away with adding? do they just want very high mileage, thus cheap, trade ins to expand the Loaner fleet maybe?). There is no other car on Tesla Info of that model with similar high mileage, will be interesting to see if mine appears there and what it lists for :)

If someone is interested enough to pay be £2K more than Trade In I'd be happy, but I figure any less than that, coupled with a significant number of interested people, time to prepare adverts, cost of advertising, the whole "how to get money that I can be sure of" ... don't suppose anyone is going to rock up with £40K in a suitcase, and not sure I would want to receive it that way; quite a lot of hassle / risk compared to trade disposal ...
 

gangzoom

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Good luck with your sale, I have to say if we weren't looking to do a stupid unnecessary house extension a sub £40k P90D S appeals much more to me than a £40k SR+ Model 3 - and we actually ordered one than cancelled!

Infact makes paying nearly £20k more for a near £60k P Model 3 look very over priced.

Am sure your love the Raven S, amazing how well Tesla did to nail the S first time round, I'm sure we are going to end up with one at some point.

You cannot call your self an EV adopter without owning a S at some point :).
 

WannabeOwner

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I'm really surprised that R Symons haven't beaten Tesla

They gave a low/high range, and then their commission to pay. After I deduct commission. assuming the top end price, they are still £1,000 below Tesla ... and if it turned out to be the low end then that would be Ouch! Plus they aren't anywhere near me ... I know someone in specialist car trade, and he was interested but out of his comfort zone. I might put him in touch with R Symons to see if expanding his geographic network would be to his liking - WbaEV Dot Com maybe?!!

if we weren't looking to do a stupid unnecessary house extension a sub £40k P90D S appeals much more to me than a £40k SR+ Model 3

Wish I could offer easy payment terms !!

Infact makes paying nearly £20k more for a near £60k P Model 3 look very over priced

you have warranty :) ... but its an interesting comparison. Same sort of performance and range. Way more cargo space in the MS. Apart from latest hardware (sentry mode etc.) the software is the same. AP1 arguably good enough fro Motorway and without phantom braking and able to read speed signs. But no future improvements coming ...

I absolutely share your view that it is remarkable what Tesla achieved first time around. iPace, ECQ, eTron basically only drawing level (on technical level) with where Tesla was 5 - 7 years ago; Raven (and Model-3) is a leap ahead.

Will be interesting to see the VW ID - looks like it may compare very favourably ... when it eventually gets here.
 

DJP31

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If someone is interested enough to pay be £2K more than Trade In I'd be happy, but I figure any less than that, coupled with a significant number of interested people, time to prepare adverts, cost of advertising, the whole "how to get money that I can be sure of" ... don't suppose anyone is going to rock up with £40K in a suitcase, and not sure I would want to receive it that way; quite a lot of hassle / risk compared to trade disposal ...

I’m of the view that in the overall scheme of things the Tesla trade in + 0 hassle factor is worth a potential £2k. I would also trust Richard Symons to have a very good barometer on where the market is for your vintage/mileage car.

Interesting to see you’ve hung up your boy racer spurs - no P version this time ;)
 

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