Selling a Tesla

Mainstream Tesla's have been around now for several years and more and more owners will now be looking to sell their Tesla, even if that is just so they can buy a new model. Tesla are not known for generous part exchange prices on their cars and so owners are increasingly looking for alternative ways to sell their existing car. Selling cars differs from country to country, however there are some general rules that are useful when it comes to selling a Tesla, how to communicate clearly the options the car has, and how to remove your details from the car when you finally wave it goodbye.

Some of the things we suggest are just the sellers equivalent of what to look for when buying a car, and covered in our guide to buying a used Tesla.

Where to sell

There are a number of ways you can sell your car, the most typical methods are:

We will focus on the last 2 options. The earlier options regarding selling into the trade simply require you to follow their procedures. We would however advise against selling to any trader who you feel uncomfortable with or seems to know little about the cars.

Sale or return

When looking for a dealer to operate on a sale or return basis we suggest looking at the dealers who have a lot of inventory of a similar type. A number of dealers have set up specialising in Tesla or EVs and these will appreciate the value of the car better and be able to advise any potential buyer easing the sales process.

We have however come across a number of so called dealers who simply operate from their driveway. Some get a following on owners groups but in practice they offer no increased value to the buyer or the seller, and charge a commission for doing so. Tesla cars are popular and when priced correctly they sell well. They will claim to get more money than selling to an auction house, but they rarely achieve more money after fees than selling directly to the public with a well written advert.

We would therefore recommend a dealer with a forecourt, service facilities so they can prepare the car professionally and are approved to offer credit. Buyers will pay a premium on a $30k+ purchase for a true dealers facilities compared to buying from a driveway. Check the website of any dealer if they have one and look for reviews on their trading activities for help in establishing how reputable they are. We would also use Google maps street view to see their premises. If you would not buy a car from them, why would you trust them to sell you a car?

Fees are typically $2-3k, sometimes less on cheaper cars, but remember older cars may need more preparation and some form of warranty to give buyers confidence, all of which can cost a little, but should result in a higher sales price.

Selling privately.

When selling privately there are a few key seteps to remember:

When sold

If you have agreed a sale then there are a few steps we'd recommend on top of any best practice for selling cars in your country. This list is to be seen in addition to general best practice when selling a car where you live:

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