Take a test drive of a Tesla and you’ll think it wise to short the oil companies. It’s an incredible driving experience that doesn’t require a drop of gas.
The downside is that the car of the future is expensive. It’s easy to top $100,000 for a Tesla after adding features.
The good news is that used Teslas are starting to come on the market, often at discounts of 30% or more off the original price.
This is a first-hand guide to buying a used Tesla.
Do you really need a used one?
Before we drive into a tutorial on used Teslas, ask yourself this: Can you afford a new one instead?
Believe it or not, you can get a brand new Tesla for just $62,500 after the $7,500 government rebate.
That’s for the basic 70 kWh battery with no options. Even without options, this might be a better choice for some people than buying an older, used Tesla. The new cars come with upgraded hardware and small fixes that are superior to Teslas that are even a year or two old.
A basic Tesla is still likely better than any car you’ve driven, but Tesla sells basically everything as a feature. The $70,000 entry model car doesn’t even come with leather seats! [Read more…] about How to Buy a Used Tesla