Why Wait For A Tesla Model 3 When You Can Have A Model S For $33k?

Buying used electric cars is still a bit of an unknown for the general public. Car culture simply hasn’t moved forward enough for something like the Tesla Model S to make its way onto used car lots all over the country.

Yet, there are people who don’t shy away from them, and Autotrader’s Tyler Hoover is one of the bravest souls out there when it comes to taking chances on older, but relatively special models.

This 2012 Model S, boasting 107,000 miles (172,200 km) on the clock, for example, cost him just $33,500.

Right off the bat, Hoover pretty much knew what to expect thanks to a previous Model S experience. With three out of the four retractable door handles already replaced, he says that one of them is still on track to fail – a $1,000 fix…

Another costly item that had also been replaced was the $4,000 touchscreen, which has been known to fail on early cars such as this 2012 one. Despite still operating on the old 3G network, the infotainment system works well, as do all the car’s electronics.

What about the battery?

The battery represents the main issue with old electric cars. However, even after 107,000 miles, this Tesla’s battery is still at 90% of its original capacity, which matches the expected rate of degradation in the Model S.

Finally, this car offers an extra peace of mind by having the extended warranty. Instead of the standard 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage, this 2012 Model S has an 8-year/unlimited mileage warranty, which means that even if something does go wrong with the battery or the drivetrain, Tesla should fix it for free within the next two years.

  • LWOAP

    Why Wait For A Tesla Model 3 When You Can Have A Model S For $33k?

    Because people who buy Teslas are a lot like people who buy smartphones IMO. They always have to have the latest model and will discard the previous one because it’s now deemed obsolete. It’s literally the smartphone of the automotive world and previous iterations are disposable the moment the new thing arrives. A great example of this is the Model S. Look at how many variants there were of that car which are no longer available such as the 60, 60D, 70, 70D, 75, 85, 85D, P85, P85+, P85D, 90D, and P90D.

    • KenjiK

      “Because people who buy Teslas are a lot like people who buy smartphones IMO.”

      iphones, to be precise.

      • Alfa Giulia QV

        Oh, that’s way better than what I put.

  • BlackPegasus

    The drive motor was replaced twice. And Three of the four automatic door handles were replaced. This work costs thousands of dollars outside of warranty. Looks like Hoovie got a reliable Model S. I’ll look forward to the updates on his experience driving it long distance.

  • Larry

    Terrible choice, financing used is always going to get you higher interest rates then new and you bought a car that will have problem after problem with less range. I would go for the 3 no doubt. Maybe if he bought it cash but still that’s a lot of money for something with 172000km and only 2 years warranty.

  • BOY THIS GUY IS TOO ANNOYING TO WATCH.

  • Arthur Burnside

    Who wants a car whose doorhandles cost $4000 every 6 years? Or take a gander at the collision repiar costs for these electric wonders.A $4000 touchscreen? Are they insane ?

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