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Are you searching for a used Tesla Model Y for sale? Have you become frustrated with the small selection and high prices? If you answered yes to these questions, you’ve come to the right place!

Welcome to Find My Electric—the ultimate Tesla marketplace, where we bring used Tesla buyers and sellers together in a way like nothing you’ve ever seen before! We created Find My Electric to be the absolute easiest way to buy and sell a used Tesla! Whether you’ve got a used Model Y you’re looking to sell, or you’re a buyer trying to save a few bucks over the cost of a new one, we’ve got you covered!

We also wanted to provide a little extra help to buyers who are looking for a pre-owned Model Y, so we created the Ultimate Guide to Buying a Used Model Y (just a bit further down on this page). So, take a moment to check out our current used Model Y vehicles available for sale (right below), and then jump into the buying guide if you’re looking to learn more!

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Where do you even begin if you’re looking for a used Model Y for sale? How much should you pay? How do you get a used Tesla inspected?

There are so many questions like these that used Model Y buyers (and used Tesla buyers in general) have—especially if they’re not familiar with the EV/Tesla world; it can be a little intimidating to say the least…

But, don’t despair—if you’ve got questions or are bit confused, we’re here to help! In order to teach you you the ins and outs of buying a used Tesla Model Y, we created this awesomely-detailed guide. Are you ready to learn everything you every wanted to know about buying a used Model Y (and then some)? Alright—let’s dive right in!

Buying a Used Model Y in 2020 – The Complete Guide

OK, so—you want to buy a used Tesla Model Y—and the #1 reason you’re looking at used (vs. new) is because you want to save a few bucks, right?

Sure, there may be other reasons, but generally speaking, price is the #1 reason that people buy a used vehicle vs. a new vehicles, and Teslas are really no different.

But, that raises a lot of questions like—can you even save money on a used Model Y? How much does a used Model Y cost? Along with lots of other similar things you may have been thinking…

So, to kick off this ultimate guide, we’re first going to look at prices and give you a run down of what you can expect to pay for a used Tesla Model Y.

Model Y Deep Blue Metallic

Used Model Y Prices—How Much Should You Spend?

The Model Y is quite possibly the most interesting Tesla available right now, and part of the reason is because it’s the newest Tesla. It’s also their most affordable SUV, which is a big deal for people with families or who need the storage space (making it a bit more expensive than the Model 3).

Unfortunately, the bad news about the Model Y being the latest and greatest that Tesla has to offer is that the margins on the used market are a bit tighter than some of the other Teslas that have been out for a while (like the Model S since 2012!).

Before we get into the specific prices that you can expect to pay for a used Model Y, let’s take a look at what they cost new in order to provide a baseline.

New Model Y Price & MSRP

The current pricing is as follows for new Tesla Model Y vehicles:

  • Long Range AWD: $49,990
  • Performance AWD: $59,990

Tesla also offers the following Model Y colors (some at a premium):

  • Pearl White Multi-Coat: (Included)
  • Solid Black: $1,000
  • Midnight Silver Metallic: $1,000
  • Deep Blue Metallic: $1,000
  • Red Multi-Coat: $2,000

In terms of other options, Tesla offers the following:

  • All Black Interior: (Included)
  • Black and White Interior: $1,000
  • Five Seat Interior: (Included)
  • Seven Seat Interior: $3,000
  • Tow Hitch: $1,000
  • Full Self-Driving: $8,000

And that’s it! If you’ve been following Tesla for any length of time, you know that they’ve dramatically reduced the number of options/configurations available on their vehicles over time in order to streamline production. Now that we understand what a new Model Y costs, let’s take a look at what you can expect to pay for a used Model Y.

Tesla Model Y
Used Model Y Long Range AWD Price

Used Model Y Long Range AWD Price

The Long Range AWD (as of late 2020) is the closest that you can get to a “base” Model Y. Will Tesla produce a standard range variant? We’re not sure, but if you’re looking for a cheap used Model Y, this trim level is your best option.

And with 316 miles of range and a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds, this is definitely one of the best EVs on the market today (especially the used market).

Seeing as the Model Y wasn’t actually released until 2020 (making a used Model Y Long Range AWD fairly new still), the discount you can expect on a used Model Y isn’t as big as it will be in the future once there are more in the used market.

That said, you can expect to pay between $47,000 to $61,000 for a used Model Y Long Range AWD depending upon specific options, mileage, and condition.

Used Model Y Performance AWD Price

Used Model Y Performance AWD Price

The Model Y Performance is on of the most exhilarating EV SUVs on the planet—there’s no doubt about that, with a range of 291 miles and a 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds!

But, like the Long Range AWD Model Y, the Performance version’s oldest model year is 2020—so it’s not likely that you’re going to get a steep discount (although you may be able to find a motivated private seller in some situations).

If you’re looking for the cheapest used Model Y, the Performance variant is usually not going to be your best choice as the starting MSRP is $10,000 more than the Long Range AWD Model Y (which is actually quite an increase, considering the Model 3 Performance is only $8,000 more than the Model 3 Long Range AWD).

Generally speaking though, you can expect to pay $57,000 to $68,000 for a used Model Y Performance, depending upon specific options, mileage, and condition.

How to Buy a Used Model Y

Can You Find a Tesla Model Y for Under $30,000? Under $40,000?

Because the price of Tesla vehicles is higher than some common cars (such as a Honda Civic, for example), people often look to see if they can find the best deal possible—raising the question of whether or not a used Model Y can be found under certain price points like $40,000 or $30,000.

And the current answer to that is—no, you can’t find a used Model Y for under $40,000 or under $30,000.

But—this will likely change in the future if Tesla releases a Standard Range Model Y, and also as current vehicles accumulate mileage and age. This will take some time though—so don’t expect to get a Model Y this cheap anytime soon.

If you’re looking for a cheap used Tesla, you’ll likely have better luck looking at used Model 3 vehicles and also at used Model S vehicles.

New Model Y vs. Used Model X—Which One Should You Get?

An important question in the Tesla universe is used Model X vs. new Model Y. Because a used Model X can be had (depending upon year, mileage, options, etc.) for a similar price to a new Model Y, this presents and interesting problem (similar to the used Model S vs. new Model 3 question).

That said, the answer to this question really depends upon a variety of factors. For example—do you need the size/space of a Model X? If you’ve got a big family or regularly transport cargo, you may want to consider a used Model X. However, if you don’t need the space and want the latest and greatest tech that Tesla has to offer, then you may want to go for a new Model Y.

Ultimately, this question is more about personal preference than budget as the prices are quite similar among certain configurations. In order to help you further understand the difference, we’ve highlighted some pros and cons of each option below.

New Model Y Pros

New Model Y Cons

Tesla’s latest and greatest technology/refinements Additional fees (destination/doc, etc.)
New vehicle with zero miles Higher taxes (if you live in an area that charges sales/registration tax on vehicles)
Full bumper-to-bumper warranty Only one screen
Zero wear and tear Less cargo capacity
Smaller, easier to park Less luxurious seats
More nimble handling Less comfortable for larger passengers
No need to have it inspected/check vehicle history Price negotiation not possible
Easy to take delivery from your local Tesla store Some depreciation will occur when it’s driven off the lot
Tesla handles all paperwork Free supercharging not included
Financing rates may be lower Premium connectivity not lifetime

Used Model X Pros

Used Model X Cons

Larger, more comfortable vehicle for bigger passengers Older technology in some Model X vehicles (MCU, Autopilot computer/hardware, etc.)
Massive cargo space Slower, more “boaty” handling compared to Model Y
Adjustable ride height May be condition issues on a used vehicle
Two screens Need to have it inspected, verify the history, etc. (unless you buy a CPO from Tesla)
Heated steering wheel available Need to handle the paperwork yourself (vs. Tesla doing it for you)
Auto-opening rear passenger doors (gull wing) Interest rates may be higher on an older vehicle vs. new
Auto-opening driver’s door More advanced components to fail (air suspension vs. coils on Model Y, motorized doors, etc.)
Panoramic front windshield Potentially more time involved in shopping for a used Model X than ordering a new vehicle
Negotiation is possible Less range (on some models)
Included legacy features like free unlimited supercharging, free premium connectivity, etc. Takes longer to charge

Used Model Y vs. New Model Y—Is It Worth Buying Used?

When looking at the price of a new Model Y, it’s definitely natural to wonder “what about buying a used Model Y instead of new?” We’ve already covered the most common comparison (new Model Y vs. used Model X), but we wanted to take a moment and look at the idea of buying a new vs. used Model Y.

Since we’ve already mentioned the pros/cons of a new Model Y in the section above, we won’t cover that again—but let’s take a look at the pros and cons of buying a used Model Y as compared to a new Model Y.

Used Model Y Pros

Used Model Y Cons

Save on fees (destination and doc fee is $1,200) May be some wear and tear (although most Teslas are very well-cared for)
Ability to negotiate on price vs. a new Model Y (Tesla never negotiates) Need to do due diligence on the vehicle (you’ll need to get it inspected, check the history, etc.)
Cheaper registration/tabs tax (if you live someplace where this is required) Some software features may not transfer (more on that in the following sections)
Cheaper sales tax (if you live someplace where sales tax is charged on motor vehicles) The warranty period will be shorter (Tesla does not currently allow extended warranties on Model Y)
Cheaper EAP/FSD (software upgrades are often the most discounted thing on used Teslas) Negotiation may be necessary to get the best price (some people prefer not to negotiate)
Cheaper Acceleration Boost (again, software is often discounted vs. new) Purchasing a used Model Y out of state might be necessary to get the best price (some people would prefer not to travel or deal with shipping)
Shorter wait time (some configurations may be delayed weeks) The savings may not currently be that big vs. buying new (Model Y just came out in 2020, so all used vehicles are still fairly new)
Ability to test drive before purchasing (Tesla doesn’t usually allow you to test drive the specific vehicle you’re buying) Need to handle paperwork yourself (instead of Tesla doing it)
Materials have had time to off gas (some people are sensitive to the “new car smell”) Interest rates may be higher (vs. a new Model Y)
Cheaper price overall vs. new (the biggest benefit) May not have the latest changes to hardware (Tesla updates hardware/parts on a rolling basis)

CPO Model Y Vehicles—Do They Exist?

If you’re considering purchasing a used Model Y, you may be wondering about whether or not you can purchase a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) used Model Y directly from Tesla, and the answer to that question is—no, you can’t.

Currently (at the end of 2020), you can’t purchase a used CPO Model Y from Tesla as the vehicle is too new. Will they change this eventually? Most likely, as they do it with all of their other vehicles, but you can’t purchase one right now. So, your only option is the used private party market or purchasing from a dealer if you’re looking for a used Model Y.

Used Model Y vs Used Model 3
Which is Better?

If you’re searching for a used Model Y, chances are that you’ve probably looked at, test driven, and considered a used Model 3 as well…

Which raises the question—which is better, a used Model 3 or used Model Y? Well, that really depends on how we define “better.”

The Model 3 has been around longer and can be had for less money on the used market, where the Model Y is much newer and the discounts aren’t as deep when searching for a used one. Pricing aside, there are some other considerations too…

For example, the Model Y currently represents the best iteration of the Model 3 in many ways. Everything that Tesla learned while producing the Model 3 has been applied to the Model Y; Tesla has updated parts that have had a big impact on reliability or functionality such as adding a heat pump to the Model Y battery, etc. So, whenever you’re buying used, this is a consideration (albeit a small one). Let’s take a look at some of the pros/cons of a used Model Y vs. used Model 3.

Used Model 3 vs New Model Y

Reasons a Used Model Y is Better Than a Used Model 3

Reasons a Used Model 3 is Better Than a Used Model Y

The newest parts/updates (battery heat pump, etc.) Slightly more range
More cargo space Less expensive
More leg room for passengers More options on the used market
Electric auto-opening hatch More colors available on the used market
Larger diameter wheels Faster acceleration
More ground clearance (helpful in winter climates) Rear wheel drive models available
Higher towing capacity Easier to park in public
Factory chrome blackout Easier to fit in garage
More seating space (up to seven seats) May include free unlimited supercharging on some models (early Performance variants)
Slightly higher driving position Slightly more aftermarket parts available (the Model 3 has been out longer, etc.)
Tesla Model Y White Interior

Where Can You Find a Used Model Y for Sale?

Searching for a used Model Y can be a tough task—they haven’t been out for long, and the used market can sometimes be a bit thin, with prices that are absurdly high (often at or even above MSRP in some cases).

On top of that, buying a used Tesla can be nerve-racking in general, given how complex the vehicles are compared to gas-powered cars. And with some states not even having a factory Tesla store, it can become even more complicated.

Which raises the question—where do you even begin to look for a used Model Y? Let’s take a look at the options!

Shopping for Used Tesla Online

Find My Electric—Best Place to Buy a Used Model Y

We may be a little biased, but we’re confident that Find My Electric is by far the best place to shop for (and sell) a used Model Y.

We’ve spent years developing our proprietary searching, sorting, and filtering algorithms—and what this means (in plain English) is that you can find the exact used Model Y you want in seconds.

You don’t have to mess around sifting through nonsense ads with features that don’t apply to electric cars, and you don’t have to click through 100 pages of fake cars before finding something real. Want to filter by Autopilot hardware version? Or a Tesla-specific color like Midnight Silver Metallic? No problem—all it takes is a few clicks; we really did make it that easy.

The bottom line is Find My Electric just works. Period. In every way, shape, and form—we’re the best way to find (and sell) a used Tesla Model Y—so check out or Model Y listings and find the Tesla you’ve been looking for!

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Private Parties (Facebook, Craigslist, AutoTrader, etc.)

Private party sellers are a great option if you’re looking for a used Model Y, and we have many of them on Find My Electric—but the problem is that not all platforms are as good as ours.

If you’re looking for a used Tesla on Facebook you can’t even sort the results by date—seriously, how is that a thing? On Craigslist, you run into tons of scam ads for $25,000 Model S vehicles (and Model 3 sometimes too). On AutoTrader the entire site is geared toward gas-powered cars and you can’t search/sort by any Telsa options at all. Even on so called other “EV/Tesla-specific” sites you can’t search/sort or even list your own car or manage your own ad.

While we think private party buying is a great thing, it’s just not very efficient or well-thought out on other sites.

CarMax

Dealers (Carvana, Carmax, etc.)

Dealers are an OK option in terms of buying a used Model Y, but it has to be a dealer that’s well-versed in Teslas, or they may not have cared for the vehicle properly (which is a big concern).

And although Tesla doesn’t currently offer an extended warranty on Model Y or Model 3, they may choose to do this in the future, which is an important consideration when buying from a dealer. We say this because currently on the Model S/X, if a dealer has ever held it Tesla will not allow an extended warranty to be purchased (and we could see this being the same with the Model 3/Y).

Also, dealers generally charge more money, have high pressure tactics, and other undesirable attributes. On top of that, their websites aren’t geared toward Teslas at all, and are super hard to navigate or find what you’re looking for—making them an unattractive option overall.

Used Tesla Model Y eBay

Auctions (eBay, local auctions, etc.)

Auctions in general are usually a place to get a good deal on a used vehicle, but this is a little different with Teslas. Because they are such technologically-advanced cars, it’s not clear whether many auction houses know how to handle or classify them properly—so it’s possible that if you’re looking at bidding on a Tesla from a larger auction, you may not even know which options it truly has before you bid.

Also, if you’re looking at a peer-to-peer auction site like eBay, there are also drawbacks to this approach as well. For example, you need to make an account and go through the hassle of registering to contact a seller, and then you have to use their convoluted internal messaging system which can be a hassle. And of course, they aren’t geared toward electric vehicles (and especially not to Teslas), which can make it hard to find what you’re looking for.

Tesla CPO Inventory Model Y

NOT From Tesla (Yet)

As of fall 2020, you can’t currently buy a used Model Y directly from Tesla as a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO)/used vehicle.

It’s possible that Tesla may add this in the future (we expect them to), but the Model Y is so new that it hasn’t happened yet.

While CPO vehicles are one of the best ways to get a used Tesla, there are also some drawbacks to this process. One drawback is that the price is generally higher than buying from a private party on the used market, and it doesn’t really help you much with a Model Y because they only allow you to have the balance of the factory warranty anyway (similar to Model 3).

This is fundamentally different from buying a CPO Model S or X because Tesla includes a factory extended warranty on those purchases. So, while CPO Model Y vehicles will be popular with some people, if you’re buying a used Model Y from a private party that’s still under warranty and has a verified history, you might be able to get a better deal and still have almost all the same benefits as a CPO Model Y (when they’re available, of course).

LONG RANGE AWD VS. PERFORMANCE AWD—HOW DO THEY COMPARE?

Currently, Tesla offers two variants of the Model Y—Long Range AWD, and Performance AWD (unlike the Model 3 where there are four variants available). Elon has stated the reason for this is that the range would be too low on the Standard Range Model Y, so they chose to drop that option before production.

Will Tesla change this in the future? It’s possible—especially with the new tech unveiled at Tesla Battery Day 2020. But for now, there are only two trim levels available if you want a Model Y, which raises the question—how do they match up/compare? Let’s take a look at the point-by-point specs below!

Long Range AWD Specs

  • Base Price: $49,990
  • Range: 316 miles
  • 0-60 Time: 4.8s
  • Top Speed: 135 mph
  • Wheel Options: 19" Gemini, 20" Induction
  • Brakes: Standard
  • Suspension Height: Standard
  • Pedals: Standard

Performance AWD Specs

  • Base Price: $59,990
  • Range: 291 miles
  • 0-60 Time: 3.5s
  • Top Speed: 155 mph
  • Wheel Options: 21" Überturbine
  • Brakes: Performance
  • Suspension Height: Lowered
  • Pedals: Aluminum Alloy

Should You Lease or Buy a Used Model Y?

When buying a used Model Y, it’s important to weigh all of the various options that are available—and one thing we haven’t covered yet is leasing. Is it better to lease a Model Y vs. buying a used one?

Well, that’s a tough question and depends a lot on your personal preferences and situation. That said, let’s take a look at some of the objective pros and cons of each situation.

Model Y Leasing (vs. Used) Pros:

Model Y Leasing (vs. Used) Cons:

Lower monthly payment (not always the case) You’re not allowed to buy the vehicle at the end of the lease
Brand new vehicle (no condition issues, etc.) It can be very costly to exit a lease if you need to
Latest Tesla tech (internal parts, Autopilot hardware, etc.) No equity in the vehicle
Vehicle is always under warranty Miles are restricted
Lower down payment (not always the case) There’s a condition check at the end
No paperwork to do yourself (Tesla handles this) Money put into mods is lost (paint protection film, etc.)
Easy to pick up (at your local Tesla store) Some mods may not be allowed or may need to be removed (wraps, etc.)
No negotiation required (you pay a set price) No negotiation possible
You’re getting the newest Model year If Tesla comes out with new features, you’re stuck with the vehicle until the end of its lease term
No need to get the vehicle inspected or verify history Finding someone to take over the lease can be difficult

Used Model Y (vs. Leasing) Pros:

Used Model Y (vs. Leasing) Cons:

Fewer fees (destination and doc fee, etc.) Potential condition/history issues
Negotiating is possible (in order to get a great deal) You have to do the paperwork yourself
You can get the vehicle sooner in many cases You may need to travel or buy out of state to find the best deal
You can test drive the exact vehicle you’re buying You need to arrange and pay for an inspection for the vehicle
You can easily sell it if you want to It may take more time to find what you’re looking for (but Find My Electric is the quickest way!)
There’s usually equity at the end of your payment term It may be more difficult to arrange to see the vehicle (vs. visiting your local Tesla store)
Most used Model Y vehicles are still under the factory warranty You need to do your due diligence on the vehicle’s history
It’s easier to upgrade to a new Model Y if hardware or battery features are released You need to verify options stated by the seller (Autopilot level such as FSD, etc.)
It’s potentially cheaper in the long run You may need to negotiate to get the best deal (some people like this, while others don’t)
No mileage restrictions or condition check at the end of the term (you own the vehicle) CPO Model Y vehicles are not yet available (this will likely change in the future)

Used Tesla Model Y Battery/Trim Level Options Explained

Currently, there are only two trim-level/battery options available for the Model Y (which will likely change in the future).

There are two main reasons for this: 1) Tesla wants to streamline production, and 2) Most people want these two variants anyway.

In the past, Tesla has had trouble with producing enough vehicles and eventually they realized that they needed to simplify the menu in order to make things work as smoothly as possible. Before then, Elon was sleeping on the factory floor and they were doing all kinds of crazy things in order to meet production demands. But now, production is streamlined and working well—partly due to the simplification of options.

On top of that, most people end up buying the Long Range AWD or Performance variants anyway, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to complicate production and delivery logistics in order to simply offer more options. That said, Tesla will likely offer other variants in the future—but for now, the Model Y line up is as follows.

Long Range AWD

This is as close as you can get to a “base” Model Y for now, with 316 miles of range, a top speed of 135 mph, and a 4.8 second 0-60 time, this is an incredibly compelling EV SUV.

This variant began production in January 2020, with the first deliveries occurring in March 2020. Currently the Long Range AWD lowed-optioned variant available from Tesla, with smaller 19” wheels and fewer bells and whistles.

Aside from the wheel options, the Model Y Long Range AWD also has slightly more range than its Performance counterpart (316 miles vs. 291 miles), but this can be affected by driving style, wheel/tire choice, and a few other things such as regenerative braking settings, etc.

As mentioned earlier in this guide, Tesla might create a Standard Range Model Y in the future at a lower price point, but if you’re looking right now for the cheapest used Model Y, the Long Range AWD currently remains your best option.

Performance

Tesla would be remiss if they didn’t offer a performance version of all of their vehicles, right? Well, the Model Y Performance does not disappoint in that area with a range of 291 miles, a top speed of 155 mph, and a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds (which is incredibly fast for a smaller SUV).

Just like the Long Range AWD variant, the Model Y performance has been produced since January 2020 with the first deliveries occurring in March 2020. This model (and the Long Range AWD) are currently available from Tesla and haven’t fully-permeated the used market just yet since they’re so new.

The Performance Model also comes with super slick 21” Überturbine wheels, performance brakes, a lowered suspension, aluminum pedals, and some other software features that are specific to the Performance variant.

While the Performance Model Y definitely won’t be your cheapest option on the used Tesla market, it’s certainly got a lot of bang for the buck.

Used Model Y Features—What Should You Look For?

When searching for a used Model Y, there are some upgrades and additional features that you should be aware of as some of them aren’t available on initial purchase (they’re upgrades after the fact).

In order to help you better-understand the nuances of some of these features, we’ve put together a section about the upgrades and options to be on the lookout for when purchasing a used Model Y.

Model Y Acceleration Boost (Faster 0-60 Time)

New in September, 2020—Tesla finally (as a likely end of quarter revenue push), made “Acceleration Boost” available as an upgrade to the Long Range AWD Model Y.

If this sounds familiar—it’s because they did the same thing on the Model 3 Long Range AWD, but had not yet opened this up as an upgrade on the Model Y. This recently changed as Tesla Model Y owners found a new option available in their Tesla app on the “Upgrades” section for a mere $2,000.

Similar to the Model 3 Acceleration Boost, this cuts the 0-60 time by 0.5 seconds (from 4.8 seconds to 4.3 seconds). This is an interesting option to look for when purchasing a used Model Y because it makes the vehicle noticeably faster.

Model Y Autopilot
AP vs. EAP vs. FSD

Because the Model Y was produced in 2020, it has the latest HW3 version of Autopilot hardware, as well as the latest version of the Full Self-Driving (FSD) computer.

New Model Y vehicles come with Base Autopilot standard (something that older Model 3 vehicles do not have). Model Y vehicles may also have Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) or Full Self-Driving (FSD) depending upon the user-configured options.

If you’re purchasing a used Model Y, it’s important to verify whether or not these were 1) purchased, and 2) will transfer after purchase. In order to be sure, you can contact Tesla directly to find out—just be sure to provide them with the VIN number of the used Model Y you’re considering purchasing.

Model Y Tow Hitch

Rated for up to 3,500 lbs, the Model Y has a factory tow hitch that’s available on the purchase of new vehicles for an extra $1,000 dollars.

Sure, if towing heavier things is an important consideration, you may want to look at a Model X (or Cybertruck), but given that the weight of many small trailers (such as those used for lawnmowers or utility trailers) and small boats is less than 3,500 lbs, the Model Y tow hitch is an interesting option worth considering for people looking to tow with a used Model Y.

Model Y 5 vs. 7 Seat Interior

In order to expand the interior seating options of the Model Y, Tesla offers an optional seven seat interior for an additional $3,000.

 While the Model Y is quite a bit smaller than the Model X in terms of seating options, this is something that’s still attractive for a family looking to seat more people, or someone who consistently has more passengers (or who simply wants the option to seat more people). If you’re looking for a used Model Y and need extra seating space, this may be an option worth looking for.

Used Model Y vs. the Competitors

Whenever you’re looking at a particular vehicle, it’s important to take a moment and check out the competition to understand how it matches up.

Because the Model Y is really the world’s first mainstream affordable EV SUV, many other auto manufacturers have sought to produce something similar as a competitor. Whether you’re buying a new or used Model Y, let’s take a moment to see how the competition stacks up.

Cadillac LYRIQ

Used Model Y vs. Cadillac LYRIQ

Announced in August, 2020, the Cadillac LYRIQ has been touted by some as worthy competitor to the Model Y. It’s been rumored to have a 300 mile range, and use Cadillac’s Super Cruise feature for self-driving (which works off of pre-defined maps, and is notably inferior to Tesla’s Autopilot).

Additionally, the LYRIQ is a bit odd-looking, and isn’t even supposed to start production until the end of 2022, which puts Cadillac at a significant disadvantage given that the Model Y will have a two plus year lead time on it.

Is the LYRIQ a real competitor to the Model Y? We don’t know for sure yet, as time will tell—but at this point, with the LYRIQ being not much more than vaporware, it doesn’t seem so.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Pre-Owned Model Y vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E

People were generally excited in November 2019 when the Ford Mustang Mach-E was unveiled as a direct competitor to the lower price Model 3 and Model Y lineup.

Ford claims a 300 mile range on the higher end Mach-E models, as well as a variety of features such as dual touchscreens and various other infotainment options.

That said, the Mach-E only has 270 miles of range in AWD form, lacks the supercharging network, and will be so far behind Tesla’s Autopilot that Ford may never be able to catch up.

Fisker Ocean

Used Tesla Model Y vs. Fisker Ocean

The Fisker Ocean EV is an odd-looking, supposed competitor to the Model Y that is rumored to have 300 miles of range and start for under $38,000.

Unfortunately for many other car companies attempting to compete with Tesla (and the Model Y), they struggle with even bring concepts into production (which really enforces what Elon says about manufacturing being one of the most difficult things to do).

Given the problems that Fisker has had (does anyone remember the Fisker Karma?), there’s a chance that the Ocean EV may not even be produced. And, even if it is, it won’t be until the end of 2022 like many of the other EV SUVs attempting to compete with the Model Y.

Mercedes EQC

Pre-Owned Tesla Model Y vs. Mercedes EQC

The Mercedes EQC is one of the few EV SUVs on this list that actually has a high probability of entering production, as it’s slated for the end of 2020.

Given that Mercedes has a relatively good track record of concept cars entering some (albeit watered-down) form of production, we do expect to see this EV hit the streets (eventually). There are though, a number of downsides to the EQC including a higher base price and lower predicted range.

The EQC is rumored to start around $70,000, which makes it even more expensive than a Model Y Performance. Realistically, this sounds like it will have a very small market and almost none of the things going for it that the Model Y has.

Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya vs. Used Model Y

Nissan is one of the few automakers on this list that has actually brought a real EV to production and sold it at any meaningful volume (we’re talking about the Nissan Leaf, of course), so we do have slightly higher hopes that the Nissan Ariya will actually be produced.

Given that Nissan has a reasonable amount of experience with EVs, we also expect the Ariya to be a bit more polished and make better use of battery technology than some of the other Model Y competitors.

The Ariya rumored to have a range of 300 miles, and a price of around $40,000 for the top trim level. If this is true, it could really be an interesting option, but its production remains to be seen.

Mazda MX-30

Mazda MX-30 vs. Pre-Owned Model Y

The Mazda MX-30 is slated for the European market sometime in 2021 (again, way behind the Model Y and not even available in the US). And with only 124 miles of rumored range, it’s quite an underwhelming option.

On top of that, Mazda doesn’t really have any experience with EVs (in any meaningful production volume), so we don’t expect that they’ll produce a very polished first offering compared to what Tesla has to offer.

And as with many of the vehicles on this list, it’s not 100% clear whether this vehicle will actually be produced, and if so, if it will ever be available in the US, which really puts it pretty far apart as a viable Model Y competitor considering that Tesla has over a decade of experience producing electric cars at this point.

Rivian R1S

Used Model Y vs. Rivian R1S

Rivian may be the most promising EV car company right now, so we’re inclined to take them a little more seriously than some of the other Model Y competitors.

Not only has Rivian built production lines, but they’ve also structured the company in a way that mirrors a lot of the things that Tesla has done right.

The Rivian R1S is a full size SUV (a bit more of a direct competitor to the Model X), but it’s still relevant as a competitor to the Model Y. With a claimed 400 miles of range and a starting price of $69,000, the R1S is definitely an interesting option (although they are likely to be quite far behind Telsa in a variety of important areas).

Volkswagen ID.4

Tesla Model Y (Used) vs. Volkswagen ID.4

Elon Musk test drove the Volkswagen ID.3 (the sedan version of the ID.4) at an airport in Germany and seemed to have enjoyed it, although he said that the acceleration was quite poor (which is true at a 0-60 time of 7.8 seconds, easily bested by the cheapest Model 3 and the oldest 2012 Model S).

The lack of acceleration and the “traditional auto manufacturer approach” to making the ID.4 really has us doubting whether or not it’ll be anything more than an underwhelming vehicle at best.

That said, if Volkswagen can make these cars cheap enough, there may be some mainstream adoption, although it’s quite unlikely they’ll ever be true competitors to any Tesla vehicle, especially the Model Y.

Porsche Macan Electric

Tesla Model Y (Pre-Owned) vs. Porsche Macan EV

The Porsche Macan is yet another supposed competitor to the Model Y that is quite far from production (currently slated for the end of 2022). There aren’t many specs available on this vehicle yet, but given the way that the Taycan went, it’s likely to be inferior to the Model Y in most areas and much more expensive.

Unfortunately, this could be another vaporware vehicle that may not actually be produced (only time will tell, as it wouldn’t be the first time Porsche has scrapped a concept car). As time goes on, we may get more details from Porsche, but as of now in terms of being a real competitor, it’s not even in the same universe.

Model Y Silhouette

The Ultimate Used Model Y FAQ

Whew—you made it this far, huh? Well, chances are that we’ve answered just about every question you could possibly have about buying a used Model Y.

But, just to make sure we’ve left no stone unturned, we created this ultimate FAQ section to answer frequently asked questions about used Model Y purchasing, feature transferability, and more. Let’s jump right into the questions!

How much does a used Tesla Model Y cost?

Depending upon the specific model (Long Range AWD or Performance) and options (seven seat interior, FSD, etc.), you can expect to pay between $47,000 to $68,000 for a used Tesla Model Y.

This price is a bit higher than some other used Teslas because the Model Y is the newest Tesla (the oldest production year is 2020).

If you’re looking for a cheaper used Tesla, you might be better off trying to find a deal on a used Model 3, or used Model S.

How fast is the Tesla Model Y?

The Model Y has the following acceleration and top speed capabilities:

Long Range AWD

  • 0-60: 4.8 seconds
  • Top Speed: 135 MPH

Performance AWD

  • 0-60: 3.5 seconds
  • Top Speed: 155 MPH

How much range does a used Model Y have?

The Long Range AWD Model Y has a range of 316 miles, and the Performance Model Y has a range of 291 miles.

How much should I pay for a used Model Y?

Depending upon mileage, condition, options, etc. you can expect to pay between $47,000 to $68,000 for a used Tesla Model Y.

How much does it cost to lease a Tesla Model Y?

This depends upon how much you put down and the exact options you choose, but generally speaking the price of a Model Y lease will be from $440 to $790 per month.

Can you lease a used Tesla Model Y?

No, unfortunately you can’t. In fact, you can’t even currently buy a used Model Y directly from Tesla.

That said, if you can find a current owner who has a lease and wants to be released from it, you may be able to apply with Tesla and take over that lease.

How much can a used Model Y tow?

The Model Y is currently rated up to 3,500 lbs with the optional factory towing hitch.

How do I buy a used Model Y?

On Find My Electric, of course! While there are a lot of different ways we’ve covered in this guide to buy a used Model Y, we think that Find My Electric is the fastest way to find the exact used Model Y you’re looking for!

When will Tesla start selling CPO Model Y vehicles?

No one knows for sure, but given the timeframe with the Model 3, we would expect this to happen sometime in the next year, although it could be slightly longer or never happen at all.

Does the Model Y have air suspension?

No, it doesn’t—it has the same coil suspension as the Model 3. This was done to reduce cost and improve reliability over the Model X suspension.

Is the Model Y wider than the Model 3?

Yes, it is—by about 3”

What are the dimensions of the Model Y?

The dimensions of the Model Y are as follows:

  • Length: 187”
  • Width: 76”
  • Height: 64”

Does Autopilot transfer on a used Model Y?

In general—yes, Autopilot features do transfer in a private sale.

However, there are some situations where Tesla has disabled these features such as when a dealer has owned the vehicle.

In order to be sure that any software features will transfer with a used Model Y purchase, you should contact Tesla directly before purchasing it, and be sure to provide them with the VIN number of the used Model Y you want to purchase.

Does the factory warranty transfer on a used Model Y?

Yes, it does. So long as the factory warranty is valid and has not been voided for any reason by Tesla, it will transfer.

As with software any other non-hardware features, you should contact Tesla directly to confirm warranty status and that the warranty will transfer before purchasing a particular used Model Y. If you have the VIN number ready, they will be able to answer any questions you have about warranties.

Does free supercharging transfer on a used Model Y?

Unfortunately for used Model Y buyers, it does not. If you want to have free supercharging that is transferable, you’ll need to look for an older (2016 or earlier) Model S or Model X.

Does acceleration boost transfer if I buy a used Model Y?

Yes, it does in a private party sale. However, there are cases where a dealer has owned a vehicle and Tesla has chosen to disable some part of the software after the sale.

We should also note that because Tesla controls the rights to these upgrades and software, they have the right to make these modifications at any time.

That said, you should contact Tesla directly and have the VIN number of the car you’re considering purchasing to verify that any software features will transfer when the owner changes.

What kind of warranty does a used Tesla Model Y have?

Used Model Y vehicles carry the balance of the factory warranty which is 4 years or 50,000 miles, bumper-to-bumper. The drivetrain is warrantied for 8 years or 100,000 miles on Standard Range vehicles, and 8 years or 120,000 miles on Long Range and Performance vehicles.

In order to verify the balance of the factory warranty and its transferability, you should contact Tesla directly and have the VIN number ready of the Model Y that you’re considering purchasing.

How can I get a used Model Y inspected?

The best place to get a used Model Y inspected is at your local Tesla store. So, if you’re looking at buying a used Model Y, you’ll need to schedule a service appointment and there may be a cost associated with this.

If the used Model Y you’re looking at is located out of state, you may be able to arrange for the current owner to take it to Tesla to be inspected, and then have Tesla provide you with the inspection report. Ultimately, this is something that you’ll need to coordinate between then seller, yourself, and Tesla service.

Does the Model Y have gull wing doors?

Nope! And they aren’t automatic either—if you want these features, you’ll need to look at buying a used Model X.

That said, the hatch of the Model Y is automatic and can be opened/closed using a key fob or the Tesla app.

Can I tow a boat with a used Tesla Model Y?

Yes, you can—but not a big one. The towing capacity of the Model Y is 3,500 lbs with the optional factory tow hitch. If you need more towing capacity, you’ll need to buy a used Model X or Cybertruck!

Can I buy a used Model Y from Tesla?

Not currently, but this will likely change in the future.

Where can I find a Model Y for sale from a private party?

On Find My Electric, of course! When it comes to the easiest way to find an amazing used Model Y for sale, we’ve got you covered!

Check out our used Model Y listings to see what’s currently for sale!

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