Used Tesla Model S or Model X Buyers Guide

Should you buy a new Tesla Model S or a Model X and if so – what things you should be looking for like battery, supercharging, warranty, insurance and many other things.

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19 Replies to “Used Tesla Model S or Model X Buyers Guide”

  1. Chris Bates

    Can I add something? The best deals are available when you call Tesla and have them send you cars that have not hit the website yet. Great deals never make it to the website.

  2. nowtleft2

    Great points. In UK insurance is same as comparable ice cars. You may not use AP but it gives you TACC which is ace…think of resale value…my P85 with ap1 should sell better than one without. My 2014 p85 still goes 236 miles on full charge after 48000 miles. I got extended warranty for piece of mind!

  3. Dan Chase

    I bought a 2013 85 Model S last week. It had a bad drive unit, which wasn't caught with their inspection, and it needs to be replaced. They gave me a P90D Model X until they can fix my car. I will probably only own the car for the two years it is under warranty and then sell it. Owning a Tesla not under warranty is a big risk and this is coming from someone who never buys extended warranties.

  4. Richard Poole

    Thanks for this. You mentioned that 100kwh battery had approx double the real life range of a 60kwh battery but I think the actual distance number may have been incorrect. Please would you clarify that number?

  5. IMHO

    It’s going to be real interesting as more and more model S get near the 8 year mark. The drive unit and battery is covered and if you have a battery with 10% degradation you can abuse it until it needs replacing and then baby it and hope it lasts.

    Is that unscrupulous? Nope, just like Elon didn’t write the rules he’s gaming, Tesla owners didn’t write the warranty. If I had a battery getting weak I’d charge it to 100% and drain it till 0 range until it stranded me, then I’d call Tesla and get my new battery. People do it with the Leaf too.

    Chevy Volt and Bolt don’t allow you to destroy the battery. It’s very conservative on the charge rate, and has built in buffer. It doesn’t need to warn you not to charge to 100%.

    Ok, so what about when these cars are 8 years old and you buy it with absolutely no warranty, and no way to buy the parts online like you can with any other automakers? You can’t even go online to see what the current price is for a model S battery.

    If you’re Rich from Rich Rebuilds, or just plain rich, it’s not a problem, but if you’re just some dude trying to get in a Tesla cheap, it might send you to the poorhouse if it breaks.

    We still have 2 more years before the first model S reaches 8 years of age. Every model S and X in the world have that warranty, and that is where a lot of Tesla’s inability to become profitable stems from. Making a 25% gross margin doesn’t count the cost down the road for drive units, batteries and free supercharging.

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