Used Tesla Model S Buying Guide

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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Used Tesla Model S

When Tesla rolled out its new-from-the-ground-up Model S in 2012, it put the world on notice. Here was not just a new luxury car, but a whole new type of car: a luxury car that ran on electricity, with no backup gas lifeline. Instead, Tesla provided Model S buyers with free access to a growing, cross-country network of super-fast electric Superchargers.  

Ostensibly, the Model S is a luxury sedan, but in place of a trunk, it has a giant hatchback with an optional rear-facing third-row seat for kids. Where other luxury cars have a gas engine, the Model S has an additional trunk up front.

Perhaps the biggest revelation to early reviewers is that Tesla also got the fundamentals of a luxury car right: The Model S has a surprisingly supple ride along with fluid, responsive handling. It quickly began outselling every established player in the ultra-luxury-car arena.

Buying a used Tesla could make more sense than ever right now, since the company has announced that starting in January 2017, new models will have only limited free access to Superchargers.

Tracking changes by model year with Tesla is more difficult than with traditional automakers, because the company rolls them out whenever they’re ready and updates the model year with the new calendar year in January. That can make it tricky to follow when certain equipment was added, but we’ll do our best to keep track here.

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