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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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To answer your tax credit question, the tax credit only applies to new cars that you purchase. If you lease the car, the leasing company gets the tax credit, and it's up to them whether you get any discount or not. early volt buyers might have gotten maybe $2-3K off because of the tax credit.

I plan to upgrade from my volt to something really nice soon, but I'm still wavering about what the next vehicle will be. A lot will do with the timing. If I need a car sooner, it will probably be a used ELR. If I get the car in 2-3 years, then it might be a model S or CT6 PHEV or whatever else hits the marketplace and touches my fancy.

One last note, trading in a 2016 will mean you will take a shellacking on depreciation. Seriously consider driving this vehicle into the ground and upgrading when the volt is on its last legs. Your pocketbook will thank you. Of course, if you are already filthy rich, then do whatever floats your boat.

When choosing a Tesla, I'm on the two extremes. Part of me would order the S60D to get the cheapest car that has AWD and no other options (maybe adding autopilot later). It would be fine for my commute, but might be a stretch to take out of town. The other part of me wants to S100D (without Performance) so I have the longest battery life and don't regret shortchanging myself. But then I'd be tempted to add Autopilot, dual chargers, adjustable shocks, and all of the sudden this just under 6 digit car hits 6 digits. I don't want Ludicrous mode as that's a formula for disaster (too much temptation to do something stupid and hurt myself or someone). If there's an option for grandpa mode, I want it. Maybe by the time I need to decide, they'll have an S110D or S120D. Better yet, how about an S200D.
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Interesting what is a long trip for some and not for others. Where I live, it is 35 miles to go to Krogers (ONE WAY).

70 or 80 miles is still considered a short trip. Hundreds of miles, now that is along trip ;)
Interestingly enough, the nearest Krogers to me is also about 30 miles away, but luckily there is a County Market 3 miles from my home.
Then I drove one. Other than being fast, the "wow" factor was not there for me. I've had lots of fast cars, and now I'm just over it. LOL
I was lucky enough to drive a CTS-V around a race track once, and man was that a blast. But it had the opposite effect on me that the Cadillac marketing folks probably didn't expect. It convinced me to never own one as the temptation is too great to do something stupid. I love my volt, only wish it had more space.
While I do like my 2017 Volt -- after multiple issues and GM's way of handling things... I will start to seriously look at a Model 3 in the next 2 years I believe. Will be about 1 year before they start rolling out in volume, and another year (to me) getting the shake down.

Not normal for me to buy a car and get rid of it so quickly so that part is weird... my plan at least is to pay off my Volt quickly, and then save up and just watch/wait to see how the Model 3 does. I don't really want the first years worth that rolls off the line, happy to let the car get shaken down for a year or two by others before I make the jump.

I drive *a lot* for work, already have 15K+ on my 2017, I have to re-fuel about once a month at this point with my driving habits. It's addicting (The torque) and only having to go to a gas station once every 4 or 5 weeks is amazing, I can imagine it only being more awesome *never* having to go to a gas station :)

Not in a rush either way.
If you are looking at a tesla model 3, and you don't already have a reservation in, I predict at least 3 years from now before you can get one. Remember, they had 300-400k reservations in the queue and tesla has never been able to produce at that scale with either the S or X. I had a reservation that I placed minutes after the reveal, then when I figured out that the model 3 was about the size of the volt, cancelled my reservation as my next vehicle needs to be bigger. I'm in no hurry, but if I were to have to buy something soon, it might be a CT6 PHEV (probably coming sooner than the model 3), a suburban, or an Outback (come on GM, get me a voltec suburban or equinox already)
We have a pre-order on the Tesla 3 since July. I want to go all electric but I just can't bear to part with any of the performance my Subaru STi offers. Hoping we'll be able to afford an optioned out performance model with dual motors and full autonomy.
I'm not jumping for joy for full autonomy just yet.
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