Guide to purchasing a used Tesla

In looking to finally get into the electric car game, and mainly Tesla since it’s been a dream of mine for some time.  I figured I would post information that may be helpful to others in this situation too.  Let’s face it, we all want the brand new shiny $120,000 Model S or X but honestly can’t afford that.  Well, what about a pre-owned Tesla?

A used Tesla can still run anywhere from $30k to high ’90s depending on what you are looking for.  For me, although I like the Model 3, I wanted a classic, sporty, Model S.  So, I splurged. I bought a 2014 Model S P85+. This ride rocks to say the least!  Granted it’s a 2014 and the older body style (really just the black front/grill which I actually like). This Tesla is in mint condition.

Here’s the scoop…


When looking for a used Tesla warranty is key. Tesla’s CPO (Certified Pre Owned) vehicles are a must. At first, I was looking to buy pre-owned through Tesla’s site/used sales. Honestly, I didn’t really like making a deposit for something I can physically touch and see. Fortunately, I snagged a good buy from Craigslist. The owner did a great job being transparent about the matter. The Tesla had a 4-year 50,000-mile warranty since when he bought it which was only 3 months prior to when I purchased. I too was worried since he was selling so fast but he conveyed he wanted the P100D. The 85+ was plenty fast for me.  Any rate, I digress, the point is this car had the Tesla CPO warranty.  So I’m good there.


If you by a new Tesla you will not get free supercharging. Although it’s still much cheaper than purchasing fuel it will not be free (you may be able to get supercharging from referrals, but that too is limited). This 2014 came with free supercharging!

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