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CarMax Offer - 2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test Posts: 9,857
edited June 2014 in Tesla
imageCarMax Offer - 2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

We took our long-term 2013 Tesla Model S to CarMax. Here's how it went down.

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  • jeepsrtjeepsrt Posts: 88

    Sell it on your own, why let CarMax get the profit.

  • kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Posts: 827

    Noooo.... don't sell it. Keep it. We need more long term data. The Model S is a unique car and is well worth the cost to keep it. Its not like its some new Altima or Accord.

  • rock2155rock2155 Posts: 20

    I'd like to see how it holds up for longer but if you need to sell it, maybe try to sell it on your own before taking the first offer... Negotiate...

    Maybe keep it and trade it in for the Model X !

  • skibirdskibird Posts: 12

    Does that take into account the $10k in tax credits?

  • cjasiscjasis Posts: 274

    Please keep this in the fleet. The problems you've had, Tesla's support and real life experiences are extremely helpful to me (and I suppose others) who are contemplating taking the plunge.

  • gslippygslippy Posts: 504

    That's a good offer, but you should keep the car longer. More data is needed.

  • bankerdannybankerdanny Posts: 1,021

    Holding on to it for a while longer does have some appeal. You guys have encountered some major problems with this car. They have been promptly dealt with by Tesla at no cost, but they are significant none the less. I would be interested in how the car holds up for another 10k miles.

    If you opt to get rid of it, I would go private party. A question for you though: will you disclose that the drive unit has been replaced twice already and did you tell CarMax? I know this is well documented here, but not all potential buyers will opt to read about it.

  • greenponygreenpony Chicago, ILPosts: 531

    Seems like a fair offer. Sell it, private party it, keep it... doesn't matter to me.

  • Keep in mind that if you bought a similarly spec'd Model S today, it'd cost around $120k (not including incentives). I'd guess that you could probably sell this for around $90k on the open market. So, is getting an extra 10% worth the hassle of selling it privately?

  • ddowhyddowhy Posts: 1

    keep it!!!!!!! why would you want to sell the world's best car?

  • "This is about a 23-percent depreciation, and right in line with our fleet average of 22 percent." --- pretty impressive considering they are going to wholesale it rather than retail it.

  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 539

    You haven't even tried to drive it to New York or Alaska yet! This is a 2-year test for sure.

  • bassracerxbassracerx Posts: 188

    you have a week (unless this apreaisal was done monday and you guys are just now getting around to posting this) i would list it on Ebay with a 79k starting bid and a 90k buy it now and see what happens while you guys think on it. I would also try taking it to a regular car dealership that also sells electric cars like a Mercedes dealer just for s and g's

  • arondanielarondaniel Posts: 1
    edited June 2014

    As ski bird pointed out, 23% depreciation of 102,600 to 79k does NOT factor in your 7,500 federal tax credit, right?

    It is unclear if anyone at Edmunds claimed the credit but a personal buyer sure will. Therefore his/her effective depreciation is closer to 15.6%

  • mchen4mchen4 Posts: 2

    Keep it please!! Reading the long term Tesla reviews are 40% of the reason I come to this site. It is wealth of useful info- how can you be tired of this car already?

  • throwbackthrowback Posts: 435

    Sell it privately. You'll definitely do better. There are some Tesla fanatics out there.

  • rmg22rmg22 Posts: 1


  • darthbimmerdarthbimmer Posts: 605
    edited June 2014

    You're "getting that itch to buy something new"? Are you sure it's not "sweating bullets about dealing with this thing when it's out of warranty"? Or just "getting tired of taking it to the dealer for major warranty repairs"?

  • cwerdnacwerdna Posts: 1

    Keep it!!! I and probably many others want to see how well it holds up and whether any more major repairs as required, esp. after its warranty ends.

  • I'd take it round the back and shoot it.
    Wouldn't you feel bad about selling some sucker a LEMON that chews tyres and needs a new drive train every second week?

  • hybrishybris Posts: 365

    Keep it or go private party just be sure to be honest in saying that this thing has a repeated major work done on it.

  • shepskishepski Posts: 45

    Let me borrow it for six months and I'll contribute DAILY updates.

  • angioman1angioman1 Posts: 7

    Keep it for another year at least. You are entering into uncharted territory having bought this new technology soon after it's introduction. It's the most fascinating long term road test among all the car sites and you would do everyone a great service to validate or invalidate the viability of this particular car for the general public. Why would you sell it now before the question has been answered? Does E.M. want you to sell it so that it will no longer be in the public eye?

  • nicadnicad Posts: 3

    I agree with Angioman 1 that I think Tesla wants you to sell it and move on. Largest change in car tech in my lifetime and you think it is a good idea to cut the test off after the year and assume people are more interested in knowing how well the new Volvo holds up? Keep the Tesla 5 years and I will keep reading about it.

  • desiccantdesiccant Posts: 0

    $79K is quite fair for trade-in. It will retail for about $85K. I have sold to CARmax and the process is smooth and takes an hour or two. I have sold privately several times and each time has been painful with weeks of no-shows, flakes, you name it. CARmax is the best place to SELL a car, not to BUY a car. Time is money. Grab that offer.

  • fordson1fordson1 Posts: 1,512

    What I would do and what I want you to do are two different things - I want to see if any other stuff will go wrong with the car. If I were you, I think I would sell it - I believe it has some more tricks up its sleeve that I would not want to find out about.

  • rock2155rock2155 Posts: 20

    Frankly that was an early production car, I still want to see more about it and how it holds up. In my case, a Nov 2013 build, I have so far almost 10k miles and had only one issue. My pano roof wasn't closing completely. A ranger came the next day and fixed it at work for free in maybe 30min. Only time I went to service was to install the titanium underbody shield. No drivetrain swap or anything. I am pretty sure most of the issues were related to initial early cars. I think the overall fit & finish is much improved and they ironed most early issues. Even rear my tires are wearing evenly and not at an alarming rate. They fixed the rear camber issue with a better bolt I believe... I have much less issues so far than my former 2011 BMW... Love this car!

  • 3ch03ch0 Posts: 4

    Keep it! This car more than any other you have needs to be run for longer so you can assess things like battery capacity decline and such.

  • 3ch03ch0 Posts: 4
    edited June 2014

    @3ch0 said:
    Keep it! This car more than any other you have needs to be run for longer so you can assess things like battery capacity decline and such.

    Also, this is the only thing I read on this site since the death of Inside Line.

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