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Finding a used Tesla Model 3 for sale can be difficult—but it doesn’t have to be! Welcome to Find My Electric, the ultimate Tesla marketplace! We created Find My Electric make buying and selling a used Tesla easier than ever—and we’re happy you stopped by! On Find My Electric, you’ll find the best selection of high-quality, used Model 3 vehicles anywhere.

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller—we’ve got you covered! Find My Electric is a state-of-the-art, Tesla-specific marketplace, where we put you in control of the buying and selling process. Take some time to browse our used Model 3 listings below, or check out other Teslas for sale on the site. And if you’re new to Tesla buying, be a sure to check out our used Model 3 buying guide (further down on this page) to learn how to find the perfect used Model 3!

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We know that the used car buying process can sometimes be intimidating, and buying a used Model 3 is no exception. With Teslas, there are a lot of “techy” things to look for (and understand), so to give buyers a head start, we created the Ultimate Guide to Buying a Used Model 3 below.

In this guide, we answer anything and everything you’ll want to know related to buying a used Model 3. And of course, if you ever have any questions about buying, selling, or anything related to used Teslas—you can always contact us and we’d be happy to help!

With that said, let’s jump into the Ultimate Guide to Buying a Used Model 3!

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a Used Tesla Model 3 in 2020

How much should you pay for a used Tesla Model 3, and what constitutes a good deal? Does free unlimited supercharging transfer to the next owner? Can you actually find a used Model 3 for under $30k?

These are all great questions, and to help prospective used Model 3 buyers, we wanted to share all the knowledge we have about the used Model 3 market!

Generally speaking, one of the first things people want to know about buying a used Model 3 is pricing—questions like, “What’s a good deal?” or “How much should I really be paying?” etc. are very common, so let’s take a look at used Model 3 pricing first…

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Used Tesla Model 3 Pricing – How Much Should You Pay?

It’s no secret that Tesla’s Model 3 represents the best value in the electric car market, hands down. And this is one reason why it’s become the fastest selling used car in America.

This is good and bad news for used Model 3 buyers. The good news is that the used Model 3 market is quite robust, and inventory is typically pretty good compared to other used car markets.

The bad news for buyers (but good for sellers) is that good deals tend to go FAST, and in general used Model 3s tend to hold their resale value better than any other car in the US. So, if you’re looking to score an insanely good deal, you really need to act fast, and also need to know what to look for (don’t worry, we’ll help you with that in this guide).

So, let’s take look at the different Model 3 trim/battery options, and dive into pricing on a model-specific basis…

Used Model 3 Standard Range RWD

Used Model 3 Standard Range RWD Price

The Standard Range RWD Model 3 is often called the “$35k Model 3” because it was this trim level that really created the most buzz around the Model 3. When it was unveiled, Elon said that $35k would be the base price for a Model 3, and it actually took Tesla a while to offer it for sale (the more expensive models like Long Rang RWD/AWD and Performance were offered first to help fund production, similar to how Tesla had to build the Model S before the Model 3).

When the $35k Model 3 finally became available in February 2019 sporting 220 miles of range, it was pulled from the public menu after about two months in April 2019. However, the base Model 3 is still available as an off-menu purchase either via phone or in Tesla stores, you just can’t buy it online anymore.

Its value holds extremely well on the used market, and you can expect to pay around $32k to over $35k if it has Autopilot (a $3k option on this model) or even slightly more if it has FSD (currently an $8k option).

The margins are pretty close on this variant, but a used Standard Range RWD Model 3 still remains your best bet if you’re looking to get the cheapest used Model 3 possible (assuming you don’t have any good state EV incentives for buying new).

Used Model 3 Standard Range Plus RWD

Used Model 3 Standard Range Plus RWD Price

The Model 3 Standard Range Plus RWD has an original MSRP of $37,990 direct from Tesla, brand new. This makes the car pretty cheap to begin with, so again, you’re not looking at a huge discount when buying used just because the margins are so low to start. Also, the Standard Range Plus RWD includes Base Autopilot, which is nice because it’s missing from the Standard Range RWD Model 3.

Because the Standard Range Plus RWD is still made by Tesla, it’s generally easier to find this variant on the used market compared to other non-existent models (such as the Long Range RWD), which means that your selection might be a bit better, and you may also be more likely to find a motivated seller. In terms of sheer numbers, the Standard Range Plus RWD is one of the most common model 3s available on the used market.

In terms of pricing, you can expect to pay between $36k to $42k or more for a used Model 3 Standard Range RWD that has Enhanced Autpilot (EAP) or Full-Self Driving (FSD) enabled.

Used Model 3 Mid Range RWD

Used Model 3 Mid Range RWD Price

The Tesla Model 3 Mid Range RWD has an original MSRP of $42,900 and is no longer available from Tesla. Some buyers who bought the Mid Range Model 3 early on were disappointed when Tesla dropped the price of the Model 3 Long Range RWD/AWD to be incredibly close to the Mid Range RWD price, and then included Base Autopilot on top of that. But, that’s just the way it goes with new tech—you often pay the “early adopter tax” in order to be one of the first who has it.

Because the Mid Range RWD Model 3 is no longer made, this variant is a bit more scarce on the used Tesla market, although you can find them from time-to-time, just not as commonly as the variants that are still produced today (Standard Range Plus RWD, Long Range AWD, and Performance AWD). The Mid Range RWD Model 3 was produced in 2018 and 2019, so you’ll also only have two model years to pick from.

Taking all of this into considerion, you can expect to pay somewhere between $36k to $44k, or slightly higher, for a used Tesla Model 3 Mid Range RWD depending upon the specific options (EAP, FSD, etc.).

Used Model 3 Long Range RWD

Used Model 3 Long Range RWD Price

The Tesla Model 3 Long Range RWD has an original MSRP of $44,500, and has since been discontinued by Tesla, forcing buyers to choose between the current Standard Range Plus RWD version and the Long Range AWD or Performance versions.

The Long Range RWD Model 3 was a fan favorite because it allowed users who live in warm climate states to take advantage of the lower initial price point vs. the more expensive Long Range AWD Model 3. While many feel that the Long Range RWD variant isn’t ideal for cold climate states, it does have all the traction control features you’d expect from Tesla, making it still an attractive option to some used Tesla buyers who don’t mind RWD in the winter.

On the pre-owned market, you can expect to pay about $36k to $45k or so for a used Tesla Model 3 Long Range RWD, depending upon specific options, mileage, condition, etc.

Used Model 3 Long Range AWD Dual Motor

Used Model 3 Long Range AWD/Dual Motor Price

The current 2020 MSRP for a Tesla Model 3 Long Rang AWD is $46,990 before any state incentives. This includes Base Autopilot, and an upgrade to Full-Self Driving (FSD) is an additional $8,000.

Due to the combination of range, performance, and all weather handling, many people feel as though the Long Range AWD Model 3 is the best “bang for the buck” variant, and the best all-around option. You’ll find that this is generally the most popular variant available on the used Tesla Market. This means that with all selection of used Long Range AWD Model 3s available, it’s more likely that you’ll be able to snag a good deal if this is the one you’re looking to buy.

Given these facts, you can expect to pay between $38k and $48k for a used Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD/Dual Motor, depending upon specific options (EAP, FSD, etc.), mileage, condition, and seller motivation.

Used Model 3 Performance

Used Model 3 Performance Price

The Performance Model 3 is considered to be one of (if not the) best bargains in performance vehicles. For a 2020 MSRP price of $54,990, you get supercar-like performance, with 0-60 clocking in at 3.2 seconds. There’s really nothing even close that can touch this for the money, making the Performance Model 3 an insane bargain. On top of that, Tesla offers a “Stealth Performance” option (which we’ll discuss more later), allowing you to use the regular brakes/wheels from the other variants.

Now that the “Stealth Performance” option is available from Tesla at any given time, you’ll find that this variation and the full Performance variation (equipped with the red calipers, tuned suspension, etc.) are about equal in value.

On the pre-owned market, you can expect to pay approximately $47k to $57k for a used Tesla Model 3 Performance AWD, depending upon options (EAP, FSD, etc.), condition, mileage, year, etc.

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Finding Used Tesla Model 3 for Under $30,000 – Is It Possible?

One of the big questions that used Tesla Model 3 buyers have is—where can I find a used Model 3 for under $30,000? The thing about $30k is that it’s kind of a strange mental number, where anything with a “2” in front of it (even $29,999) seems like a great deal—and for a Model 3, it really is.

The honest truth is that in 2020, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find such a deal, unless you stumble across an insanely motivated seller, an extremely high mileage vehicle, or salvage title used Model 3.

Used Tesla Model 3s just hold their value too well currently, and they really don’t dip below $30k on the used market. But, the good news is that as the years go on, they eventually will.

Will this happen soon? Probably not, but in the next few years as the price of early Model 3s (2018, etc.) come down, and mileage goes up on these cars, the under $30k Model 3 will become a reality.

Buying a Used Model 3 vs. New – Which is the Best Deal?

One question we see all the time is—“With used Model 3s holding their value so well, is it even worth it to buy used? Should I just buy a new one?” And that’s a very good question!

There are still a lot of benefits to buying a used Tesla Model 3, which we’ll examine below. One thing to understand overall is that used Model 3s tend to hold their value extremely well, not just best in class, but the best of any vehicle for sale right now—which means you can’t expect to get the same deal as you would on a used BMW, Audi, or a similar competing vehicle.

That said, there are still a ton of good reasons to buy a used Model 3. You can generally avoid the $1200 destination and doc fee that Tesla is federally required to charge on new vehicles. You can also typically get EAP or FSD at a discounted rate, because while they are worth something on the used market, it’s typically not the same as what someone originally paid (although the price of FSD is increasing too, so this is beginning to balance out as time goes on).

And finally, even though used Model 3s hold their value extremely well, they still do depreciate, which means you’re going to save something over the cost of a new Model 3. Yes, a new Model 3 is “brand new,” which is worth something to some people, but Teslas are typically so well-taken care of, that the overwhelming majority of them for sale on the used market are in quite good condition.

Beyond new and used, there’s a third option where you can buy a used Model 3 directly from Tesla. This program used to be called “Certified Pre-Owned” or CPO as it’s known in the Tesla community. In the past, Tesla used to recondition vehicles to “like new” condition, but this isn’t something they do anymore as it proved to be too time/resource consuming. However, these cars are still referred to as “CPO” cars in the Tesla community, despite the fact that Tesla sells them as-is (more or less).

One benefit to CPO cars is that with a CPO Model S/X, you get a 2-year or 4-year extended warranty with a purchase, but with a CPO Model 3, you only get the balance of the factory warranty, which really makes a CPO Model 3 a lot less valuable (in terms of the value you’d get purchasing directly from Tesla) than a CPO Model S/X. Another important thing to note, even for Model S/X vehicles purchased on the regular used market, is that you can still add your own extended warranty if there’s a balance of the factory warranty remaining, so if you can score a good deal on the regular used market (i.e. not from Tesla), then you’re still ahead of the benefits of a CPO car.

With all that said, let’s take a look at the quick pros and cons of buying a new Model 3 vs. a used Model 3…

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Used Model 3 Pros and Cons

Used Model 3 Pros Used Model 3 Cons
Lower cost vs. new May be some wear and tear on the vehicle compared to new
Avoid paying the $1,200 destination and doc fee Shorter warranty duration with no extended warranty available
Cheaper registration tax (if you live in a state that charges registration/sales tax) You have to handle the paperwork yourself (vs. Tesla handling it)
Discount on Autopilot or Full-Self Driving For some configurations, the prices may be relatively close to new (not counting fees and the discount on software like EAP/FSD)
Less wait time (some new Model 3 variants can be out weeks for delivery) Negotiation may be required to get the best price (some people prefer not to negotiate)
Easier to test drive (you can drive a similar Model 3, but not your exact car until you take delivery) Purchasing out of state may be required to get the best price (this also applies to CPO vehicles though)
Negotiation is possible (Tesla does not negotiate on any vehicles) Due diligence is required to inspect a used Tesla (you can book a service appointment with Tesla for this, though)

CPO Model 3 Pros and Cons

CPO Model 3 Pros CPO Model 3 Cons
Direct from Tesla so car has already been checked for major problems Often times no ability to test drive before purchasing
Easy to pick up at a Tesla store (or have it delivered) Often times must purchase out of state and pay shipping
No negotiation required Generally more expensive than the private party used market
Can be purchased online with a few clicks No ability to negotiate
Tesla’s online pictures have gotten better over the years, now generally include most major flaws No ability to purchase an extended warranty for Model 3
Savings over the cost of new CPO cars can sometimes take a while to be delivered
CPO models may include FSD at a reduced overall cost Sometimes private party cars have been better maintained by meticulous Tesla owners or are in better condition (often times like new)

New Model 3 Pros and Cons

New Model 3 Pros New Model 3 Cons
Brand new condition (no scratches, scuffs, dings, creases in upholstery, etc.) Most expensive option (vs. buying a used Model 3)
No miles (other than maybe a few for testing/loading and unloading from the factory delivery truck) No negotiation possible
No previous history or condition checking required Extra fees (destination and doc fee, etc.)
Full factory warranty Potentially higher taxes (if you live in a state where car purchases are taxed)
Easily picked up from local Tesla store Maximum depreciation (a new vehicle will obviously depreciate more than a used vehicle)
Ability to customize your Model 3 during the order process and get the exact configuration you want Longer wait time (some configurations may take longer to get than a used Model 3)
Potentially lower interest rates if you’re financing (newer cars often have lower rates, etc.) No ability to test drive your exact vehicle without completing the order

It should be pretty clear at this point that there are a variety of advantages and disadvantages to buying a new, CPO, or used Model 3. With a pre-owned or used Tesla Model 3, the best part is that you can typically get a really nice, well-cared for vehicle with a nice savings over the cost of new, which makes the used Tesla market very attractive to budget-conscious buyers.

New Model 3 vs. Used Model S – Which is the Best Choice?

Ah, the age-old question of new Model 3 vs. Used Model S…what’s the best choice here?

We’re not going to cover this in-depth in the Model 3 buying guide, because we’ve covered it extensively on our used Model S buying guide, and also in a blog post about the CPO Model S vs. new Model 3 conundrum that a lot of Tesla buyers face. So, make sure to check out those posts!

What we will say here, briefly, about the new Model 3 vs. Used Model S choice is that it really comes down to two things: 1) personal preference, and 2) budget.

The Model S is a bigger, more luxurious car with a lot more space/features than the Model 3. But, the Model 3 is more nimble, sporty (driving), and presents a totally different package.

If you want the space, range, and luxury of a Model S, then you’re probably better off with a used Model S. But, if you want the newest tech possible, are somewhat limited by budget, and space isn’t a big concern, you may be better off with a new Model 3. Ultimately, it’s a personal choice and something that you need to decide.

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Used Model 3 vs. New Model Y – Which One Should I Get?

Now that there’s another vehicle (Model Y) similar to Model 3 in terms of cost, size, and a lot of other ways—this has lead users to wonder if they should buy a Model 3 or a Model Y. And to add to the conundrum, a new Model Y is about $5k more expensive than a new Model 3—which makes a used Model 3 about $10k less expensive than a new Model Y.

So, this raises the question—if $10k savings is on the table, should you get a used Model 3 or a New Model Y? Because the Model Y is so new, there aren’t many used Model Y vehicles out there yet, making a used-to-used comparison a bit more difficult.

Ultimately, because these vehicles are so similar, this choice comes down to 1) personal preference, and 2) budget.

If you need the space because you’ve got a family, you travel and frequently need the cargo space, or you just prefer a bigger vehicle, then a new Model Y is probably the way to go. However, if budget is the biggest concern and space isn’t on the radar, then a used Model 3 would be a great way to save 10 large. Let’s take a closer look at some pointed pros and cons of each…

Used Model 3 vs New Model Y

Used Model 3 (vs. New Model Y) Pros and Cons

Used Model 3 Pros Used Model 3 Cons
Can be $10k cheaper or more Paperwork must be handled by buyer
Less wait time to get the vehicle (some new Model Y configurations have a longer wait time) Vehicle history must be confirmed
Smaller, potentially easier to park Vehicle should be inspected before purchase
Negotiation on price is possible Potential condition issues compared to a brand new car (although most Teslas are very well-taken care of)
Avoid fees ($1,200 destination and doc fee, etc.) Smaller vehicle if you need the cargo space
Potentially lower tax cost if you live in a state that taxes vehicles sales and bases registration tax on vehicle cost Chrome door handles/trim (Model Y has a factory black-out)
Lower capacity battery and RWD options available to further lower price Less seating capacity

New Model Y (vs. Used Model 3) Pros and Cons

New Model Y Pros New Model Y Cons
Brand new vehicle (no condition issues) More expensive (possibly $10k+ vs. a used Model 3)
No miles More fees ($1,200 destination and doc fee, etc.)
No need to vet history More taxes (if you live in a state that taxes motor vehicle purchases)
Tesla handles all paperwork More difficult to park (larger vehicle)
Larger, more spacious vehicle Slightly less range
More seating capacity Blacked-out door handles/window trim (this would be a con if you prefer chrome)
Factory black out trim (for buyers who don’t like the Model 3 chrome) No option to negotiate on price

How to Buy a Used Model 3 – Dealers, Private Parties & More

When it comes to buying a used Model 3, there are a variety of ways that you can buy one.

You can buy direct from someone who know, from a dealer, from Tesla (CPO), from an online dealer, using a classified or auction site, or from another Tesla owner using specialty online marketplace like Find My Electric.

It goes without saying that we think Find My Electric is the best way to buy and sell a used Tesla, but let’s take a closer look at all of the different options.

Tesla Owners Group Facebook

Buying direct from a Private Party

Whether it’s someone you know, or a private party that you find via an online marketplace like Find My Electric, this is often one of the best ways to get a good deal on a used Model 3.

Yes, you have to do some due diligence to ensure that the car is in good shape and has been well-taken care of, but this isn’t hard to do, and most Teslas are in very good condition, making the task a bit easier. On top of that, Tesla owners are generally very passionate about their cars, and a tight-knit community, so buying a Tesla from a private seller is generally a better experience than buying many other types of vehicles.

There are some online groups on Facebook and other places where you can connect with individual sellers as well, but the information isn’t well-organized, and it’s hard to search/sort, making some of those difficult to use. If you’re not constantly checking for new posts, it’s easy to miss some of the best deals.

Online Dealer Carvana

Buying from an Online Dealer (Carvana, etc.)

One of the biggest problems with buying from an online car dealer like Carvana, is that you often can’t see real pictures of the Model 3 (they frequently use stock photos or renders).

In addition to having a poor selection of photos, online car dealers often make it difficult to get in touch with a real person until you’re already somewhat committed to the process. It’s simply not as easy as pinging them via email and asking questions about the car—and they often require you to provide a bunch of personal information before even being able to find out more about the vehicle.

On top of that, it can be a hassle to arrange a test drive and see the vehicle as many “online only” dealers are structured in a confusing way in terms of their sales/test drive process. In this case, we recommend sticking to private sellers (or dealers who are very well-versed in Teslas) via a dedicated marketplace like Find My Electric.

CarMax

Visiting a Local Dealer (Carmax, etc.)

This is another way to get a used Model 3, but it has some drawbacks. When you buy from a physical dealer, you generally assume you’re getting a car that has been inspected, but many dealers (especially national ones like Carmax that don’t see a lot of Teslas) just don’t understand how they work, and don’t always know what to look for on inspection.

On top of that, because a dealer needs to make a profit, you’ll typically be paying more for a used Model 3 that someone traded in instead of just buying directly from that private seller who could save you money overall, especially if the Model 3 is still under the factory warranty. Tesla is also quite picky about warranties and features (FSD, etc.) when it comes to third-party dealers (more on that below).

All of this doesn’t mean that you can’t get a good price from a dealer, and find a quality used Model 3, but it seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

eBay Motors Tesla Model S

Searching on Auction Sites (eBay, etc.)

Using an auction site like eBay is a route that some buyers choose to purchase a used Model 3, but there are some drawbacks here as well. Sometimes auction sites make it difficult to contact the buyer—which means you have to register for an account, and then use their proprietary messaging platform instead of your email or SMS.

Auction sites also have another drawback—the high pressure bidding. The truth is that not everyone is comfortable bidding in a fast-paced environment like that, and it can cause some people to panic and spend more or less than they originally wanted to, or miss out on a deal completely.

Another problem with auction sites is that it’s also difficult in some cases to find a car that’s close to your geographical area. This can make if hard if you want to meet up locally to inspect the car or see it before bidding.

Used Tesla Dealer

From Tesla via the CPO Route

This is probably the second-best way to purchase a used Model 3 (after Find My Electric, of course). The “CPO” route as it’s called in the Tesla community involves purchasing a used vehicle directly from Tesla. They typically cost a little more and there’s no room for negotiation, but there’s also some peace of mind attached to this way of buying.

With CPO Model 3s, Tesla has taken the time to inspect them and ensure that there are no major problems, which means that you don’t need to do the same level of due diligence that you would on a private seller Model 3.

The primary downside to CPO cars is that they’re often more expensive than private seller vehicles, and there’s no negotiating with Tesla—their sticker price is what you pay, and that’s that. The prices do reduce algorithmically over time if a vehicle isn’t sold, but this can be hard to keep track of or know when it’s going to happen.

Shopping for Used Tesla Online

Find My Electric – the Best Way to Buy a Used Model 3

If you’re looking for the widest selection of quality used Model 3 vehicles and the most effortless way to buy or sell one, there’s no better place than Find My Electric. We make it incredibly easy to search by super-detailed options like Tesla-specific colors or Autopilot hardware versions. Our proprietary searching and sorting technology blows other sites out of the water, and within a few seconds, you can drill down and find a Tesla with the exact options that you want.

And if you’re a selling your Model 3 (or another Tesla), you can manage your own listing and have your ad online in minutes (not waiting hours, or having to go back and forth with someone else). We’ve even got a totally free option if you just want to test the waters if you’re considering selling your car, but not sure.

Whether you’re buying or selling, we’ve got you covered—Find My Electric really is the ultimate Tesla marketplace!

Leasing vs. Buying a Used Model 3

If you’re looking for the cheapest way to get into a Model 3, leasing is an option to consider. However, there are some important caveats to note.

First of all, Tesla doesn’t allow the option to buy your Model 3 at the end of a lease. So, if you fall in love with the car, you’re stuck giving it back to Tesla at the end of your term. Elon has said that this is because they plan to use them for their autonomous taxi fleet in the future, but there may be other reasons as well. Either way, you don’t get to keep your leased Model 3, no matter how much you may want to.

Also, like everyone knows with respect to leasing, you’re basically renting a car. This means that there’s no residual value at the end of the lease for you, and that’s something to consider. With the price of FSD increasing, and Elon claiming that a Tesla is an “appreciating asset,” it may be something to consider in terms of “throwing money away” on a lease vs. buying. On top of that, there are mileage restrictions/concerns, so if you’re thinking about road-tripping with your Tesla, this might not be possible in the same way with a lease.

That said, leasing may make sense for some people too who just want to have a new car all the time and don’t plan on keeping it for a while. Some people have made the argument that buying a Tesla is essentially like buying a computer or phone where you’re going upgrade every few years for the latest tech anyway, which isn’t an invalid argument in a lot of ways. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the benefits/drawbacks for each option.

Benefits of Leasing a Model 3 (Instead of Buying Used)

  • Lower cash investment up front
  • Brand new vehicle with 0 miles
  • You can choose the exact configuration you want (color, interior, wheels, etc.)
  • No need to sell the car at the end or mess with anything (just turn it back into Tesla)
  • You always have the newest tech
  • No out of warranty concerns
  • No negotiating, vetting of vehicle history, etc.

Benefits of Buying a Used Model 3 (Instead of Leasing)

  • You can keep the car as long as you want
  • Often cheaper in the long run, when interest & fees are taken into account
  • No mileage restrictions (Tesla annual lease limits are 10,000, 12,000 & 15,000 miles)
  • Ability to negotiate a lower price
  • Easy to sell/get rid of it/trade up if you want
  • Freedom to customize or mod the vehicle as you like
  • Fewer fees (destination and doc fee, etc.)

Used Tesla Model 3 Trim Levels Explained

Unlike the Model S which has 20+ different models over 8+ years, the Model 3 line-up is quite a bit simpler, only having 6 different models in total.

This makes the used market a lot easier to deal with than Model S because there are fewer options, limiting your choices and making the process of deciding what you want much simpler.

With that said, we’re going to briefly break down the different model-specific trims of the various used Model 3 vehicles that are available on the pre-owned market.

Standard Range RWD

The Standard Range RWD Model 3 (as mentioned earlier in the pricing section) was heralded as the “$35k Model 3” and Tesla did eventually make good on this promise. They’ve since pulled it from the public order menu, but it’s still available if you place an order by phone or at a local Tesla store.

With 220 miles of range and a 0-60 time of around 5.3 seconds (or even slightly less, according to real-world testing by owners), $35k is an incredible deal for a new, high-end electric car. Of course, if you live in a winter climate, the RWD setup may not be the best for you, which is a consideration.

There are some other considerations as well, with regard to the interior and Base Autopilot as the Standard Range RWD Model 3 has a lower-end stereo (one of the best things about the Model 3 in our opinion) and it also doesn’t include Base Autopilot. But, if you’re looking for the cheapest way to get into a new Model 3, the Standard Range RWD Model 3 is it.

Standard Range Plus RWD

Moving up from the Model 3 Standard Range RWD, we have the Standard Range Plus RWD. This is currently available from Tesla for $37,990 and offers 250 miles of range and a 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds (although some users have been able to clock in a quicker time).

On the used Tesla market, this is one of the most popular variants, partially due to the fact that it’s still being made, and partially due to the fact that it hits a sweet spot for pricing, range, and other features.

The Standard Range Plus RWD has the Partial Premium Interior, which has an audio system that is slightly downgraded from the Premium Interior, no rear seat warmers, and a few other perks that are missing. However, for $37,990, it includes Base Autopilot and 30 extra miles of range, making it a worthwhile jump up from the Standard Range RWD Model 3.

Mid Range RWD

No longer sold by Tesla is the Model 3 Mid Range RWD. This variant originally had 264 miles of range and a 0-60 time of 4.9 seconds. This isn’t much of a jump in range or speed over the Standard Range or Standard Range Plus Model 3, and it’s a big reason why Tesla discontinued it.

Realistically, with an original MSRP of $42,900, you were better off getting the Standard Range/Plus RWD variant in terms of money, or just jumping up to the Long Range Model 3 (in RWD or AWD).

Long Range RWD

The Long Range RWD Model 3 is no longer sold by Tesla, but was an nice option when it was available. It boasted 310 miles of range and a 0-60 time of about 5 seconds.

There were rumors that the range was actually closer to 330 miles, but Tesla had to list it as less it in order to make the range consistent across the line up. This trim level is a solid option in the used market if you don’t live in a cold climate.

Long Range AWD

The Model 3 Long Range AWD is currently sold by Tesla for an MSRP of $46,990, boasts 322 miles of range, and a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds. This 0-60 time can be improved to 3.9 seconds by purchasing the “Acceleration Boost” which costs about $2,000 extra—so this is an important option to look for in the aftermarket if you’re searching for a used Model 3 Long Range AWD.

This Model 3 variant is also generally the most available on the used Tesla market, as it’s an extremely popular combination for a variety of reasons. It sports a lot of range, AWD for winter climate states, and all of the factory options are standard except 19″ sport wheels, Full Self-Driving, and the Performance Model 3 options. The Long Range AWD Model 3s also hold their value extremely well, and are very sought after as they check most of the boxes that anyone would want in an electric car, making this version one of the best used Tesla vehicles that anyone can buy.

Performance

The king of the hill is the Tesla Model 3 Performance—and it’s widely heralded as the best performance bargain of any car ever, which we actually believe to be true!

Tesla currently sells the Model 3 Performance for $54,990 which includes the Premium Interior and Base Autopilot. The Model 3 Performance has a 299 miles of range and a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds, which is supercar fast.

One variation of the Model 3 Performance to pay attention to on the used market is the “Stealth Performance” Model 3, which basically has the acceleration of the Model 3 Performance, and still includes Track Mode, but has the suspension of the Model 3 Long Range AWD—so you can use the 19” Sport Wheels, or even the 18” Aero Wheels (these don’t fit on the regular Performance Model 3). And from looking at the Model 3 outside, no one would know it was a Performance until you blew past them!

Used Tesla Model 3 vs. The Competition – Is Model 3 Worth It?

In various ways, the Model 3 has been pitted against common gas cars like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 in terms of value, performance, and a variety of other factors. We think that the Model 3 is the winner in almost all of these categories, but let’s take a slightly closer look.

BMW 3 Series

Used Model 3 vs. BMW 3 Series

In terms of value for your money, cool factor, and especially reliability—the Model 3 basically trounces the BMW 3 Series. In almost every trim level there’s more value and an overall better car.

You know that old adage about an “aging German car?” Well, it really holds true here, as Models 3s have been shown to be extremely reliable, and well, BMWs have not.

Even the world renown BMW M3 is bested in just about every way by the Tesla Model 3 Performance, except maybe on an all-out track or auto cross day. And when you’re talking about a used Model 3, the value proposition skews even further toward Tesla.

Chevrolet Bolt

Pre-Owned Model 3 vs. Chevrolet Bolt

When you’re comparing apples-to-apples, the range and price of the Standard Range Plus RWD seems to align well with the Chevrolet Bolt, but that’s really where the comparison ends.

What you’re getting with a Bolt is a dorky, clunky, econobox with no good Autopilot compared to a top-tier compact luxury electric sedan. A Model 3 isn’t an economy car like the Bolt—it’s really a luxury electric sedan, and it’s hard to compare these two in any meaningful way from technology to style.

While on paper a few numbers seem the same, the Tesla Model 3 is really light years ahead of the Chevy Bolt.

Audi A4 Sedan

Used Tesla Model 3 vs. Audi A4

There’s really not much to say here because the comparison is similar to the BMW 3 Series, except that the 3 Series is generally a much better car than the Audi A4, so Tesla is even further ahead of Audi here.

Everywhere that you can possibly compare these similarly-priced vehicles, the Model 3 comes out ahead. Style points, cool factor, technology, safety, reliability—the list goes on.

This isn’t to say the A4 isn’t a good car, but when you’re looking at the value, and you factor everything that’s on the horizon with Tesla, Audi really doesn’t even come close.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Pre-Owned Tesla Model 3 vs. Mercedes-Benz C Class

Again, following after the Audi in terms of style, substance, and quality is the Mercedes-Benz C Class. The C Class is supposed to be a less sporty, more luxurious entry-level sedan, and it also has a hard time competing with the Model 3.

The truth is that the Model 3 is faster, much more advanced, and offers driver assistance features that Mercedes-Benz can’t even touch. Reliability and resale value are also quite poor on just about any Mercedes-Benz, and the C Class is no exception. Toe-to-toe, it really can’t even come close to competing with any Model 3.

Honda Accord Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Used Model 3

In terms of build quality and resale value, the Honda Accord Hybrid is probably the closest competitor to the Model 3 on this list, but in terms of cool factor, features, and technology it’s quite far behind.

In terms of an A-to-B car, sure—the Honda can hold it’s own against the Model 3, but really, that’s where things stop being equal. If you’re just looking to get from one place to another without style points, that’s one thing.

But if you ask just about anyone on the street whether they’d want a Tesla or a Honda, and I think Honda loses most times. If you’re just looking for a low-tech, A to B car for as cheap as possible, the Accord Hybrid might be the best bet. But if you want to experience a little more in life, we’d highly recommend the Tesla Model 3 over the Honda Accord Hybrid any day.

Lexus IS

Lexus IS vs. Pre-Owned Tesla Model 3

In terms of reliability, the Lexus IS isn’t bad (being made by Toyota), but it still doesn’t carry the class of an Audi or Mercedes-Benz, or the racing pedigree of a BMW.

On top of that, Lexus is somewhat of an “afterthought” company—they don’t incite the same awe and wonder that a Tesla does, especially the high-tech Model 3. So, this comparison while being one that some people seem to make, is far from equally-matched.

Whether you’re looking at a mid-priced Model 3, or the Performance Model 3, there’s basically an option that Tesla has in every category that beats the Lexus IS on most of the important points.

Used Tesla Model 3 Battery Degradation – Is This a Concern?

With the Model S/X having an 8-year, 150k-mile battery warranty, and the Model 3 only having an 8-year, 100k-mile battery warranty, people have speculated about used Model 3 vehicles suffering more from battery capacity degradation than Model S/X vehicles.

Based on user testing by Tesla YouTuber Bjorn Nyland and other users from the @TeslaMiles Twitter account which compiles miles from a variety of users, in addition to other anecdotal accounts, it seems as though the average battery degradation for 50k miles in a used Model 3 is between 2% and 6% of total capacity, making this a minor issue overall for used Tesla buyers and well within acceptable limits.

Elon has also stated that a Model 3 drive unit is designed to last 1 million miles, with the pack lasting between 300k and 500k miles retaining 70% of it’s capacity at the end before needing to be replaced. While individual situations and vehicles may vary, it seems there’s enough anecdotal evidence to conclude that Model 3 battery degradation isn’t an issue. On top of that, most used Model 3s will still have some balance of the factory/battery warranty, so even if there is a battery problem with a used Model 3, it should still be covered by Tesla, alleviating that concern as well.

Tesla Battery Supercharger

Used Tesla Model 3 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We’ve answered a ton of questions in this Model 3 buying guide already, but we wanted to take it a step further and answer questions that are being asked all over the Internet!

So, to help potential Model 3 buyers (and sellers) as much as possible, we created this ultimate Model 3 buying/selling FAQ section. Also, as unlikely as it may be, if you’ve got a question about buying or selling a used Model 3 that you don’t see listed in this guide, please feel free to contact us and we’ll do everything we can to help!

What are the most popular used Model 3 configurations?

The most popular Model 3 battery is the Long Range battery, and the most popular drive train is AWD, making the most popular used Model 3 configuration the Long Range AWD.

The Performance Model 3 is exhilarating, but only accounts for about 20% or less of all Model 3 vehicles.

How much is a used Tesla Model 3?

You can expect to pay about $32k to $57k for a used Tesla Model 3 depending upon battery and drive options, as well as condition, mileage, and other features.

Can I lease a used Model 3?

No. Currently you can only lease a new Model 3. However, you can assume or takeover the lease of a used Model 3 from the current lease holder if they’re willing allow this. Sometimes people can no longer afford their Model 3 or are looking to get out of the lease for one reason or another, and in this situation a lease takeover may make sense.

What’s the MSRP of a Tesla Model 3?

The MSRP of the current Tesla Model 3 line up is as follows:

  • Standard Range Plus RWD – $37,990
  • Long Range AWD – $46,990
  • Performance – $54,990

How much does a Tesla Model 3 cost?

A used Tesla Model 3 will cost approximately $32,000 on the low end and $57,000 on the high end, depending on options.

A new Tesla model 3 will cost $37,990 on the low end, and $54,990 on the high end.

Full-Self Driving adds another $8,000 to the total cost of the vehicle.

What’s the 0-60 time of a Tesla Model 3?

The 0-60 times for all Tesla Model 3 vehicles are as follows:

  • Standard Range RWD – 5.3 seconds
  • Standard Range Plus RWD – 5.3 seconds
  • Mid Range RWD – 5.3 seconds
  • Long Range RWD – 4.9 seconds
  • Long Range AWD – 4.4 seconds
  • Long Range AWD with Acceleration Boost – 3.9 seconds
  • Performance – 3.2 seconds

Where can I find a used Tesla Model 3 for sale?

On Find My Electric, of course! While there are many different ways to buy a used Model 3, we think Find My Electric is the best and easiest way, hands down. Click here to check out our current used Model 3 listings.

What’s the best Tesla Model 3 forum?

There are a lot of different Tesla forums out there, but out favorite is r/TeslaMotors on Reddit.

How much horsepower does a Model 3 have?

Between 250 and 400 horsepower (although electric vehicles aren’t necessarily rated this way).

How much does a Tesla Model 3 weigh?

The Tesla Model 3 weights 3,552 to 4,100 lbs (or 1611 to 1859 kg).

What are the different colors available on a used Model 3?

The full list of used Model 3 colors is:

  • Deep Blue Metallic
  • Midnight Silver Metallic
  • Obsidian Black Metallic
  • Pearl White Multi-Coat
  • Red Multi-Coat
  • Silver Metallic
  • Solid Black

However, it’s important to note that Obsidian Black Metallic and Silver Metallic were both discontinued in 2018.

What kind of warranty does a used Model 3 have?

A new Tesla Model 3 has a 4-year, 50,000 mile factory warranty on the entire vehicle, and an 8-year 100,000 mile battery/drivetrain warranty on Standard Range/Plus models, and an additional 20,000 miles (for a total of 120,000 miles) on all other Model 3 vehicles.

At the present time, there is no extended warranty available for any used Model 3 vehicles.

Can I get software updates on a used Model 3?

As long as your used Model 3 does not have a salvage title, yes—you can get updates.

Where can I find a Tesla Model 3 for sale near me?

On Find My Electric, of course! Check out our used Tesla listings page and put in your zip code in the search box on the left-side menu. From there, you can filter Model 3 vehicles based on your geographical area.

What are the best mods for a used Model 3?

Currently, there aren’t many options to mod a Model 3, and most of the available mods are cosmetic.

There are some suspension/braking mods, but most mods relate to tweaking the looks of the vehicle.

The most popular cosmetic mod on a used Model 3 seems to be a center console wrap. The Model 3 center console has a bad problem of attracting visible fingerprints, and owners have found that a satin or carbon fiber center console wrap is a great way to avoid these smudge marks.

Where can I find a used Tesla Model 3 Performance for sale?

On Find My Electric! Visit our listings page and select the options for Model 3 and Performance. Then search the listings and find one that you like!

Where can I find a 2019 Tesla Model 3 for sale?

If we said Find My Electric again, would you be surprised? You can visit our listings page and select 2019 as the year, then Model 3, and see all of the used 2019 Model 3 vehicles for sale right now. You can even look at sold listings to get an idea of pricing.

What’s the price of a 2019 Model 3?

The price of a used 2019 Tesla Model 3 generally ranges from about $36k to $57k, or slightly higher depending upon options, mileage, condition, etc.

How can I buy a used Tesla Model 3?

On Find My Electric! Check out our used Tesla Model 3 listings, find a vehicle you like, and message the seller to begin the process!

What are the best aftermarket wheels for a Model 3?

There are a lot of different options here, but we have two favorites.

The first one really isn’t an “aftermarket” wheel per se, but it is an after-purchase package from Tesla, and that’s the Model 3 Track Package. We think the Model 3 Track wheels are amazingly beautiful (although this package is only available for the Model 3 Performance).

For a truly aftermarket option, we love the Model 3 turbine wheels from EV Wheel Direct. They look just like the turbine wheels on the Model 3’s big brother, the Model S.

How fast is a Tesla Model 3 in the quarter mile?

The 1/4 mile time depends on the specific Model 3 version and some other factors like how many people are in the car, tire pressure, etc.

Generally speaking, the 1/4 mile time is in the 13 second range for the slower Model 3 variants, and in the mid-to-high 11 second range for the Model 3 Performance.

Is a chrome delete a good mod for a Tesla Model 3?

This really depends on personal taste. It looks really slick on Pearl White Multi-Coat cars and also on the Deep Blue Metallic cars.

Is a Tesla Model 3 worth it?

Yes, without a doubt! Tesla’s Model 3 represents one of the best bargains available on the road right now. You can’t go wrong with any trim level, and the Model 3 Performance gives supercar-like acceleration for a fraction of the price in a car that’s also a great daily driver.

Where can I find a pre-owned Tesla Model 3 for sale?

You probably guessed it by now—on Find My Electric! Check out our used Tesla listings to find the perfect pre-owned Model 3.

Should I buy a used Tesla Model 3?

We think so! If you want the most amazing car for the money, you really need to consider having a Model 3 in your life!

How can I get a discount on a Model 3?

The best way to get a discount on a Tesla Model 3 is by purchasing used. Check out our used Tesla listings to find the perfect Model 3!

Are there any EV incentives for buying a used Model 3?

Unfortunately not at this time. But Tesla does a good job of keeping their incentives page updated, and you can find that page here.

Where can I see used Tesla Model 3 inventory?

On our used Tesla listings page. Take a look by clicking here.

Does unlimited supercharging transfer from the previous owner of a Model 3?

The answer to this question gets a bit technical, but generally speaking—if you purchase a vehicle that was made in 2016 or earlier, yes—it does.

And if you purchase a vehicle that was made in 2017 or later, no—it doesn’t.

There are some cases where Tesla won’t turn off the free unlimited supercharging, but you shouldn’t really count on this. Also, there are some CPO cars (typically Model S) that will include free unlimited supercharging.

And finally, it’s important to verify whether supercharging will transfer (or not) with Tesla before purchasing any vehicle.

Does Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) or Full-Self Driving (FSD) transfer from the previous owner of a Model 3?

Generally speaking—yes, it does. However, there are cases where a dealer has owned a Tesla, someone bought it, and then Tesla disabled EAP or FSD after the sale.

It’s important to note that there’s some gray area here, and you can’t always be sure these features will transfer unless you confirm with Tesla before purchasing (always a good idea).

Does the warranty transfer from the previous owner of a Model 3?

Yes, it does. The balance of the factory warranty (whether owned by a private party or dealer) will transfer with the purchase of a used Model 3.

Should I sell my Model 3 or trade it in somewhere?

You should definitely sell it on Find My Electric! There are very few situations where trading in a used Model 3 will result in an equal or higher price to what you could get by selling on the open used Tesla market, especially on a high-end, advanced marketplace like Find My Electric.

Wow—did you make it all the way to the end of this guide? Congrats, you’re now a used Model 3 wizard! Seriously though—there’s a ton of good info here, so we hope you’re better-informed about the buying/selling process, and all things Model 3.

That said, if you’re looking to buy or sell your used Model 3, there’s truly no better place than Find My Electric—the ultimate Tesla marketplace. If you’re looking to buy any type of used Tesla, check out our listings page, and if you’re ready to sell—sign up and list your Tesla for sale in minutes!

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