How to buy a used Tesla - Top 5 things to consider

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  • E for Electric
    E for Electric  Year ago

    Question for viewers: Would you consider buying a used Tesla and why?
    Suggestion: Don't forget to check out the latest Tesla News in our 60 second weekly segment at: tvclip.biz/p/PLXAbfWOvf5Yv30szDAyxaUPEo-Um4Rudj

    • Julia Engel
      Julia Engel 11 months ago

      For at least four years since I know for sure: my next car will be electric and the other thing is that I never buy new cars, it's not worth the money. And I don't need a car for local transport, I use my bike for commuting the 15 miles to work, I only need a car for trips 300 miles and longer. So the only option for me is to go for a used Model S (if not wanting to wait yet another x years for other cars like the Model S).

    • Kyle Merrifield
      Kyle Merrifield Year ago

      respinoza89 You don't need to charge it in your garage, if you live in a city setting you can simply use the supercharger stations. If you get a used Model S from Tesla.com you can also receive free supercharging for the life of the car.

    • respinoza89
      respinoza89 Year ago

      Everything Tesla hi, I really want to buy a tesla but have 1 question that so far others haven't answered on other videos. I live in an apartment with no garage. This is obviously not a permanent home. Would you recommend a tesla to someone like me in which it would basically be impossible to have something hardwired or installed unless it's more portable after initial instillation. Or is this geared more towards homeowners?

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago

      Is there a particular feature or a price point or a model you're waiting for before you pull a trigger, Charles?

    • Charles Green
      Charles Green Year ago +1

      Everything Tesla Well I think I can wait for a bitπŸ€”πŸ˜Š

  • Nebekenezer Gnomegeezer

    Horrible background music.

  • carl clark
    carl clark 5 months ago

    When did the smart suspension start?

  • Kyrst O'Keefe
    Kyrst O'Keefe 8 months ago

    3:12 'To showroom'???
    3:35 The hell was that!?!?! 😨 I didn't know this was meant to be a scary video!

  • Scott Nutter
    Scott Nutter 9 months ago +1

    I hate the accent, but your content is irresistible. I mean that as a compliment.

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  8 months ago +1

      I'm sorry you hate the accent. I'll work on it :-)

  • Uzziyahu Im-UL
    Uzziyahu Im-UL 9 months ago +1

    Hey Alex,
    Once again, awesome show. To Tesla fans like myself, who get so mesmerized, I forget, or just don’t know to ask or inquire about those topics you covered. Things that I will definitely take note of, thanks again.

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  9 months ago

      Thank you for being a part of my community and an awesome one at that!!!

  • respinoza89
    respinoza89 Year ago +1

    It requires internet to operate??

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago

      Yes, you need it for maps and music service at the very least. It comes with the car as it does with all Teslas.

  • Zach Riley
    Zach Riley Year ago

    *an used tesla

  • Bronwyn SoCal Gal

    I saw his beautiful mouth moving but didn't hear a word he said

  • Norm Rechtman
    Norm Rechtman Year ago +4

    I personally wouldn't want a used Tesla unless it has autopilot 2, it's a shame that the cars without autopilot capability couldn't go back to the factory and get a makeover and updated with new hardware.

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +2

      Norm, I hear you. But you'll probably have to wait for at least 2-3 years until that is here. So, for those people who want to drive a Tesla now - buying used is a very attractive option.

    • Norm Rechtman
      Norm Rechtman Year ago +1

      I'm just saying that I personally wouldn't buy an older model, since I want AP for someday fully autonomous driving and if it was ever possible to retrofit older models, I would want it to have the latest hardware/sensors for autonomy

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +1

      Norm, the AP2 runs on a complete different set of hardware and software! It'd be so much more expensive to retrofit than to buy a newer version. Also, you know that only now AP2 has the same features as AP1, right? Before that it had LESS features. And even now after all this time - it pretty much is the same as AP1, so I'm not sure I understand your statement.

  • C M
    C M Year ago

    6/27/17 Tesla stocks investments is what has make the purchase of my new Tesla a reality. can't wait

    • Ron Standley
      Ron Standley Year ago +1

      Absolutely correct. Timing is everything. In 2011, I put 40k into TSLA. This year I sold enough stock to buy my wife a 2015 CPO Model S. The car was in nearly perfect condition. Since she uses it to commute ~85 miles RT, she rarely uses the AP1 hardware. We'll be driving it to WA & OR soon so we might wish we has AP2 but, free charging vs. 450 gallons of gas? No brainer. Good luck, DJ. Hope you get one soon.

  • John Egan
    John Egan Year ago +1

    Good advice...Cheers, John ;)

    • John Egan
      John Egan Year ago +1

      It would be a sweet family to be a part of, that's for sure! ;)

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago

      Hope to welcome you to the family soon, John :-)

    • John Egan
      John Egan Year ago +1

      You're welcome. I drive a Prius right now and hope to someday own a Tesla...just a distant dream right now ;) As used Teslas come on the market and get more affordable for the masses, your thoughts are good ones to keep in mind. Keep up the good work! Cheers, John ;)

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago

      Thanks, John :-)

  • xxWilliamCarl
    xxWilliamCarl Year ago +10

    That sound at 3:35 scared the crap out of me!

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +2

      Sorry about that LOL, I think a sound effect got lost in my editing software timeline :-)

  • dlwatib
    dlwatib Year ago +4

    If you're looking for a bargain in an EV, get a used (previously leased) Nissan Leaf. The market is flooded with them.
    Get a used Model S if you're in the market for a Model 3 but can't wait. You'll probably be able to get free supercharging, and you'll get an instrument cluster in front of the driver, and more room inside than in a Model 3. You might have to give up autopilot though.

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +5

      HIRAV, LOL, where do I start? It's range is embarrassing and impractical, it's ugly, it has no power, it doesn't have any great technology inside and it's tiny.

    • Hirav Parekh
      Hirav Parekh Year ago

      Why so? Whats wrong with leaf?

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +2

      Nissan Leaf is one of the worst electric cars ever made. I strongly suggest against buying one.

  • Junito Punto Comm
    Junito Punto Comm Year ago +1

    #6: you probably want to consider The Bolt ⚑️ EV...for about $37K (not including tax incentives) it has better range than the model 3. πŸ€”

    • Kiran Konathala
      Kiran Konathala Year ago +1

      I bought a used Model S for $50K and I once considered Bolt but drive the Model S and you won't look at the Bolt, guaranteed!

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +1

      I already have a video that you can watch where I explain why the Bolt should not even be in the same sentence as the Model 3.

  • IMHO
    IMHO Year ago +1

    From what I understand, Tesla does not yet have a complete online parts ordering website with exploded diagrams showing each and every assembly, subassembly and part. The resale value of Tesla with more than 125k miles (or one over 8 years old) is going to suffer drastically until people can get a grasp on common failure items and the cost and complexity of fixing them.
    I think there will be some super bargains on used model S which are out of warranty and exhibit drive unit noises, if the one selling thinks it will cost $15,000 to repair and the one buying knows he just needs to buy $200 worth of bearings.
    Right now batteries are still expensive, so Tesla with a battery that has a 15% degradation is going to drop the car's selling price a lot, but perhaps in 4-5 years it will only cost $5000 to refurbish the battery pack back to original or better specs.
    If I could get a Tesla expert to inspect a 2013 model S that had no warranty remaining, for $20,000 then I might be willing to take the risk.

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +3

      I can't speak for others but since I don't make any money on this channel I have a job which easily provides me with owning two Teslas. But yes, I agree - if you can't afford something - don't buy it. Hopefully Teslas will continue becoming more and more affordable with time especially with more used Teslas on the market.

    • IMHO
      IMHO Year ago +1

      Everything Tesla, you used my 4 year fuel cost as yearly fuel cost.
      The whole point of that comment was related to how people will skew the numbers to try to help rationalize buying something they can't afford. I know, because I did it several times myself. I even got mad at my bank for not loaning me the money to by a $25,000 car 28 years ago. But later I realized they were using common sense, and I wasn't.
      If you watch most people's rationalization about how they can "afford" a Tesla model S, except for those who are really making the big bucks, most will skew the numbers to make it look financially feasible. But the part they don't normally cover is the fact that they can't really afford a $80,000-$120,000 car, primary due to insurance and depreciation. They can afford a $40,000 car, and skew the other figures to make it seem like it will offset the difference when buying an $80,000 car, and it won't, unless it's being used as a business tax write off or something.
      You notice how these average youtubers driving cars the average person can't afford, often in the comments are "what do you do for a living?" Or more directly, "where did you get the money to buy a P100D model X and a P100D model S?" Then we see all sorts of responses like "I started with a lemonade stand when I was 15 and worked my way up to $1,000,000 savings in the bank, at age 20." Lol.
      This doesn't only apply to Tesla, it's related to all those driving super cars that we all know will be super expensive to insure.
      I have not seen one single Tesla channel doing a realistic "can you afford a new model S" video, using standard rules of thumb as a starting point, and then adding special case scenario that may allow someone who can't afford it to buy it, such as use it as an Uber car based at a free supercharger, or a company car.
      A person needs an annual income of about $200,000/year to be considered to be able to buy a $100,000 car. If he can get $10,000 tax deduction, then he can buy a $110,000 car. Still not the fully loaded P100D.
      TVcliprs like Marquis Brownlee with 4 million subs can afford a Tesla just from google ad revenue. But we see some youtubers with less than 25,000 subs and no other visible means of support owning a Tesla, and we say "How in the world does he afford it?".
      If you have made, or know any Tesla channel that has made, a realistic "can you afford a new Model S?" video, I would be glad to review it and see if it covers all costs from purchase till the time the car is sold or traded in. Fuel and maintenance are very small factors compared to insurance and depreciation.
      The only thing we can say is you can afford a Tesla that cost about $10,000 more than an ICE car that you can afford, while there is still a tax incentive. But you can't say if you can afford a $40,000 ICE car then you can afford a $80,000 Tesla. When the model 3 comes out, we might finally see some realistic videos on "Can you afford a model 3?"

    • IMHO
      IMHO Year ago

      Everything Tesla, you used my 4 year fuel cost as yearly fuel cost.
      The whole point of that comment was related to how people will skew the numbers to try to help rationalize buying something they can't afford. I know, because I did it several times myself. I even got mad at my bank for not loaning me the money to by a $25,000 car 28 years ago. But later I realized they were using common sense, and I wasn't.
      If you watch most people's rationalization about how they can "afford" a Tesla model S, except for those who are really making the big bucks, most will skew the numbers to make it look financially feasible. But the part they don't normally cover is the fact that they can't really afford a $80,000-$120,000 car, primary due to insurance and depreciation. They can afford a $40,000 car, and skew the other figures to make it seem like it will offset the difference when buying an $80,000 car, and it won't, unless it's being used as a business tax write off or something.
      You notice how these average youtubers driving cars the average person can't afford, often in the comments are "what do you do for a living?" Or more directly, "where did you get the money to buy a P100D model X and a P100D model S?" Then we see all sorts of responses like "I started with a lemonade stand when I was 15 and worked my way up to $1,000,000 savings in the bank, at age 20." Lol.
      This doesn't only apply to Tesla, it's related to all those driving super cars that we all know will be super expensive to insure.
      I have not seen one single Tesla channel doing a realistic "can you afford a new model S" video, using standard rules of thumb as a starting point, and then adding special case scenario that may allow someone who can't afford it to buy it, such as use it as an Uber car based at a free supercharger, or a company car.
      A person needs an annual income of about $200,000/year to be considered to be able to buy a $100,000 car. If he can get $10,000 tax deduction, then he can buy a $110,000 car. Still not the fully loaded P100D.
      TVcliprs like Marquis Brownlee with 4 million subs can afford a Tesla just from google ad revenue. But we see some youtubers with less than 25,000 subs and no other visible means of support owning a Tesla, and we say "How in the world does he afford it?".
      If you have made, or know any Tesla channel that has made, a realistic "can you afford a new Model S?" video, I would be glad to review it and see if it covers all costs from purchase till the time the car is sold or traded in. Fuel and maintenance are very small factors compared to insurance and depreciation.
      The only thing we can say is you can afford a Tesla that cost about $10,000 more than an ICE car that you can afford, while there is still a tax incentive. But you can't say if you can afford a $40,000 ICE car then you can afford a $80,000 Tesla. When the model 3 comes out, we might finally see some realistic videos on "Can you afford a model 3?"

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago

      I thought I was using your numbers. But with you going in all these different direction I'm kinna losing your point. What is your main point?

    • IMHO
      IMHO Year ago

      Everything Tesla, 15000 miles @ 25 mpg @ $2.50/gal is $1500/year. So even if you charge for free, the max savings is $6000 in 4 years, not $24,000. But if you charge at home, the savings (according to Tesla) is only about $900/year, so $3600 in 4 years.
      I'm retired, with no taxable income, so the $7500 Tax Credit won't help me, but I can see where that would apply so someone paying income tax. But the tax credit will allow the original buyer to sell it to me for $7500 less, so in theory I can benefit from it by buying a used Tesla.
      I have no idea what it cost to insure a Tesla S P100D, but I think it's got to be ludicrous.

  • Enforcer
    Enforcer Year ago +6

    Where's the babe thumbnail for this video?

  • 10CCLO
    10CCLO Year ago +9

    useful facts but please lose the looping "music" in the background it just completely distracted me from what you are saying and at the finish I had to switch off after a few minutes

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +6

      Fair enough, if you watch my latest videos you'll see that the background music has been lowered significantly. Thank you for your feedback, I'm always trying to improve my videos based on viewer feedback!

  • John P. Weiksnar
    John P. Weiksnar Year ago +1

    A very handy and detailed video-but one minor thing at 9:30: Don't you mean cars purchased from *2017* on? . . .
    www.tesla.com/blog/update-our-supercharging-program

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +2

      Yes, good catch :-) Not sure why no one has caught it before almost 25,000 views later :-)

  • bigqdone
    bigqdone Year ago +1

    Does tax credits transfer to second owners or only first owner? Also does free charging transfer to the second owner if the car was originally qualified for lifetime free charging?

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +1

      Tax credit is for the original owner only. I believe the free supercharging for life is transferable, but please check with your local rep just in case if anything changed.

  • Robert Weiss
    Robert Weiss Year ago

    With the $7500 rebate it is sometimes better to buy new except that you have to wait to claim your money. A 2nd hand model S can be driven home right away, charging is free.

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +2

      Actually, that's not true. If you lease a Model S, you benefit from the $7,500 credit right away.

  • Iggy rockabilly
    Iggy rockabilly Year ago +4

    are you Russian?

  • johnjanos1
    johnjanos1 Year ago

    You said we don't have any clue how long a Tesla can last. You are wrong, you need to see the 2 biger tesla youtubers, the first change 5 time the drivetrain (imagine to need your brand new BMW to change 5 times the engine!) and the other one 4 times, the second one took a new model X, after 6 months or less he needed to change his drivetrain. And because he is a smal chinese liar he said in one of his videos, "i have a loaner because my model x is at service center, a small problem"!
    The small problem was that his car was needed to change the drivetrain", so we do know exactly how long can last a Tesla,
    less than 6 months! Kman Auto said in one of his videos "i was every week with a loaner"! This guy bought a car to save some dollars from gas and he end up to change his first car for a second one and he lost $20000, the reduced value of his first Tesla. If you have a Tesla that needs to change the drivetrain every 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years? Warranty will end after 8 years and then what? You finished! My gas engine on my Citroen saxo is 19 years old and still working.

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +3

      It's not funny really because the Model S is the very first car Tesla made by itself. So, they are only able to experience customer feedback and mass production issue solutions for about 4 years.

    • johnjanos1
      johnjanos1 Year ago

      Also it is a little bit funny the thing you all tesla owners saying "it is a 4 years company
      (actually it is 13 years old but that's ok)
      Yesterday broke my computer but it's ok the company who made it was a 4 years old company.
      Also broke my cd player, my tv, my air condition, my car, my bike, but that's ok, all these
      was from new companies. Ha ha! I really don't want to operate on me a new doctor!

    • johnjanos1
      johnjanos1 Year ago

      There is a huge different between "i am not sure that i will have a free of problems car" to "i will have 100% problems with it, smaller or biger". I don't want to buy any Tesla, i want a cheap (model 3 type price), cheap in maintenance (even in a car crash, it isn't logical to cost a dent $30000 to repair) and reliable Tesla. I'd rather leave the defective cars to people who have plenty of dollars for spending!

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago

      You know I had a brand new BMW, Jaguar, MBZ and a few others and none of them had NO issues. If anything I like the way Tesla handles issues vs. Jaguar or BMW. So, it's silly to assume that you'll have a issue free car no matter who you buy it from. But whatever. If you don't want to buy Tesla then don't. We're all OK with it.

    • johnjanos1
      johnjanos1 Year ago

      I am trying to find a youtuber with no issues, smaller or biger. If in 3 years you had small issues
      on a brand new car in 15 years you can end up broke.
      I bought a citroen saxo, 1998 model, back at 2003 for 5000 euros
      the problems i had with my car?
      Fuel pump 80 euros 70+10 euros to the mechanic.
      Driver side tie rod 35 euros 25+10 to the mechanic.
      Electronic rpm regulator 100 euros 75+15 to the mechanic.
      Amperage multiplier (the thing on the spark plags) used 60 40+20 to the mechanic
      The belly button lock poped out 0 euros,
      and there is a hole on the heater radiator 300 euros for a new one, the (2) rubber pipes, the fluids and the repair cost (i am not going to fix it).
      3-4 days ago i saw a video with a TVclipr from England with problem on the door handle
      and a cost about 700 pounds, more than the price of my car. 700 pounds, 1000 euros.
      For a door handle. For God shake.
      Tesla? thanks but no thanks! But it is a cheap car to run. Yes, if you are lucky enough.
      Sorry, I am not going to let my fate based on my luck.

  • Richard Lah
    Richard Lah Year ago +3

    Great point about the 'auto pilot' , even though I personally love that feature , being a regular dude without expansive riches ..lol it is cheaper to get one without and they all come with a adaptive form of cruse control.. so my main must haves are ( living in Canada with snow and low temp in Winter time ) ; heated seats, air suspension, dual motor, winter driving package.. snow tires.. Cheers great video ! Thanks

    • Chuck Foster
      Chuck Foster Year ago

      In my area, Chicago, Auto Pilot is invaluable. When I am on a jammed expressway, I set it and I don't worry about "rear ending" someone.

  • Nigel Weir
    Nigel Weir Year ago +1

    In Ireland there are no super chargers but 50 dc charging on main highways and 22kw is available in over 1000 places still free at present so super charging is not a major factor unless traveling off the island but that expense needs to be taken into account

  • TheEpicBananaXD
    TheEpicBananaXD Year ago +21

    Boo for the clickbait πŸ˜’

    • Ryan Taylor
      Ryan Taylor 17 days ago

      Rick Rick hahahahaha

    • mrjjthor Thor
      mrjjthor Thor Month ago +1

      lol. Same here. The black chick looks cute. Now I'm disappointed.

    • Rick Rick
      Rick Rick Month ago +3

      i came here to see some black booty not some homo with a thick accent

    • IMHO
      IMHO Year ago +13

      Everything Tesla, having a girl in the thumbnail that is not in the video is clickbait, which I'm sure you already know. It has nothing to do with selling something. Having a Tesla in the thumbnail, even if you don't show the Tesla, isn't clickbait because the subject is about Tesla.
      People dislike clickbait just like people dislike bait and switch or any other deceptive tactics. If you own a Tesla, find a sexy girl and shoot some footage of her doing something...anything...with your Tesla, and put a thumbnail of that, and it won't be clickbait, but you might make some feminists upset. But clickbait is deceptive, making Tesla videos with pretty women is not, since we all know $100,000 cars will attract some pretty women. LOL

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +5

      Sorry you feel that way but I'm not selling anything. This video is exactly what the title and the thumbnail says.

  • Marcus Mayenschein
    Marcus Mayenschein Year ago +1

    how does the free supercharging status of pre-owned Teslas influence the price from next year on?

    • G. K. Allen
      G. K. Allen Year ago +1

      When I got mine it was not an issue. It was to be free all the time but the Cali supercharger campers made Tesla have to make a change to make it as fair as possible. I have a 2013 85kw and love it. It has supercharging and I will never have to pay for it unless I stay at a stall with most full after I have completed the charge. But I live and travel in an area where that is not a problem so I need not worry. The Free supercharging goes with the car not the owner. That means that if you want one with free supercharging, duel motors and Autopilot 2.0 you must wait for a year or so to have someone trade in theirs for the latest and greatest and it will happen.

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +2

      +Marcus Mayenschein There is a huge value in having free Supercharging for life especially to those who travel by car often. The price of a used car that saves you money on supercharging obviously will be higher

  • David
    David Year ago +22

    Don't spend money you don't have.

    • couchpoet1
      couchpoet1 6 months ago

      Impossible, considering we live in a debt based economy.

    • kareem ali
      kareem ali Year ago

      David yup that what my motto

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +18

      That's always a great advice regardless of a "thing" you buy!

  • News that matter
    News that matter Year ago +3

    Tesla is a waste of money,

  • Tim Dorsemagen
    Tim Dorsemagen Year ago +3

    very interesting Vlog! How will you know how the Battery was treated by the previous Owner of the TESLA? I think each Car has a charging Protocol. Ask your TESLA Service Center for the charging history. if the car was stored over month it should have been at a state of charge to about 40%-60%. But never on a low charge and never over 95% over longer time.

    • Paul Pugh
      Paul Pugh Year ago

      Clear coat rat rod

    • Honest Fire Captain
      Honest Fire Captain Year ago +1

      Tim Dorsemagen Just an FYI. I charge to 100% every time and have only lost 2 miles of range in 2 years. I know what is said and I have others say different. Keep in mind that the car loses 3 miles of range per day while being parked. My P85D charged to 256 when it was new. Now it charges to 254. If you don't own an EV the numbers can be deceiving. If you use the heaters or AC your range is affected.

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +1

      +Tim Dorsemagen The best way is to simple see how much charge it holds when fully charged and compare it to the original spec. Also, simply see if the charge limit is set to 90% or less by the current owner at the test drive, that's a good indication.

  • James Whitman
    James Whitman Year ago +59

    I just bought a 2013 S85 with 34k miles from Tesla. I was going to wait but, this car comes with unlimited lifetime charging. Great warranty from Tesla. They let me drive it prior to my final decision. Loving life!!!

    • Darren Garcia
      Darren Garcia Year ago

      James Whitman hey sir congratulations but is there anything to worry about while buying a USED tesla? Love your ride!!

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +4

      Congratulations! Welcome to the club :-)

    • Roberto Beltramelli
      Roberto Beltramelli Year ago +4

      James Whitman , I was surprised to see so many Model S at the reconditioning center near my home! I counted 25 and wondered why there were so many? Spoke to my rep and he said they come here from all over and are sent back when they are done! I was worried about so many trade in's and that answer calmed me down! Good Luck with your choice!

    • BMWg84
      BMWg84 Year ago +1

      The drivetrain of the "D" is so much more improved. It's a great car, but man, it just keeps getting better

    • E for Electric
      E for Electric  Year ago +10

      If you are willing to pay for the piece of mind then Tesla Pre-Certified cars is by far your best bet. They will run you more than a purchase from a private party but with that you take more risks.