Tesla CPO cars are awesome, and sometimes a good deal too—it’s definitely a route that we support—and those cars come directly from Tesla.
That said, sometimes even with the 2/4-year CPO warranty they’re still more expensive than buying from a private party, because there’s zero negotiation with Tesla. People have also had some big problems with the CPO process and getting their cars on time or dealing with lengthy delays (just check out Rich Rebuilds’ video on that). We aren’t saying the CPO process is bad at all (it’s not), but there are definitely some cons to go with the pros.
Tesla also isn’t allowed to sell to consumers in some states, which can be problematic. And their focus is really on new cars, not used cars. On top of that, Elon has stated that they’re going to keep all lease-returned Model 3s for the autonomous taxi network, so you won’t be able to find those either.
If you want a CPO car, then get one! You’ll be in a Tesla and there’s nothing better than that! But if you’re looking to save a bit more money and get a car that’s every bit as nice (and sometimes nicer), take a look at our used Tesla listings. Bonus point—you can still find a CPO car from a private party that often has a balance of the CPO warranty, you just need to look.