What used Tesla Model S hatchback will I get for my budget?
The starting point for Model S ownership is currently around £30,000, which will buy you a 2014 model with an average mileage for the year and a full service history. Spending between £30,000 and £35,000 will get you slightly better or lower-mileage examples of the same year, while between £35,000 and £40,000 buys a good 2016 car or a facelifted example with a smaller battery and rear-wheel drive. Expect to spend a little more than that on a 2017 or 2018 car, or closer to £50,000 to get an incredibly quick P85D or P90D on your driveway.
You’ll need around £45,000 for a 2018 or 2019 car with a dual motor setup. Spend over £50,000 and you'll be able to get a car with the 100kWh battery.
A full charge will probably cost you between £6 and £10 in electricity on an Economy 7 night rate. However, provided you buy a Model S built before 15 January 2017, you can have free public rapid charging at any of the Tesla Supercharger sites across the country.
Naturally enough, the Model S's CO2 emissions are zero if you get your electricity from a renewable energy tariff.
You won’t pay road tax if your car was registered before 1 April 2017, and the law regarding the supplementary luxury car tax was changed so that all EVs are now exempt from that charge too.
Servicing is required annually or every 12,500 miles and servicing plans are available. A three-year maintenance plan includes three inspections in total – one every 12 months or 12,500 miles, whichever occurs first – and can be paid for up front or in instalments at a cost of £1575.
Insurance costs will be on the high side – understandable given that the Model S matches most sports cars for performance. Be warned that any repairs might be more expensive than rivals, due mostly to the aluminium construction, but also because some parts have to come direct from America.
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