What’s the best year for a used Tesla Model S?

I’m considering buying a Tesla Model S, but I’m not interested in buying a new one. Is there a specific model year that’s better than others to buy used?

Andrea Barrett · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Buying a used car is a great way to reduce car expenses and save money! The best year for a used
Tesla Model S
is any model year after 2017.
The Tesla Model S is one of the best options for drivers looking for superior technology, style, and driving range, but reliability doesn’t always level up—especially in the 2013 model year. The 2013 Tesla Model S has the worst ratings and the highest number of complaints among all other Teslas.
Here are some of what drivers complain about with the 2013 Tesla Model S:
  • Door handle malfunction
  • Heating and cooling system (HV/AC system failure)
  • Suspension components need replacing
A well-maintained Tesla Model S can last between 200,000 and 400,000 miles before needing a battery replacement based on driving 15,000 miles per year—giving you anywhere from 13 to 27 years of reliable service. If you follow Tesla’s suggested
maintenance schedule
, it’s easy to keep a used Tesla in mint condition.
Here’s what they recommend:
  • Every two tears: Cabin air filter replacement,
    tire rotation
    , brake fluid testing
  • Every three years: Replace the A/C desiccant bag
It’s also recommended to perform yearly cleaning and lubrication of all brake calipers, especially if you live in a cold-weather climate.
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