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If you’re looking for a used Tesla Model S for sale, there’s no doubt that you’ve come to the right place! Find My Electric is the ultimate Tesla marketplace, and we’re glad you’re here!

We built Find My Electric to be the best, easiest to use Tesla marketplace on the web, hands down. Whether you’re looking to sell a used Model S, or buy one—this is the most technologically-advanced platform in existence—so feel free to dig in and check out our listings below posted by Tesla enthusiasts and fans, just like you.

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On this page, we’ve also taken the time to create the ultimate guide to buying a used Tesla Model S in 2020. We cover the basics, and also the in-depth, nerdy tips and tricks that you can use to find the best deal possible on a used Model S.

Sound good? Alright, let’s jump into everything you’ve ever wanted to know about buying a used Tesla Model S!

How to Buy a Used Model S
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There’s no doubt that buying a used car of any type can be intimidating to some people, and with Teslas that’s no exception. How do you know if you’re getting one that’s been well taken care of? Are there any years, model-specific trims, or problems to avoid? Is it better to just buy a new Model S? If you’re not buying new, how much should you pay for a used Model S?

These are all valid questions, and in this guide, we’re going to break down questions like this and much more. First, let’s take a look at pricing…

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Tesla Model S – Used vs. New Pricing

In 2020, the pricing for a new Tesla Model S is as follows:

  • Model S Long Range Plus: $69,420
  • Model S Performance: $91,990

There are a few things to note about these prices as well:

  1. They don’t include state/local incentives which reduce the overall cost
  2. They can easily be optioned higher with better wheels, paint colors, interiors, and software features like Full-Self Driving
  3. They don’t factor in the savings compared to a gas vehicle over time

Still, with that said, as awesome as Teslas are (and we do love Teslas here), $80k+ is just simply out of reach for many consumers…

So, what do you do if you want a Tesla but can’t afford a new Model S? Well, you basically have 2 options:

  1. Buy a Model 3
  2. Buy a used Model S

Leasing a Model S could potentially be considered a third option, but generally speaking if you can’t afford to buy a new Model S on a loan, leasing will probably be out of range too.

Let’s talk about the Model 3 for a moment—it’s an amazing vehicle—and here at Find My Electric, we love the Model 3—for sure. But what if you have your heart set on a Model S? Well, in that case it might be hard to “settle” for a Model 3…

It’s definitely up for debate, but the Model S is likely one of the best-looking sedans of all time—it just exudes “tech cool,” and as much as we love the nimbleness and value of the Model 3—we have to say Model S has the edge on looks.

The good news is that if you want a Model S, and don’t want a Model 3—the used Tesla market is your best friend, because some amazing deals can be had! You can actually get into a Model S for under $30k in some cases, and tricked-out, P100D models can be had in the $60k range now—so, there are some great discounts in the used Tesla market for those who can’t afford to buy new.

Used Tesla Model S Prices – How Much Do They Cost?

In this section, we’re going to break down used Tesla Model S prices by model-specific trim (75D, P100D, etc.) to give you a better idea what price range you might be looking at when searching for a used Tesla Model S.

One thing to note is that these prices are approximations that generally fall under a bell curve, so there will be outliers on both ends.

And also, pricing can change quickly in the Tesla world—for example, each time Tesla raises the price of Full-Self Driving (FSD), it becomes a bit more valuable on the used market. And if 2020-2021 rumors are true, they may end up offering FSD as subscription software, which could change the value of that in a completely different way.

With that said, let’s take a look at model-specific pricing on the used market…

First Generation Model S

First Generation Model S – (40, 60, 85, P85, P85+) – 2012 – 2014

If you’re looking for a used Tesla Model S, and funds are the biggest concern, your best chance of getting into one is by looking at the oldest generation models.

Sure, you’ll be sacrificing a few things like battery capacity, Autopilot, looking at an older Media Control Unit (MCU), and some other older tech, but since the exterior design of the Model S has basically remained the same (minus a front-end refresh in 2016) from 2012-2020, you’re still getting the same awesome looking car (more or less) for a lot less money. You also won’t be getting a “D” model with dual motors in this price/year range, which can affect drivability if you’re in a cold climate state too.

But generally speaking, you can expect to pay somewhere between $30k – $49k for a used Tesla Model S in this year range. Models in this range typically don’t creep into the $50k range, with the higher $40k range being reserved for the Performance (P) models. It’s not too hard to find a Model S in the $30k range in this generation.

Second Generation Model S

Second Generation Model S (70, 70D, 85, 85D, P85D, P85DL, 90, 90D, P90D, P90DL) 2014 – 2015

In this year/model range, you’re adding the dual motor (D) models, which really turns the Model S into a different animal—it’s much better-handling in the winter, and has more “snap” on acceleration. In addition to dual motors, the Ludicrous option appears in this range, which offers mind-bending acceleration. And, if you’re savvy, you can find one in the used market for a great deal, often less than $60k and well-cared for in many circumstances.

On the low end, you can expect to pay in the mid-to-high $30k range for Teslas in this range, and then in the upper $50k range on the high end. Because these Model S vehicles don’t have Autopilot 2.0+ hardware and don’t support Full-Self Driving, it’s possible to snag them for a serious discount over their sticker price (considering many of the full-optioned Performance variants were nearly $150k new).

Third Generation Model S

Third Generation Model S (75, 75D, 100D, P100D, P100DL) – 2016 – 2018

In this range, you’re definitely getting a more modern Model S—typically one that has Autopilot 2.0 (but not always in 2016), and newer battery technology. If you purchase a 2018 Model S, it’s possible that you might get the newer version of the MCU (version 2) as well.

Also, if you purchase a P100DL, you’re getting a Model S that’s on par with the 2020 Model S Performance in terms of acceleration, so a 2016 P100D for example is no slouch compared to the newest Model S. You might be losing some battery capacity and efficiency due to the Raven upgrade, but you’re still getting an amazingly fast Model S.

In this generation and year range, you can expect to pay in the mid-to-high $30k range for a 75 or 75D with high miles, all the way up to the high $70k range for a fully-loaded P100DL—so essentially $35k – $79k for this generation, which is quite a spread. Again, you may find vehicles outside of this range, but in our opinion, this represents the typical pricing bell curve for this generation.

Fourth Generation Model S

Fourth Generation Model S (Standard Range, Long Range, Long Range Plus, Performance) 2019 – 2020

In this year/model range, you’re getting very close to what a new Model S would cost, and depending upon the incentives in your state, you’re talking about a lower level of savings vs. new, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still good deals out there.

For example, when you buy used you have room to negotiate with the seller, which is always helpful. On top of that, you’re automatically avoiding the $1200 destination and documentation fee that Tesla charges on every car. Also, if you’re in a state that charges sales tax on automotive purchases, you’ll likely be saving some sales tax as well as the total purchase price of the vehicle will be lower, resulting in a lower sales tax percentage.

In the 2019 – 2020 year range, you can expect to pay anywhere from the mid-to-high $60k range, to well just over $100k for a fully-optioned 2020 Model S Performance. Again, this varies based on mileage, condition, seller motivation, etc.

Used Tesla Model S for Sale Near You – Finding the Best Deals

Now that you have an idea of what it costs to buy a used Model S, that raises an important question—where is the best place to find a deal?! We’re glad you asked 😉

In our opinion, Find My Electric is hands down, the best place to buy a used Model S. We bring together private sellers, Tesla enthusiasts, and dealers in a single marketplace that allows you to search/sort/filter down to the nerdiest, most specific Tesla options in order to find exactly what you’re looking for!

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Ways to Buy a Used Model S

If you’re looking to buy a used Tesla Model S, there are a few options:

  1. Using a Tesla-specific marketplace (Find My Electric)
  2. Buying a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle directly from Tesla
  3. Buying from a dealer
  4. Using a third-party site designed for gas-powered cars (AutoTrader, Cars.com, CarGurus, Craigslist, etc.)
  5. Using an auction site like eBay Motors
  6. Using a local Facebook or social media group
  7. Buying direct from someone you know

If you’re looking to get the widest selection of Teslas and the best prices, Find My Electric is your best bet overall.

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Shopping for a Used Tesla Online

While there are other sites such as Craigslist, AutoTrader, etc. where you can shop for used Teslas, they really aren’t created for electric cars, especially not Teslas. You can’t search/sort/filter based on Tesla-specific options, and they’re overrun with ads that often times don’t even differentiate between Model S sub-types. Even sites that claim to cater to electric vehicles or Teslas specificall don’t work well, are clunky, and don’t allow you to manage your own ads.

Facebook or other social media groups can be a decent place to look for a used Tesla, but it’s very hard to see more than the last day or so of posts, so many good deals slip through the cracks, and it’s really hard to find what you want as there’s really no filtering beyond price.

Buying from Tesla and getting a CPO car is probably the next best way to purchase a used Tesla Model S, after Find My Electric. Because, you’re getting the satisfaction that Tesla has checked the car over (you can have them do this for any car you’re considering buying though), and they often provide a 2 or 4-year extended warranty for used Model S vehicles (sorry, Model 3, no extended warranty for you). But, you’ll often pay a lot more than you will from a private seller, and there is NO negotiating with Tesla, so forget about that if you’re thinking you can talk them down to a lower price.

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Buying From a Dealer

Buying from a dealer is an OK option when it comes to buying a used Model S, but you need to make sure they’re a dealer who understands Teslas and has taken care of the car while they have it.

Also, another important thing to note is that Tesla will NOT allow you to purchase an extended warranty on ANY Tesla vehicle that was owned by a dealer at ANY time. So, if you’re thinking you can negotiate a great price from a dealer, and then just slap an extended warranty on that P90D, you’re going to be in for a surprise.

One final thing to consider when buying from a dealer is price. Generally speaking, dealers have rent, utilities, payroll, and other various overhead expenses, so they charge more for vehicles than private sellers. They’re also in the business of making money from selling vehicles, so you’re not as likely to get the low price that you would when purchasing from a private seller. This doesn’t mean you can’t find a good deal as it does happen sometimes, but it’s just less likely.

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Using an Auction Site

First of all, it can be difficult to contact private sellers on some auction sites (not the case on Find My Electric!). The contact info can be often be buried within a prompt, and you may be required to register in order to contact buyers too.

Second, if the car is in an auction style listing on eBay, you’re stuck with the pressure of bidding against other buyers, which isn’t for everyone and can be stressful. If you’re not lighting quick with your bids, it’s possible that you may miss out on a great deal.

Third, sometimes it’s pretty hard to get in touch with customer service at auction sites if you need help. You’re often put into a queue, and they get back to you when they have time. At Find My Electric, you can call/text/email us anytime—we’re here to help!

Lastly, when the auction ends on most auction sites, you’re obligated to purchase the vehicle as bidding is considered a binding contract. When you add up all of these things, auctions aren’t always the best way to get your hands on a used Model S.

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Find My Electric – The BEST Way to Buy a Used Tesla!

We spent well over a year painstakingly building every aspect of Find My Electric, making it the easiest-to-use, most technologically-advanced Tesla marketplace on the planet!

Most online car marketplaces are horrible when it comes to buying/selling electric cars—and even sites that claim to be “Tesla-specific” are super hard to use and make you jump through a million hoops just to sell your Tesla (they don’t even let you manage your own ad!).

The truth is, you won’t find an easier way to buy or sell your Tesla—and you won’t find a marketplace that’s run by people who are more enthusiastic supporters of the Tesla community!

If there’s anything we can do to help you on your quest to find the perfect used Model S, please feel free to reach out!

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Most Popular Used Model S Trim Levels

What is the best used Model S? Which one is the fastest? Which is the most popular? In this section, we’re going to briefly touch on the different Model S trim levels you’ll see on the used market to help you understand the differences.

P100D

This is our favorite used Model S—the king of the hill, the P-hundo-D! When Tesla introduced this variant in 2016, everything changed because it had a crazy amount of range (315 miles) and a 0-60 time of 2.4 seconds. This model continued in 2017, 2018, and 2019 until it was eventually replaced by the Model S Performance. This is one of the best Model S trims that you can get! And, if you’re savvy enough, they can be found in the $60k range. Click here to see used P100D vehicles for sale.

P85D

Introduced in 2014 and running through 2016, the P85D was a groundbreaking Model S because it was the first dual motor performance (P) variant. With a factory-fresh battery, the P85D was rated for about 253 miles, but anyone who’s driven one knows that hitting the accelerator a few times really takes the battery charge down—but it’s oh-so-fun! You can generally find a P85D in the high $30k range to the low $60k range depending upon condition, mileage, and the level of seller motivation. Check out the P85D listings here.

P90D

Think of the P90D as the P85D’s slightly bigger brother, clocking in at about a 270 mile range from the factory with similar speed and performance specs. The P90D was introduced in 2015 and was produced through 2017. You can even find some later P90Ds with AP 2.0 hardware, which makes them compatible with the current FSD software (pending a small upgrade) and a great deal. P90Ds are typically listed for sale in the high $40k range to the $60k range. You can check out used P90D Teslas for sale here.

85D

The 85D is the little brother to the P85D, and it’s no slouch when it comes to acceleration either, capable of a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds and a 270 mile range. If you’re not into the performance package Model S cars, and you’re looking to get a great deal on a Model S, a used 85D is one way to do that. Listing prices are typically in the mid-to-high $30k range to the low $40k range, depending upon condition, mileage, etc. Check out used Model S 85D vehicles here.

75D

Introduced in 2016 and going until 2019, the 75D is somewhat analogous to the Model S Long Range but with significantly less capacity at a 259 mile battery range. 0-60 on this Model S clocks in at about 4.2 seconds, making it no slouch in the speed department. The 75D is a great option for someone who doesn’t need that 400 mile range or the Model S Performance level speed. The typical asking price for Model S 75D vehicles is in the high $30k to the low $60k range depending upon options, condition, etc. If you’re on the hunt for one of these, click here to view all the used Tesla Model S 75D vehicles for sale on Find My Electric.

100D

The Model S 100D is basically the previous version of the Long Range Plus AWD Model S, but can be had for a cheaper price on the used market, generally speaking. The battery range isn’t quite as good at 335 miles, and the 0-60 time is a tick slower at about 3.9 seconds, although that’s still quite fast. The used market asking price of Tesla Model S 100D vehicles is generally in the high $50k range to the low $60k range. Click here to check out used Tesla 100D vehicles for sale on Find My Electric.

70D

The Tesla Model S 70D was produced beginning in 2015 and was also made in 2016, and 2017. This Model S had about 240 miles of range and 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds, making it one of the slower Model S vehicles. However, if you’re looking to get into a used Model S for a relatively cheap price, the 70D isn’t a bad option. Asking prices for used Tesla Model S 70D vehicles typically start in the mid $30k range and go up to about the high $40k range. Click here to check out used Tesla Model S 70D vehicles for sale.

P85+

The P85+ was the successor to Tesla’s first performance car, the P85. The plus added some additional features like a sportier suspension, different tires, and a few other options. This variant remains popular among used Tesla buyers who are looking for a quick accelerating Model S that can be had for a lower cost. The range on the P85+ is about 265 miles, with a 0-60 time of about 4.4 seconds. The used market pricing for the P85+ range begins in about the mid $30k range and goes up to about the mid $40k range, depending upon mileage, condition, and other specifics. Click here to check out used Tesla Model S P85+ vehicles for sale.

40

Ah, the Tesla Model S 40 kWh version—this was the Model S that started it all. This model was only produced in 2012 and 2013, and is quite old according to today’s standards. However, if you’re looking for the cheapest used Tesla Model S available, this is often it. Range is only 139 miles, and the 0-60 time is about 6.5 seconds. Prices typically range in the mid-to-high $20k range to the $30k range. You can click here to check out the used Tesla Model S 40 vehicles for sale.

P85DL

The P85DL, also known as the P85D with “Ludicrous Mode,” was the first vehicle to take the already fast performance Model S and add some extra oomph on top! With the additional Ludicrous Mode (designated be the extra “L” in the model name and a subtle line under the read P85DL badge), P85DL laid the groundwork for the Model S to become one of the fastest-accelerating production cars in the world. While the P85DL was only produced for 3 years (2014, 2015, and 2016), it was a groundbreaking car for Tesla and can typically be picked up for a great price on the used market.

Long Range AWD

This model was basically the successor to the 100D without some of the battery improvements that the Model S Long Range Plus AWD has. It was produced from 2019 – 2020 and is no longer in production. The range is about 373 miles with a 0-60 time of about 3.7 seconds. Asking prices on the used market typically begin in the low $60k range, and go into the low $70k range depending as usual on condition, mileage, seller motivation, and other factors. Click here to check out used Model S Long Range AWD vehicles for sale on Find My Electric.

Long Range Plus AWD

The Model S Long Range Plus AWD is the successor to the 100D variant, and has similar specs in terms of range and performance, although the Raven update did increase the range a bit. The Long Range Plus AWD Model S has a range of 402 miles with a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, making it incredibly fast, although not a quick as it’s big brother, the Model S Performance. The Model S Long Range Plus AWD variant was produced beginning in 2019 and is currently produced in 2020. Prices typically range in the mid-to-high $60k range to the low $70k range depending upon options, mileage, and condition. Click here to check out used Model S Long Range AWD vehicles for sale.

Performance

The Performance Model S replaced the P100D variant in 2019 as Tesla sought to simplify their production line and streamline their offerings. The range of the Model S Performance is about 340 miles with a 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds. The Model S Performance is the fastest one that you can find hands down (until the 2020 Roadster comes out), and prices on the used market typically start in the $80k range and go to over $100k as this model is only 1-2 years old depending upon the specific vehicle. Check out used Model S Performance vehicles for sale here.

Standard Range AWD

This model was basically a successor to the 75D, with a range of about 285 miles on a fully-charged battery, and a 0-60 time of about 4.2 seconds. This is one of the most modern and updated used Model S vehicles you can purchase, even if it’s not one of the fastest. Asking prices for Standard Range AWD models begin at about the low $60k range and go into the low $70k range, depending upon specifics such as condition, mileage, and options (such as Full-Self Driving etc.). Click here to check out used Model S Standard Range AWD vehicles for sale on Find My Electric.

Used Model S vs. CPO Model S – What’s the Difference?

Whenever the words “used Model S” are thrown around, undoubtedly the term “CPO Model S” is tossed in alongside it somewhere. What does that mean, exactly? Well, it refers to Tesla’s factory Certified Pre-Owned program.

Technically, Tesla doesn’t “certify” pre-owned vehicles anymore (the used to restore them to like-new condition), but people still refer to them as “CPO” cars in the Tesla community. Essentially, you’re buying a used car directly from Tesla that they’ve taken back on a trade, lease, or in some other way and then they check the car over and issue either a 2-year or 4-year warranty on the vehicle depending upon the year and mileage (older vehicles with higher mileage get the 2-year warranty, new vehicles with lower mileage get the 4-year warranty). The 2-year warranty goes up to 100k miles, and the 4-year warranty typically goes an additional 50k miles above the current mileage on the vehicle, and is similar to the initial factory warranty.

The fact that you get a warranty is definitely a benefit to buying directly from Tesla, but the problem is that this comes at a higher cost, and you can often add an extended warranty to a used Model S as long as there is some remaining balance of the factory warranty. In addition to that, many used Model S vehicles for sale still have a balance of the factory warranty too. So, you might be able to get a better deal from a private party and then just add your own extended warranty direct from Tesla.

In the next few sections, we’ll look directly at some of the pros and cons related to buying a used Model S vs. a CPO Model S.

Used Model S Pros

Used Model S Cons

Often cheaper No extended warranty included
Negotiation with a seller is possible (zero negotiating with Tesla) Buyer must pay for Tesla inspection
Can add your own extended warranty later Some haggling may be required to get the lowest price
Able to preview the vehicle easier Buyer may need to purchase a separate vehicle history report
Able to take ownership of the vehicle more quickly Some vehicles may have aftermarket modifications
Able to test drive the vehicle (this is not always possible with a Tesla CPO car) No minimum tire wear standard
Vehicle may be in better shape if the seller was meticulous (some CPO cars have moderate wear/tear) Paperwork and title transfer work must be handled by buyer/seller

CPO Model S Pros

CPO Model S Cons

Included extended warranty Often more expensive
Included inspection Zero negotiation
Direct from Tesla (some people may prefer this way to purchase a vehicle, used or not) Need to put a down payment on the car sight unseen
No haggling necessary (a potential plus for some people who don’t like to do this) Often longer time frame to take possession of vehicle
No aftermarket modifications Not always able to test drive
Minimum standards such as tire wear, etc. Sometimes in worse shape than a well-cared for third-party Tesla

Used Electric Cars – Model S vs. the Competition

Most people in the electric car world know that Tesla leads the pack—and this isn’t really up for debate. However, with that said—that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other interesting offerings among other car manufacturers.

Which raises the question—how does a used Tesla Model S stack up against the competition? The TL;DR answer is—very well. In fact, as Elon said during the last Tesla Autonomy Event—most manufacturers are still struggling to keep up with the 2012 Model S and can’t—so that’s about all most people need to know. However, with that said—let’s take a look at how a used Model S compares to other relatively popular EVs like the Nissan Leaf, etc.

Nissan Leaf

Used Tesla Model S vs. Nissan Leaf

These two vehicles really aren’t even in the same category—the Leaf is an econobox electric car while the Model S is a cutting edge, top-of-the-line electric luxury sedan. In fact, the Leaf isn’t even a good competitor to the Model 3.

That said, the range on the Nissan Leaf is 150 miles to 226 miles, which isn’t too bad on the upper end. However, the 0-60 time is an abysmal 6.5-7.5 seconds, which is actually quite terrible and barely as good as the 2012 Model S. So, as Elon said, “Still waiting…”

Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Pre-Owned Model S vs. Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Now, this is a bit fairer comparison—two top-tier luxury electric cars. And the Taycan is beautiful, we’ll give Porsche that. There’s no doubt that they know how to design a good-looking vehicle that really grabs your eye.

That said, the Taycan starts at about $105k and goes up to about $185k with only 200 miles of range max. Twice the price for nearly half the range? Oof. That’s rough. It is a good-looking car though, so that’s something, we guess.

Audi E-Tron

Audi E-Tron vs. Used Model S

Honestly, the coolest thing about the Audi E-Tron is that Tony Stark drives one (he should really be in a Model S Performance, but that’s a discussion for another day). We’re still not sure why Marvel didn’t use Tesla (literally the most technologically-advanced cars on the road).

Car cameos aside, the E-Tron has a range of only about 218 miles on the battery and a 0-60 of 5.4 seconds. This doesn’t even best the Model 3, let alone a used Model S.

Lastly, did we mention that étron is French for “turd?” Yep, really.

Jaguar I-Pace

Pre-Owned Model S vs. Jaguar I-Pace

The Jaguar I-Pace was touted as a big competitor to Tesla—a prediction that never came to fruition. The I-Pace is incredibly inefficient, especially at high speeds—and despite the inherent reliability of EVs, Jaguar always seems to have reliability issues, with the I-Pace (according to various user comments) being no exception.

Additionally, the Jaguar I-Pace has a range of about 234 miles, and the 0-60 time is about 4.5 seconds, which isn’t too bad. But considering the base price is about $70k without options, a used Model S is the clear winner here.

Chevrolet Bolt

Used Model S vs. Chevrolet Bolt

Again, similar to the Nissan Leaf comparison, the Chevrolet Bolt is really an econobox electric car and isn’t in the same league as the Model S (or the Model 3 for that matter). But, with a 259-mile range, it’s not too shabby if you’re looking for a commuter. The 0-60 time is about 6.3 seconds, which barely bests the 2012 Model S, so again—no comparison here really.

It’s pretty clear from these comparisons that a used Model S is really the way to go for a budget-conscious EV buyer. It really wins on all points—style, range, 0-60, not to mention the Supercharging stations etc. And given the fact that the Model S spans so many years and can be had in the $30k range, there’s really not a lot of incentive to choose a different EV, even if it’s newer.

Lucid Air

Lucid Air vs Tesla Model S

Ah, the fabled Lucid Air—it seems this long-rumored premium EV sedan will finally come to fruition in 2021. But the question is—how does the Lucid Air compare to a Model S? Although no one knows for sure, we can examine some of the early data.

With a range of 400-500 miles, and a 1/4 mile time of 9.9 seconds (yes, it’s a sub-10 second car), this seems like it could be the first time the Model S has a true competitor. We also know just how hard it is to bring a concept to production—so in reality, there’s a lot that remains to be seen.

We also know that Tesla will likely be releasing new battery technology before the first Lucid Air even rolls off the assembly line. On top of that, Tesla is so far ahead in autonomous driving/machine learning technology, that no company may ever be able to catch up. And even if you buy a used Model S, you’re still reaping the benefits of all the software progress, etc. So, we think the Model S is still takes the cake for the foreseeable future.

Used/CPO Model S vs. New Model 3 – Which Should I Get?

We wrote an entire, in-depth blog post on this topic which you can find here. So, if you’re looking for a complete, nerdy breakdown on the topic, you should check that out.

However, just to summarize in this ultimate guide to buying a used Tesla Model S, we’ll touch on some of the main points as this (used/CPO Model S vs. new Model 3) is a common conundrum for Tesla buyers.

The allure of a used Model S often weighs heavy when looking at how closely the prices compare to a new Model 3, leaving people to wonder—“Which Tesla should I get? A CPO or used Model S or a new Model 3?” Let’s take a quick look at some of the pros and cons of each.

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Used/CPO Model S Pros

Used/CPO Model S Cons

Larger, more spacious vehicle Most used Model S vehicles are using older technology compared to the Model 3
Has an extended warranty if it’s a CPO car Model 3 is more refined
Typically faster than a Model 3 Model 3 repair cost may be lower
Has a bit more “cool factor” Fewer “gadgets” (like air suspension) fail on Model 3
Two displays Model 3 would be brand new for the same price
Heated steering wheel available Model 3 has more nimble handling
Panoramic moonroof available Model 3 has a better, more responsive touch screen than many older Model S vehicles
Towing available Full factory warranty on a new Model 3
More cargo room Model 3 can be delivered faster in many cases
Autopilot is often already included/paid for Model 3 may have better range and a fresher battery
Free unlimited supercharging is often already included/paid for Model 3 battery technology is more efficient
All aluminum so the body panels won’t rust in winter-climate states Model 3 may be easier to park in urban areas and tight spots
More options for wheels and tires Tires are typically cheaper due to their smaller size
Larger interior and bigger seats Model 3 charges faster on lower amperage outlets
Longer/wider rear view mirror All Model 3 vehicles are FSD-capable (many 2016 and older Model S vehicles are not)

As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. So, we recommend taking a look at our used/CPO Model S vs. new Model 3 blog post to dive into some nerdy specifics!

Used Tesla Model S – Frequently Asked Questions

In order to make this page the absolute, ultimate guide to buying a used Tesla Model S, we collected questions from users across the Internet and answer them all—right here! If you’ve got a question about buying a used Model S, chances are if we haven’t already answered it on this page, it’s answered below.

Should I buy a used Tesla Model S?

We think so! A used Model S represents one of the best values in EVs anywhere, and it’s a great way to get an awesome performing and looking Tesla if a new Model S is outside of your budget.

Which used Tesla Model S should I buy?

This really depends on your own preference, but our favorite used Model S for the money is the P100D. The 85D is also a popular option for people looking to get into a Model S on the cheap and still have good looks coupled with decent performance and range.

Is it worth it buying a used Model S?

In our opinion, definitely! As mentioned above, it represents one of the best values in EVs that you can find today. There’s no doubt that a new Model S is expensive for most people, so buying a used Model S is a great way to get one at an affordable price.

Is a used Model S a good buy?

Definitely! As long as you do your research, make sure you aren’t overpaying, and find a nice Model S that’s been well taken care of by its previous owner.

How much does a used Tesla Model S cost?

Anywhere from about $30k to $100k depending upon the specific trim, mileage, condition, and options, give or take about 5%.

Does Tesla discount used Model S vehicles?

Yes—if you’re buying a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle directly from Tesla. However, the prices are generally higher than buying directly from a private party Tesla owner.

Is it better to buy a used Model S vs. a new Model S?

This really depends on your budget and needs in a vehicle. If money is a concern looking at the price of a new Model S, a used Model S is a great way to own a Tesla at an affordable price.

What is the best used Model S? P100D? 85D? Something else?

Our favorite in terms of “bang for the buck” is the P100D which can be had in the low to mid $60k range if you find a good deal, depending upon mileage, condition, options, etc.

Is a used Model S reliable?

Yes—used Tesla Model S vehicles have been proven to be extremely reliable, with some of them hitting over 200k miles, and many over 100k miles.

Can I sell my used Model S to anyone? Or does it have to be traded into Tesla?

As long as you aren’t leasing your Model S, you can sell it to anyone as you would any other car. Some people mistakenly believe that a Model S must be traded back into Tesla when you’re done, but this is only the case with a leased vehicle.

Does a used Model S get free supercharging?

Yes—most used Model S vehicles have unlimited lifetime supercharging. However, this isn’t the case for all used Model S vehicles. Once you get into 2017 and newer Model S vehicles, they may or may not have free unlimited supercharging, so you’ll want to be sure to check into this and verify the supercharging status of any vehicle you’re looking to buy with Tesla before you purchase it.

How do I inspect a used Tesla Model S?

In our opinion, the best way to do this is to make an appointment with the seller to have it inspected at a local Tesla service center.

How do I search for a used Model S?

On this site, of course! You can check out our listings page here to see used Tesla Model S vehicles for sale. Sure, you can use sites like Craigslist, eBay, etc. but we think Find My Electric is the absolute best place to buy and search for a used Tesla!

Where can I find a used Tesla Model S?

On Find My Electric, of course! Again, there are other sites out there that you can use—but none of them are as technologically-advanced or provide the same level of detail-oriented Tesla nerdiness as Find My Electric.

Can you lease a used Tesla Model S?

No, you can’t. You can only lease a new Tesla Model S. However, you may be able to takeover another Tesla owner’s lease, depending upon the specifics and the term.

How do I register a used Model S with Tesla?

If you purchase a used Tesla Model S from a third-party, you can contact Tesla customer service at 1 (888) 518-3752 and they will walk you through the process.

Where can I find a used Tesla Model S under $30,000?

On Find My Electric! Model S vehicles in this price range don’t come up every day, and when they do they’re typically higher mileage or in the 2012 – 2013 model years. So, if you’re looking for a sub-$30k used Model S, take a look at our used Model S listings to see what’s available.

Does a Used Model S Come With an Extended Warranty?

This is a multi-part answer. First, if you buy a used CPO Model S from Tesla, it should come with a 2-year of 4-year extended warranty. Second, if you buy a used Model S from a private seller that already has an extended warranty (or the balance of the factory warranty) it should transfer to any subsequent buyer. However, there are a lot of different situations where a used Model S won’t have an extended warranty, especially in the earlier years, so make sure to verify the warranty status and transferability with Tesla before you purchase any used Model S.

The Used Tesla Model S Buying Guide – Putting it All Together

We hope you enjoyed this ultimate guide to buying a used Tesla Model S! At this point, we can’t imagine there’s anything left to cover—but if you’ve got any questions, feel free to reach out to our team and we’ll help you with anything that we can!

And if you’re currently in the market for a used Tesla Model S, be sure to check out our current listings. Happy Tesla hunting!

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