You can now get a Tesla Model S for under $30,000. This 2013 Tesla Model S is currently the cheapest one listed for sale on Autotrader, and it’s offered for just $27,455. Every few months, I revisit the "cheapest Tesla," and — not surprisingly — it’s always getting cheaper. Now, it’s priced at about the same level as a nice Toyota Corolla.
A quick look at the particulars of this Model S tell you why it’s so cheap. The biggest reason is the mileage, as this Model S has traveled around 105,000 miles — a big number for an EV, especially considering it’s just seven years old. This is also a 60-kWh Model S, meaning it has a shorter range than models with more battery size — and it has less equipment than those models, too, as this one doesn’t even have leather upholstery.
Fortunately, the Carfax report for this Model S is excellent, showing no accidents and one single owner. This Model S was purchased new in Hayward, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, roughly six years ago, and it’s likely been driven in that area ever since. Although it’s hard to gauge reliability or battery loss over time, this Model S looks like it’s in decent shape in images accompanying the ad.
If you’re interested in the cheapest Model S on Autotrader, it’s offered by Sam Jidd Luxury in Des Plaines, Illinois, which looks to have many used Tesla models in inventory.