Tesla to recycle Roadsters as trade-ins for Model S purchases
Have an old Tesla Roadster out back with weeds growing up through the wheel wells? Has Tesla Motors got a deal for you! According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, Tesla Motors has begun offering Tesla Roadsters a buyback program in which their Roadster can be traded in to buy a Tesla Model S. The recycled Roadsters will later be available for purchase from Tesla Motors.
Some Tesla Roadster owners weren't in it to buy a sports car, but to own an electric car. While the Roadster is an awesome car, it doesn't have a trunk, it has two seats, and in general it's not the same as a regular family Sedan. The Model S, on the other hand, seats five, is a full size sedan, with cargo areas in both the front and rear of the car, gets 265 miles per charge, and has access to free refueling at the Supercharger sites. Plus, the Model S can beat the Roadster in racing conditions.
The way it works is Tesla will give Roadster owners a credit towards purchase of a Model S. Because Tesla knows every inch of service that has gone into every Roadster, the company already has a good idea of the condition of the car. The actual trade-in value will depend on a detailed inspection and the age and mileage of the car. If for some reason the Roadster being traded in has more value than the Model S being purchased, the purchaser will be written a check.