Tips For Buying A Used Tesla:
- Do your research: Read as much as you can about the different models of Teslas (see more details below), check out consumer reports and touch base with friends who may have had some experience with both new and used Teslas.
- Range: Electric cars have a range they can travel on a single charge. You should look at how far you typically drive in a single day and make sure you purchase a Tesla with a large enough range.
- Cost of Repairs: Teslas are generally very reliable cars but you may want to find a repair shop that specializes in Tesla repairs to ensure that your vehicle will get the best service possible. Electric cars have very few moving parts, this means there are less parts to break.
- History Reports: A dealer can provide you with all the details you need to know before purchasing a Tesla vehicle. Don’t be afraid to ask! Read through the papers and possibly even pay to have a history report run. This may uncover any issues that could lead to complications down the road.
Aside from these general tips, choosing the Tesla model that works best for you is of course very important. Below is a brief outline of the different Tesla models to get you thinking about which may fit your vehicle needs.
What Tesla Should I Buy:
Tesla Model S
- The Model S is a revolutionary full-size electric luxury sedan
- It is packed with luxury features, such as heated/cooled seats, Bose premium surround sound, adjustable air suspension, and optional all wheel drive
- In the center of the dash is a 17 inch touchscreen that controls audio and climate control, as well as displaying the backup camera and navigation
- The NHTSA awarded the Model S a 5-star safety rating, calling it the safest car they have ever tested.
- The Model S is the 3rd quickest production car ever, with a 0-100km/h time as low as 2.5 seconds
- Up to 510km range (combined highway/city), and a full charge costs around $12
- Features ‘Autopilot’, allowing the car to drive itself on the highway
Tesla Model X
- The Model X is a fully electric luxury SUV with seating for up to 7 people
- Up to 465 km range (combined highway/city), and a full charge costs around $12
- Standard all wheel drive, and towing capacity of up to 5000 pounds
- Options include: 17 speaker premium sound system, self driving capability
- The Model X features ‘Falcon Wing’ rear door which open upwards for easy access, even in tight spaces
- Technology features include: navigation with real-time traffic, voice activated controls, built-in internet connection
- The Roadster is a fully-electric convertible sports car, based on the Lotus Elise
- It is a small nimble car with excellent handling and zero emissions
- It has a 400 km range and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds