You Can Now Buy A Discounted Tesla Model 3 Demo Car


The time has already begun to partake in a used Tesla Model 3.

Some of us have been eagerly awaiting the day that we can buy a used Tesla Model 3. While the reality is that it may be years before there is a wealth of used Model 3s at discounted prices, you can already get your hands on a demo Model 3 with a decent deal in many markets. One might assume that these cars are only popping up in California, but that’s not really the case. We suggest scouring the internet on a daily basis if this is something you’re interested in pursuing.

As CleanTechnica has exposed, you should surely reach out to your local Tesla Service Center. Apparently, Tesla is doing everything it can to sell every Model 3 they have on hand. This includes any demo units, which seem to be discounted some $1,500 to almost $3,000. CT discovered these cars in Florida in the Tampa/Sarasota area, but further research proved they are available throughout the U.S.

It’s important to note that CleanTechnica was informed by a Tesla salesperson that you can’t apply a referral code to get free supercharging on a Tesla Model 3 Long Range, however, you can do so if you buy a used Model 3 Performance.

Source: Clean Technica


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Yeah, I bet those sell out within minutes.

yup. VERY surprised they’re even applying any discounts. All they need to do is announce that there are demo cars that can be delivered this week and people will pay full price to get immediate delivery. Which is exactly what happened in Montréal, they announced on the Facebook forums that there were 6 at the Montréal service center for immediate sale, but with ZERO discounts, and people jumped on them within a few hours they were all gone.

A Demo is a Fancy Name for “Used Car” ! Either a Previous Owners Used It , Or the dealership used to Lend out or for Demo Rides (Demolition Rides) lol (A Running Joke)..Ha Ha Ha …. So a Discount is Very Much In Proper Order . I Sold New Cars, and I Would Always Discourage My Clients from Buying a Demo Car Even When They Put Bonus Commissions On Them . ((((Demolition Cars)))) … We All Observed the “Rough Treatment” of Some of these cars Endured , Always Different Drivers , etc: But That was in the ICE Days . It Might Be Different with EV’s Nowadays ….Or Is It ??….Not 4 Me!

I treat my own cars rough. Either it is built well enough or it will fail within warranty.

Anything Can be Broken when Abused , No Matter What . So Do as you Wish it’s Your Money , However, When It Fails You Will Pay To Fix it..Warranty Doesn’t Cover Abuse…lol….

“A Demo is a Fancy Name for ‘Used Car” !”

…except that demo cars are sold as new cars, with full new car protection, including full warranty and legal protections for the owner such as “lemon laws”. None of that applies to cars sold as used cars.

So while in theory you might be correct, in practice you’re not.

I assume eligible for the Federal rebate as well…

Yes you would be 1st registered owner so full tax credits or rebates.

If it has a few thousand demo miles you do loose that from the “full” warranty. That does not matter if you drive less than average miles per year and/or tend to have your warranty expire by time not miles. Someone who drives a lot of miles may want to take the miles it already has in consideration.

I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but from what I’ve read, Tesla demo/ service loaner cars tend to be replaced fairly often, so generally have fairly low mileage. I’d think it far more likely to have a few hundred miles on them than “a few thousand”.

BTW — You mean “lose”, not “loose”. #GrammarNazi

Well, I posted before fact-checking. Mea culpa. Mr. Google does find some comments referring to loaners with a few (2-4) thousand miles on them.

I was happy to get my 2018 Leaf when it was still in the shipping wrap, LOL.

Does buying a used (demo) M3 eliminate prep. +Transport charges?

You still have to pay Delivery and Doc fee, but there’s no shipping fee if you pick it up from the store that has it.

(That shipping fee only applies to if you’re buying an inventory car that isn’t a local store… I think it’s something like $1000 to ship it from any continental US store to any other, or $2000 to ship it to or from Hawaii.)

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“You still have to pay Delivery”

I hate that law/rule.
If someone wants to go pickup their Tesla from Freemont, that fee should be waived.
I think it’s total BS this HAS TO APPLY to all new cars irregardless if it was shipped or picked up at the factory.
That’s another old law/rule that needs to be re-visited to bring up to current times.
All Tesla owners I know would’ve driven to pickup their car if it meant no delivery fee of $800-$1100.

It’s pure profit for Tesla and therefore a great thing for them…

There’s no additional shipping fee if you pick up. However the delivery charge always applies on a demo new car. I am sure, I bought my third Tesla that way.

I happen to live a few miles from the Fremont plant. There is no way Tesla wants more people coming there. They set up delivery centers and service centers elsewhere in town and the plant is still packed.
In case you are thinking any where in Fremont should count as a factory delivery, think again. They still have to load the car on a truck and deliver it. Even the 7 miles to the delivery center, or maybe someone can drive it – still a delivery.

So You’re Really Saving ZER0 Dollars ….There is A Trade 0ff…Only Your Friends Can Be Fooled in Thinking You Bought a New Car…lol

All cars are used after you’ve driven it off the lot. Drop the moronic use of caps.

Probably. Because it’s a used car.

They could even be selling these in Texas & Michigan, where new car sales are banned but used car sales aren’t.


Technically demos are new cars because they’ve never been titled. So no sale in TTX, MI, etc.

A New Used Car…lol…Technically is that key Word…

The legal protections for new car buyers, including “lemon laws”, are not mere technicalities.

But of course you’re not gonna let facts or reality stop your anti-EV FÜD campaign!


If ther’s a Will….There’s a Way …

“Because it’s a used car.”

Not legally, no. Demos are sold as new cars, and not just by Tesla. That’s an industry standard. I ought to know; my first car, a Honda, was a demo.


What about rejected cars with large panel gaps or paint swirl’s? I’d buy one of those in a heart beat if i can get $1500-$3000 off.

They Correct Those Before they are Sold…

Once the Federal tax credit fazes out, I see this being a better deal. Unless they are more the $7500 off, I would buy new.

Although they have been used some as dealer demos, these aren’t pre-owned cars; they have never been sold before. The tax credit and state rebate, if any, should still apply.

Yelp still apply

Correct. Legally, these are not “used cars”; they are new cars sold at a slight discount.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

If it fazes out, does that maked it unfazed? 😉

Sorry, couldn’t resist. I have phases where I can’t help my snark.

Thanks. My fingers were twitching to write a correction for “fazes”. 😉

Let the discounting begin.

Is this your day job?

Mom’s basement day trader/Tesla shorter…

Should have closed those shorts and taken the losses a couple of weeks ago. Now you’re stuck in purgatory still and still stuck with us.

Woops, should have shorted today, 9/27. The stock is off 10+% in after hours trading post lawsuit announcement. Where will it trade tomorrow?????

And so the FUD of a serial anti-Tesla liar (about owning multiple Tesla’s despite constant bashing of the cars, company and Musk) continues.

Hi TROLL!!!!!!

Here’s your sign…

From article: “You Can Now Buy A Discounted Tesla Model 3 Demo Car… The time has already begun to partake in a used Tesla Model 3…”

A Tesla “demo” car does have use mileage on the odometer from the demo rides but the car is sold as a “new” car since it had never been previously sold. So as a legally “new” car the demo car is sold with the Tesla new car warranty and is eligible for all the new car EV tax incentives.

Tesla cars that have been previously owned are sold as used cars with a Tesla CPO (certified pre-owned) Warranty and are not eligible for the new car EV tax incentives.

Some people have had potential issues with demo/loaner cars and the tax credit:

Do Not Read Between The Lines

That is a case where the buyer was missold the car as new.
Nobody has reported _that_ problem with Tesla.

That’s the sort of trouble you can get in by buying into a shady deal to “buy” someone’s Reservation for a Model 3 off E-bay or CraigsList. Even if the reservation holder transfers ownership immediately after the sale, legally the new buyer is getting a “used car” and neither buyer can claim the Federal tax credit. Maybe not State tax credits either; I’m not sure about that.

This is not at all the same as buying a demo or service loaner directly from Tesla.

Just got mine yesterday. Long Range RW drive. $2.5K discount. Started with the test drive on Saturday. Tesla secured the car from the inventory, picked it up on Wednesday. Happy camper.

Did not have a reservation at all, and seeing the number of reservations close to 400,000 did not believe i could get a car for the next two years.

Did they require Autopilot?

No Autopilot…LR & Interior Package is $64K CDN + Txes ….Our $$$ Dollar is worth .75Cents USD…By The Time it’s Exchanged etc:…It’s a hard Hit , Plus Our $14K Incentive is Gone…We Pay Full Price Plus …that’s the Cheapest one we can Get/Order…

Most likely the vast majority of Model 3s that were pre-ordered are the standard range base $35,000 model. So if you figure they’ve sold 60,000 pre-orders of the upscale versions, they now have gone through most or all of those pre-orders and can accept orders from the general public. The base model is the one you’re going to have to wait multiple years to get.

@ Least 1yr…Wait

Planet Earth does not consist of the USA alone !
Tons of registrations are slumbering in the rest of the world, where T-3 is not yet sold.

I can Get a Long Range with Glass Roof in 4 weeks ,,,,,,In Canada $64000.00Cdn $$$ Plus The 13% Sales Tax ….

So what options did you get and was your final $ if you mind me asking…

Do Not Read Between The Lines

What was the odometer reading?

Congratulations! 🙂

Hope you have many years of happy driving with your new car.

Just took a demo ride on Model 3 with performance and performance option package…not cheap. They only offered 1000$ off and the car was great but close to 1000miles on it.

Really? Tesla was offering $2 off per mile plus some amount off ($500? $1000?) per month of age, on demo/ service loaner Model S’s.

If they really are offering only half that discount on demo/ service loaner Model 3’s, then I guess that’s a case of “Whatever the market will bear”!

No the discounts should be like $5k-$8k. They would be selling out those demos

They will sell them out anyway.

Why are people buying these cars. If it breaks out of warranty nobody can or will work on it. If you get into a car crash no body shop can or will fix it. One car crash and BOOM you are out most of your money with little recourse and at the mercy of your insurance company.

You’ve obviously never driven one. I love mine.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

” If you get into a car crash no body shop can or will fix it”

Then how do you explain how the ones that did crash get fixed?

There’s a fine line between a “concern troll” post and outright FÜD… and you stepped way, waaaaay over that line!

Do Not Read Between The Lines

I suggest you check out Rich Rebuilds or various other people who do work on Teslas.

I suggest you go back to Reeking Alpha.

How do you find these? I did not see a link or reference in the article

Even Apple takes 10% Off MSRP at the Online Apple Store for refurb merchandise.

There have been discounts on new non-demo Model 3 cars as well. My source at Tesla told me that for about two weeks, some folks were offered free upgrades to the 19″ wheels (effectively a $1,500 discount), even though they had ordered the 18″ Aeros. They didn’t have enough cars with the base wheels ready for immediate delivery.

We had a M3 on order for Oct Delivery, they offered an in stock MS for $3,500 off and free Supercharging if we purchase by Sunday. We pulled the trigger and upgraded to an S.

Looking at Ebay clearly tells you the whole story. $TSLAQ