We accept passenger cars, trucks, vans and SUVs for trade in towards the purchase of a new or used Tesla vehicle. If you wish to trade in your vehicle, enter in the vehicle details in your Tesla Account before your Tesla vehicle is delivered. If your trade-in vehicle qualifies, you’ll receive a purchase offer that can be applied towards your order. If you decide to trade in your vehicle, you will hand off the vehicle during your delivery appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Trading In Your Vehicle
Which vehicles are eligible for trading in?
We accept passenger cars, trucks, vans and SUVs for trade-in value towards a new or used Tesla vehicle purchase. Internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and electric vehicles (EV) are acceptable for trade in.
We do not accept motorcycles, RVs or commercial vehicles. Non-drivable vehicles are also not accepted for trade in. See below for eligibility of branded vehicles.
How does the trade-in process work?
After your order is placed and a VIN has been assigned, a Tesla Advisor will contact you to start the trade-in process. In order to receive a trade-in offer, you must submit details such as your VIN, mileage, zip code and photos in your Tesla Account. We will contact you when your trade-in offer is ready for review. Trade-in vehicles must be dropped at your delivery appointment.
Any applicable positive equity can be applied towards the purchase of your new or used Tesla vehicle. If you have negative equity, it must be paid either at delivery or rolled into your financing agreement (pending credit approval).
Can I trade in my vehicle if I’m still actively leasing?
Yes, but some lessors impose restrictions on allowing active leases to be bought out. Below is a list of some of these lessors that no longer allow third-party buyouts for their leased vehicles. Before placing your order, contact your lender to verify any third-party buyout restrictions.
Can I trade in my vehicle if I’m still actively financing?
Yes. You can trade in your vehicle if you are still making finance payments. We will calculate and compare the pay-off amount and any equity (positive or negative) that will be added to your Motor Vehicle Purchase Agreement.
Note: Refrain from paying off your lease or loan in full prior to trading in your vehicle. Any delays in the title receipt may delay your delivery date.
What if the vehicle is titled in KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NY, OK or WY and the title is held by a lender?
If you are actively financing your trade-in and your title is held by a lender in one of these states, request a ‘Letter of Guarantee’ or digital image of the title from your lienholder to provide to your Tesla Advisor prior to your delivery appointment.
Will Tesla accept a trade-in without a vehicle title?
Trade-in vehicles must be properly titled in the United States to be eligible for trade in. A physical title is required if you are not actively financing or leasing your trade-in vehicle, or if you are making finance payments in KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NY, OK or WY.
Will Tesla accept vehicles from outside of the United States?
We do not accept vehicles that have ever been titled or registered outside of the United States.
Does Tesla accept salvaged or branded trade-in vehicles?
Non-Tesla vehicles with a salvage, rebuilt, lemon, junk, recycled or not actual miles (NAM) branded title are eligible for a trade-in so long as the vehicle’s title branding has been completed with the relevant state. The face of your vehicle title should display the appropriate branding or the vehicle will not qualify for a trade-in.
Tesla vehicles with a salvage, rebuilt, lemon, junk, recycled or not actual miles (NAM) branded title are not eligible for a trade-in.
Does Tesla accept trade-ins with a bonded title?
We do not accept any trade-in vehicles that have a bonded title.
Can I trade in more than one vehicle towards my new Tesla purchase?
We do not accept more than one trade-in vehicle towards the purchase of a new or used vehicle.
Can I trade in a vehicle if my name isn’t on the title?
If you are trading in a vehicle that is titled in another person’s name, you must transfer the vehicle title of ownership to your name before your delivery appointment. We will not accept a granted power of attorney in lieu of legal ownership.
Trade-In Offers and Valuations
When will I receive my trade-in offer?
As your delivery date approaches, you will be asked to submit your trade-in details in your Tesla Account. Once submitted, we will provide a trade-in offer based on current market conditions. Trade-in offers are valid for 30 days or 1,000 miles, whichever comes first, and are contingent on the information you provide about the vehicle being accurate.
How does Tesla determine the price of my trade-in vehicle?
Trade-in values for non-Tesla vehicles are determined based on market data utilizing industry standard tools and resources (pending vehicle history verification).
Trade-in values for Tesla vehicles are determined based on vehicle configuration, history, mileage and age. The resulting value is based on information you provide us about the vehicle, market data and internal Tesla product knowledge.
How do aftermarket vehicle modifications affect trade-in valuations?
Aftermarket vehicle modifications typically have a negative effect on trade-in valuations. It is best for trade-in vehicles to be in ‘stock’ or original state.
How do trade-ins affect vehicle purchases?
In addition to adding credit toward your vehicle purchase, several states offer an incentive for trading in your vehicle in the form of a sales tax credit. If you live in one of the following states, you may be eligible: AR, AZ, CO, CT, FL, ID, IN, KS, MA, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, PA, TN, UT, WA, WV, WY.
If applicable, the value of your trade in vehicle will be subtracted from the purchase price of your new Tesla vehicle before state sales tax is calculated, meaning you pay less sales tax at the time of your final payment. For example, if you’re purchasing a new Tesla vehicle for $60,000 and you’re trading in a vehicle valued at $10,000, the sales tax for your purchase would be calculated as if you were equal to purchasing a $50,000 vehicle.
In some states (GA, MD, SC, TX), you’ll pay the sales tax for the entire purchase price upfront but you may receive a tax credit accounting for the extra sales tax when you file your state taxes.
Check with your state government for details specific to your state and vehicle. We do not guarantee your eligibility or incentive availability.
Dropping Off Your Trade-In
When can I drop off my trade-in vehicle?
All trade-ins must be dropped off during your scheduled delivery appointment. We cannot accept trade-ins before or after your scheduled delivery appointment.
Can I drop off my trade-in at a different delivery location?
Trade-ins must be dropped off at your assigned delivery location during your scheduled delivery appointment.
Who is required to be present at delivery?
All owners listed on the trade-in vehicle title and/or registration must be present at delivery to sign the trade-in documentation. Failure to have these individuals present could result in delayed delivery.
Will Tesla report the trade-in sale to my state motor vehicle department?
We are not responsible for reporting the trade-in transaction to your state’s motor vehicle department. You may be required to notify your state’s motor vehicle department of the pending transaction after your trade-in documents are complete and your trade-in vehicle has been transferred to us. For additional details, check with your state’s motor vehicle department.
What happens to the personal data stored on the trade-in vehicle?
Before trading in your vehicle, the vehicle owner must clear any data and restore it to factory settings. This ensures that all your personal information is removed before you trade in your vehicle. We will not check whether you have cleared your data and we are not responsible for ensuring that your personal data is removed from your trade-in vehicle.
If you are trading in a non-Tesla vehicle, check your owner’s manual for guidance on removing your data. If you are trading in a Tesla vehicle, tap ‘Controls’ > ‘Service’ > ‘Factory Reset’ on your touchscreen to clear your data and restore to factory settings.
I’m trading in my vehicle that is currently enrolled in Full Self-Driving Beta to a new Tesla vehicle. Can I transfer Full Self-Driving Beta to my new Tesla vehicle?
If you sell or trade in your vehicle that is currently enrolled in Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta, it is not transferable to your new Tesla vehicle. You can request FSD Beta from your new vehicle by selecting ‘Controls’ > ‘Autopilot’ > ‘Request Full Self-Driving Beta’ on your vehicle touchscreen.
Can I request my trade in vehicle back if I am unsatisfied with my new vehicle purchase?
Trade-in vehicles cannot be returned once trade-in documents are signed, the vehicle is in our possession and the transaction is complete. For additional details, review your Trade-In Annex.