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These Are the 5 Cheapest Teslas For Sale on Autotrader

If you’re interested in buying a Tesla, you’re probably thinking you’ll have to spend big money on one — somewhere between $70,000 and $130,000, which is roughly the base price range of the brand’s Model S sedan. But the used Tesla market is flourishing — and there are currently 21 different Tesla models listed on Autotrader for under $45,000. Admittedly, some of these have been crashed, or flooded, or destroyed in some other way — but these five are the least expensive operational Tesla models currently on the market.

2013 Tesla Model S

1. 2013 Tesla Model S – 68,500 Miles – $41,900

The least expensive Tesla on Autotrader is this 2013 Model S, which is offered by Elegant Auto Sales in Hawthorne, California, near Los Angeles, for $41,900. Likely so inexpensive due to its mileage — 68,500 is pretty high for any three-year-old car, and especially a Tesla — this Model S was originally sold in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although it’s a fairly basic example, it’s a one-owner car with no accidents — and it’ll surely get swept up by some Tesla fan interested in a bargain. Find a 2013 Tesla Model S for sale

2013 Tesla Model S

2. 2013 Tesla Model S – 48,200 Miles – $42,000

This 2013 Model S is only slightly more expensive than the cheapest one on Autotrader — but it touts 20,000 fewer miles. It’s also for sale on the other coast: with a private seller in the New York-metro-area town of Bridgewater, New Jersey, where it’s listed for $42,000. Like the least expensive model on our list (and the other Model S models included here), it has relatively high mileage for a Tesla — 48,200 — suggesting it was driven daily. Find a 2013 Tesla Model S for sale

2008 Tesla Roadster

3. 2008 Tesla Roadster – 42,100 Miles – $42,900

The only Tesla Roadster among the least expensive Tesla models on Autotrader is this one: a 2008 Tesla Roadster offered for $42,900 by a private seller in Camarillo, California, northwest of Los Angeles. The seller is clearly a Tesla fan, as his listing photos also show a Model S in his driveway — along with a Nissan 300ZX and an old Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. The Roadster, Tesla’s first model, was heavily based on the Lotus Elise — though it uses a fully electric drivetrain and includes a long list of modifications from Tesla. Find a 2008 Tesla Roadster for sale

2013 Tesla Model S

4. 2013 Tesla Model S – 88,800 Miles – $42,950

This sleek black Model S is notable for not just its low price — $42,950, from a private seller in Los Alamitos, California, near Los Angeles — but for its impressive miles: it’s traveled nearly 90,000 miles in just three years, which surely must make it among the highest-mileage Tesla models in existence. Unfortunately for the owner, the high miles have clearly contributed to its low price — but the owner doesn’t seem to mind, as his listing includes a photo of the black Model S he’s selling next to the brand-new Tesla Model X he just purchased. Find a 2013 Tesla Model S for sale

2012 Tesla Model S

5. 2012 Tesla Model S – 81,800 Miles – $42,995

Rounding out the top-five least expensive Tesla models on Autotrader is this 2012 Model S, which has also covered significant mileage — 81,821 miles, to be exact — in just four years. Offered by Secure Car Brokers in Salt Lake City, Utah, this white Model S is available for just $42,995 — and its Carfax report shows that it’s a one-owner vehicle with no accidents. Find a 2012 Tesla Model S for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. Yeah, 2 years ago I convinced my co-worker to buy a classic sports car I’d wanted since High School instead of the “TeaseLaLa” and he did!  He has enjoyed it going on car collector road trips with wife… so time for me to take out the 1970 Triumph TR6 I restored back in 1980-82 (paid $400 not running, stripped to metal then 12 coats of lacquer hand sanded between coats!).  Time to enjoy it after last enjoying in college -incredible chick-magnet… they thought I must have money ;-).  Now I do ;-)…
    By the way I got co-worker to buy a Pantera… complained he’d overpaid at $20K… now they’re selling $100K+… Oh well!

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