Here’s How To Buy A Tesla Model 3 Outside The U.S. Today


And why you shouldn’t.

Since the Tesla Model 3 first started rolling off the line back in the summer of 2017 until now, availability has been limited to the United States and Canada for the most part. We have seen an example of the mid-sized electric sedan in Russia, but it wasn’t delivered through official Tesla channels. Instead, they may have gotten it through a 3rd party reseller, and if you live in an as-yet-to-be-supported area, you can too.

Before going any further, we should warn against actually buying a new Model 3 in an unsupported region. There are any number of issues which could arise, depending on the laws in your area, which could possibly impinge on the enjoyment of your purchase. For instance, it may be considered a grey market vehicle by local authorities and impounded for destruction. Or, it might also experience an issue that would require a Tesla technician to resolve. There’s a good chance the company would refuse to help and make itself potentially liable in such a case.

But say you have tons of cash and don’t mind the not-negligible risk, there appear to be options. Bozi Tatarevic, who runs the @Hoonable Twitter account and spends his days in a mountaintop cave with Wi-Fi access shuffling through arcane digital documents searching for interesting bits of automotive-related information, tweeted (embedded below) earlier today his discovery of the Tesla Model 3 on the global trade site for $72,500. (The listing also states if you buy 30 units, you can pay as little as $54,000, but this is probably a flaw with the Alibaba website, which is structured for business-to-business transactions. We’re pretty certain this is not legitimate pricing.)

Apparently, this sum would get you a Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor with Long Range battery, which Tesla offers for $54,000, with the actual transaction being arranged through vehicle broker North American Global Exchanges. We know what you’re wondering and here’s the answer: Yes, according to the Alibaba listing, they do accept cryptocurrencies.

Interestingly, the N.A. Global Exchanges website also has a number of other plug-in vehicles available, including a pair of Karma Reveros. Again, while these transactions may be possible, we don’t believe they are a practical solution to being the first on your Beijing block to have a Model 3 in your driveway. Though it may be frustrating to see others enjoying their cars from a distance, it’s highly recommended you wait until you can buy a supported vehicle through official channels.


Source: @Hoonable via Twitter

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6 Comments on "Here’s How To Buy A Tesla Model 3 Outside The U.S. Today"

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P85D’s can be found in the $50k’s. FYI.

1. I would be very leery of buying anything on Alibaba, unless its from a seller that you already know and trust. That site is notorious for having lots of scammers advertise. It’s not policed like ebay is.

2. A few Russians have bought Tesla Model S’s and perhaps Model X’s. They are not happy about not having access to an authorized Tesla service shop, and no Superchargers in Russia, either.

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“Before going any further, we should warn against actually buying a new Model 3 in an unsupported region.”

Very glad to see this strong disclaimer in the article. That’s definitely needed here. Thanks Domenick!

Or maybe there is one place in Russia with Superchargers. I can’t tell if what’s shown at this website is an authorized Tesla supercharger or not.

Just imported on a shipping container

You just buy them off ebay. There are quite a few available in Europe since no one seems to be willing to bid the asking price. At least not for private usage.
Without Tesla support and without fast charging you are better off with any other car available.

Grey market vehicles are perfectly legal in New Zealand where the majority of cars sold are grey market. They may be used cars from Japan or the UK or they might be brand new cars bought new overseas for resale in New Zealand by 3rd-party importers.

The practice was made legal years ago new cars were very expensive there were a lot of old cars on the roads. The government of the day wanted too make it possible to update the fleet of privately-owned cars by making it easier to import and sell cars.

There is no import duty. You just pay the sales tax on the car and cost of shipping. You can ship a car from Tokyo to NZ for about $1300.

The majority of EVs in NZ are used imports.