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Has anyone traded in for a new or preowned Tesla?

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I'm sure this has been asked plenty of times by now, but I'm curious if anyone has traded up to a Telsa? If so, any regrets/caveats/etc? Unfortunately, even their pre-owned/lease trade-ins are still expensive. $50K+

Can you use the tax credit on a pre-owned vehicle or is it only applicable to a new purchase? Any feedback is welcome.

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I actually have owned a Tesla Model S85D for two years now and I love the car. But to replace my wife's "ice" vehicle I convinced her to get a 2017 Volt in December. I have been driving the Volt more than she has, and I must say I am very impressed with it. Use the Tesla for long distance driving so the Volt is almost totally used in ev mode.
A really important advantage that Tesla has in regards to distance driving i.e. Hundreds of kms, has to be their ability to charge quickly. This is why the Bolt is not really a competitor to Tesla. As to being "finicky " to drive.... just not true; and definitely no more so than the Volt, and, of course, the performance is very, very good. Your point about the the repair problems however is spot on from what I gather. Luckily I have not had to repair either my Tesla or Volt yet. My experience is that the Tesla Model S and the Volt are both just very good vehicles in their own ways, and totally make any return by me to an "ice" vehicle the last thing I would ever consider, God willing and the creek don't rise. I try to get anyone who will listen to consider these cars. Have so far had one family get a Tesla and one seriously looking at the Volt.
On the other hand, this is exactly why neither the Bolt nor the Tesla works for my distance driving.

I've just come back from another drive to Ottawa, under five hours door-to-door. Stopping for a charge, if available, would have been a significant inconvenience for either Bolt or Tesla. Other regular drives are to Timmins - never in my lifetime going to be viable for a BEV - and to Montreal or Riviere-du-Loup and on to Halifax, multiple charges if and when it's possible. So the Volt is my long distance car. I can see a Bolt in my future but only for around the GTA, which is more than half my yearly kms anyway. Any current Tesla is too much car for that use as far as I'm concerned.
I have actually made the trip to Nova Scotia about 5 times in the Tesla and one does get used to stopping for a charge (except for my wife!) but you just have to shift your attitude and between Superchargers drive a fast as you like, but beyond the last one slow down and relax. I think your post illustrates this exactly... some can chill out and read a book or dine for a few hours while waiting for a level 2 charger to do its thing; others, like my wife cannot stand the waiting. Best to tailor your purchases accordingly.
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