The best way to sell your Tesla Model S private party and where to list
"Who has sold their Tesla in Private Sale? What did you do, where did you list, is there anything you need to notify Tesla about? I have an early enough model that has free charge for life and quite a bit of life on original warranties," asked David Hudon in Tesla Model S Owners Club on Facebook.
Here are some useful replies from the Model S owners about selling your Tesla private party, the best ways to sell your Tesla without too much hassle and where to list it to get the best results.
Communicate With Tesla So The App May Work Properly
I got the best results from Autotrader and Cars.com. Definitely not Craigslist. Only thing I needed to have Tesla do was remove the old car from my account which they still haven’t done after a month, so it still appears on my app and in mytesla account. If the new buyer wants the extended warranty then you have to do it before it changes hands. - Tim Martin
I sold my Tesla Model S through a private party sale. I posted on TMC. Went through escrow.com for payment. Then I provided a bill of sale, title, and warranty docs. The new owners have to email Tesla to activate their account. - Ten Nguyen
I sold my first Tesla Model S on eBay Motors and just happen to get a local buyer so all went well. I went to his bank and watched him get a cashiers check and then I notified Tesla. - Susan Sautman
The Buying Side
I bought mine private party through the TMC forum. I met with the seller and created a Tesla online account. After I registered there Tesla needed a copy to transfer to my account. The seller’s account no longer has the car in his app. - Al Hibpshman
I purchased my Tesla Model S on a private sale. After the state sales documents and registration I had to send a picture copy of my new registration to Tesla to verify I was the new owner so I could get the app to work. That’s all we did. - Darryl Bosshartd
As someone who just recently bought a 4 yr old P85 directly from Tesla my advice is to advertise and highlight the warranty coverage that is remaining. I passed on a few cheaper Tesla Model S vehicles out of their warranty. - Mat Brady
There are 5 reasons why people sell their Tesla cars through a private sale. First is the exposure. Although someone here said to avoid Craigslist, it is still the "go-to place for private sales. Second reason is that there is no overhead and no listing fees. The 3rd reason is that you ca sell regionally. The 4th reason is that you can sell through multiple channels and cross-advertise. The 5th reason is that it's simple.
If you have bought or sold a Tesla through a private sale, please share with us your experience in the comments section below for discussion. What are the best ways to buy and sell Teslas hassle free?