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.
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additions to the Tesla Model S lineup means that Tesla stores all around the world are keen to sell off their now outdated demonstration cars in preparation for the arrival of newer, autonomous-drive capable and dual-motor-equipped models.
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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