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Who will be the first owner to get an offer for their Model S...

This might be an odd subject, however, I have seen and heard about stranger things before, and I know it is bound to happen. One of us early adapters is going to get an offer from someone who was late to the game and offer a substantial amount of cash to one of us, to get their hands on this car (once they see it, and realize what it can do).

I doubt any of us would be willing to sell our Sig to anyone, however, when the general public really sees this car, finds out what it is, and what it can do, someone with serious money is going to HAVE to have it NOW!

If this happens to you, let us know!

If this was true, wouldn't someone buy the car from the two people selling it on ebay?

If someone offers me their year old A8 and $100K in cash I might have to get back in line. I really wanted the green, but took Sig red rather than wait another six months.

IMO, with few exceptions, every “S” is for sale (resale), provided the price/offer is right! What is the right price? I suspect $25K over total cost (MSRP + sales tax + delivery + all fees – any government rebate) will be a reasonable price. Some will accept less, others will want more, others will want the moon ($100K and a slightly used A8).

Personally, if someone offered me $25K over my total cost, I would accept. Why, because it will allow me to upgrade from a 60kWh battery to a Performance 85… And: the 2013/2014 will have many upgrades, standard features, and new options, new colors, not available to early adapters. On the negative side, I lose a year (+ -), there may be a price increase, and I have to pay some capital gains tax.

Tikiman, the real question is, "how much over your cost will it take to pry the key fob from your tightly clenched fist?"

petero;
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And, IMO, Tesla should welcome such re-sales.

Decided to let adapter/adopter slide? ;)

For myself, It would have to fairly substantial... like maybe $200k. I am not buying the Model S as fun toy, but more as an investment for my livelihood (due to my long commute, in the most miserable traffic on Earth). So, it is worth a great deal more than what I am paying (for my situation). Plus, I will LOVE all the attention this car will generate (which is a priceless feeling:-)

Regardless, I am sure it will happen, as I have already heard iPhone 5's are going for well over $3k on the black market in Russia. Just as I am sure some wealthy people likely paid others to stand in line to buy one for them today, just so they could have it first, and not have to wait in line like the rest of us.

Cindy, Are the Model S's on eBay actual cars, or just reservations?

Ok, I was too curious to wait... http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Tesla-Model-S-Signature-Performance-2012-...

So, it appears the car hasn't be delivered yet, and they are asking $10k over invoice. The other is just an early P reservation. For someone wealthy, they will see it up close on the street (or be given a test ride), realize they can't jump the line, and will offer serious cash to buy someone out.

I still have a feeling that once a few are on the road, far more will be offered.

I don't think anybody will get $200,000 for this car, ever.
If I'm wrong and you're offering, contact me offline ;)

I wonder if TM will allow their stores to resell “Ss” to customers who do not wish to wait? Perhaps a $25K mark-up with a $5K commission ($30K/$10K) would be enticing? This would provide income, have more cars available to show, etc. Also, this could prevent the wealthy, impatient, rich customers from buying other luxury brands.

There are many advantages to having a dealership resell your car, among them: safety, no free joy rides, a knowledgeable sales associate, dealers insurance...

When I turned in my last lease early this year (a 2009 Infiniti FX50s fully loaded, with over 50k miles on it), they had it in the front of the dealership (before I could leave) with a chalked on price of $60k (which is just shy of only a 10% discount).

It's all about supply and demand, and last I checked, the Model S was low on supply, and HIGH on demand!

I did get an offer for our Signature, but my minimum premium for giving it up was $35K, and the offer was less.

TikiMan . Usually the leasee has the option to buy the car at lease end at an agreed upon price. Often there is money to be made, if the market value is higher than the residual value. In my last seven leased cars, I bought and resold 3 of them and made a profit.

HaroldS. Would it be indiscreet to ask how much the offer was?

@petero

I am negotiating with another potential buyer, so I can't disclose that at present, but it was "within the range" of what I asked.

Frankly, the Performance version which is now on eBay is a much better buy, although it will be later in arriving.

Our Signature is being delivered to Madison, WI on October 3rd, and after that we won't be offering to sell it. We did have a low number production reservation, and had considered the Sunset Red with gray leather, but we'll be canceling that reservation (#431, so everyone behind moves up one - LOL)and applying the $5K to the Signature.


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