Tesla Starts To Sell Pre-Owned Roadsters Online

4 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 2

Tesla Begins Certified Pre-Owned Sales Online

Tesla Begins Certified Pre-Owned Sales Online

With Tesla having promoted a Roadster trade-in/buyback program available against upgrading to a new Model S, and having already sold over 6,000 copies of their new electric sedan, it stands to reason that the company is starting to acquire quite a little stable of it’s original offering…and that they might need somewhere to show them off.

Enter Tesla’s online website.

3 Year Old, Thrunder Gray, Roadster 2.5 With 7,200 Miles Priced At $119,400 Online

3 Year Old, Thunder Gray, Roadster 2.5 With 7,200 Miles Priced At $119,400 Online

Starting this past Friday, Tesla now proudly lists Roadsters the company has available for sale.  Pricing ranges from $66,100 all the way up to $127,400 for a custom Roadster Sport.

At the time of the buyback program’s launch in October of 2012, Tesla estimated that a current Roadster owner could get about $73,300 for a 4 year old Roadster with 31,000 miles, and $93,500 for a 2010 Roadster with 2,900 miles.

A quick check of the website, shows that Tesla is not marking the cars up a great deal, as a 2009 Roadster with 12,000 miles is currently going for $85,500.

Of course compared to private deals, and ones through normal vehicle re-sellers, Tesla’s prices seem a touch high (by a good 20% in our estimation).  But the question really is, “Are people really willing to pay $20,000-$30,000 more for an old Roadster over a new 85 kWh Model S?” 

It seems to us that new innovation should lessen the value of the old, and we expect to see a lot of used Roadster inventory coming online as Tesla works through their 20,000 deep reservation backlog on the Model S.

Tesla does ‘value-add the proposition’ with some incentives in hopes to sway consumers from private and 3rd party sellers, like those that can be found at Cars.com:

Every certified pre-owned Roadster undergoes a 214-point inspection by our technicians to ensure that it’s in like-new condition. This inspection includes all drive-related, appearance, and safety components.

3 Year Old, ARctic White, Roadster 2.5 With 12,00 Miles Priced At $85,500 Online

3 Year Old, ARctic White, Roadster 2.5 With 12,00 Miles Priced At $85,500 Online

Tesla goes over, and guarantees all the following are up to snuff:

  • Battery and drive inverter
  • Brakes
  • Interior detailing
  • Paint detailing
  • Firmware updates
  • Road test

 

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2 responses to "Tesla Starts To Sell Pre-Owned Roadsters Online"

  1. GeorgeS says:

    Well, I was interested till I saw the prices. That’s a lot of money for some old lap top batteries.

  2. Bill Howland says:

    $73000 ??? !!!!!

    They only offered me $60,000 for my 21,000 mile 1 1/2 year old model….. Glad I didn’t take them up on it.