Used Car of the Day: 2019 Tesla Model 3

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Would you buy a used Tesla right now, given all of Elon Musk's controversies with Tesla and Twitter?

Would you pay $44,000 for one?

That's what this Model 3 owner wants for a RWD car with full-self driving (FSD). We will note here that no car, including any Tesla, on the market can actually drive itself -- FSD is just Tesla's (misleading, IMO) name for its semi-autonomous driving system.

The seller claims to have a clean title. The seller says that outside of a couple of door dings, the car is cosmetically clean, and he or she has kept it mostly above 70 percent charge and hasn't used supercharging often.

He or she also says this car is fully loaded. The car is still under factory warranty until 2023.

Does a three-year-old Tesla ring your bell? Or is this a hard pass?

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Petey Petey on Dec 24, 2022

    I was quite surprised when i found out that the base model3's were Rwd. I assumed they were all awd from the price.

    I can't even count how many teslas model 3's ive seen spun out, and stuck in the snow in the past couple of weeks. Im sure they were all the base models with Rwd, and i ll bet the owners had no idea that the car they purchased was even rwd.

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Dec 30, 2022


    Base MMR: $32,400

    Adjusted MMR$: 30,800 (this example @ 46K)

    12/15/22$30,25044,5952.8EL/ARedLeaseWest CoastPhoenix

    12/14/22$32,25038,9963.6EL/ABlueLeaseWest CoastTucson

    12/2/22$34,80035,5144.4EL/ARedRegularSoutheastFort Lauderdale



    11/29/22$37,00023,5934.3EL/AGrayRegularWest CoastRiverside

    Hey seller: bite me Tesla boy @ $44K

  • Tassos Ford models are like dumb Hollywood movies. The original is far better than their god damned sequels. This was true of the Mustang vs the II, AND the Capri vs its second gen, and their BEV PORKER atrocities many decades later
  • Jeff I would not buy a Chinese car with the current global situation with Taiwan and Ukraine but I believe eventually China will become the number 1 producer of vehicles globally. Lou brought up a valid point that much of the content of new vehicles has components made in China. Even many of the tires that are sold are made in China. Try buying a small appliance or electronics that are not made in China. Many of the electric motors that go in power reclining furniture are made in China. Many auto parts especially replacement parts are made in China.
  • 2ACL Not as bad as some have quipped, but half the appeal of a sport compact is the car on which it's based. The Ion was one of the worst in segment, blunting the outreach of GMPD's work. More marginalization hit in the form of competitors evolving into some of their most compelling interations. $8.5k? KBB tells Joe Average to aim for half that. Within the context of those specifically interested in this model, the magic words for asking more than market seem to be 'Competition Package.' If the best the seller can do in a short ad is vaguely reference aftermarket audio, they don't deserve a premium.
  • The Oracle I can’t wait to see the UAW attempt to organize the Chinese plants when they come.
  • Redapple2 They strove to excel and improve in this era ( on the cheap? ). They gave us Saturnasty and Northstarubish and the F150 grew in dependability and features over the Silveradoffal. -gm- a legacy of utter garbage.