Want a Discounted Tesla Model S? Head to Your Local Tesla Store Now

For as long as there have been auto dealers or car showrooms, one way to get a good deal on a new car has been to buy a nearly-new, ex-demo model with a few thousand miles on the clock. Essentially still a new car, ex-demo or ex-showroom models are usually well-looked after and kept in ‘as-new’ appearance, so as long as you don’t mind the odometer reading being a little higher than a car that has just come from the factory, you can often nab yourself a good bargain.

As long as you don't mind missing out on the autonomous driving hardware and dual-motor options, you can nab a bargain on a nearly new Tesla Model S right now

As long as you don’t mind missing out on the autonomous driving hardware and dual-motor options, you can nab a bargain on a nearly new Tesla Model S right now.

Even Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA], which prides itself on being different to the rest of the auto industry, has sold on ex-demo Tesla Model S cars at discount prices to ensure that the demonstration fleet at its growing network of Tesla Stores and the courtesy fleet attached to its service centres are always nearly-new, high-spec models. Traditionally, that discount has come in the form of a $1 per mile discount from list price for every mile the car has driven, plus a 1 percent drop in sticker price for every month that has passed since its production.

But now it appears discounts on used Tesla Model S cars have been doubled thanks to the recent announcement from Tesla that autopilot hardware would be added as standard to every new Tesla Model S off the production line, not to mention the debut of the all-new dual motor drive option.

As our friends over at GreenCarReports detail, the arrival of these two new exciting additions to the Tesla Model S lineup means that Tesla stores all around the world are keen to sell off their now outdated demonstration cars in preparation for the arrival of newer, autonomous-drive capable and dual-motor-equipped models.

For the right car and right circumstances, discounts can be as high as $18,000.

For the right car and right circumstances, discounts can be as high as $18,000.

As a consequence, pretty much every Tesla Model S 60kWh vehicle in Tesla’s inventory that has been used as a service loaner or test drive car appears to now be for sale at a rather attractive discount rate: $1 per mile on the odometer, and 2 percent drop in sticker price for every month since its manufacture.

With a finite number of server loaner and showroom demo cars in Tesla’s fleet, these discounts won’t stay around forever, but for those who are in the market for a nearly-new premium plug-in, it’s possible to save upwards of $18,000 on a Model S, provided you’re willing to have a car that wont’ ever be able to drive itself and takes a little longer to reach 60 mph than the all-new P85D flagship model.

With more range per charge than any other plug-in vehicle on the market today, a 0-60 second time that makes most high-performance sports car fans weep in jealousy, and most recently all-new hardware that makes it possible for the car to drive itself at some point in the near future, the Tesla Model S is one desirable car.

But if you’re willing to buy an entry-level model, or even one of the higher-specced Tesla-inventory ex-demo cars without that fancy new tech, you should probably head down to a Tesla Store rather quickly.

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  • Joe

    Oh! This is painful. I’ve been obsessively using Tesla’s “Design Studio” page to spec out the perfect car for me and it always comes to about $80k, minus the federal tax incentive. At an $18,000 discount minus $7500 we’re talking $56,000. I would finally jump on that except I’m buying a house next month and can’t afford it right now. Argh!

    • BlackTalon53 .

      You can always buy a house later, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity :-)nnIf the stock market does crash and people can’t afford their mortgages anymore, houses will be a lot cheaper anyway … remember how the bottom dropped out of prices in 2008.

  • Dennis Pascual

    One of the great things about buying a service loaner directly from Tesla is the way that the US Federal Tax Credit works.nnnTesla’s Service Loaner fleet are all “un-Titled”. Meaning, they have not been owned by anyone else (as opposed to a loaner fleet of Leaf or Volts or whatever) other than the manufacturer. Which means, even though the car could be considered “used” they are still legally “new.”nnnWhich means US purchasers of Tesla Service Loaner vehicles are able to register the car as new and thus be eligible for the Federal $7,500 Tax Credit.nnnWhereas if a Dealer were to provide EV loaners, to its customers, when it is time to sell the cars, The purchaser would not be able to get the Federal Tax Credit. (Yet another reason that this whole deal is really great for folks that don’t care about Auto-Pilot OR the second motor.)

  • Kenneth_Brown

    If I recall correctly, the entry level Model S does not include access to Tesla’s super charger network as standard.

  • Benjamin Schmitt

    Or instead of buying pre-owned, you can just go for a moderate configuration and take advantage of Tesla’s referral program (lasts till Dec 31), which gets you a $1,000 discount on a Model S:

    http://tesla-discount.com

  • Thomas Smutny

    Save $1000 on a new Tesla Model S or Model X by using this referral link: http://ts.la/thomas1648