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Used Tesla or new Bolt/Leaf?

Found a private party Tesla S with a reconstructed title asking $29k.

41,000 miles
85 kWh battery
Smart air suspension
Tech package
Free Supercharging
3rd row jump seats
Premium sound

My rule of thumb with reconstructed titles is to target 70% of normal private party value. KBB said private party is about $35k, and Edmunds $31k. Splitting the difference would be $33k, and my 70% rule would make my offer somewhere around $23k.

That's the territory I can purchase a new Bolt or Leaf after all incentives are factored in. I might be able to get down to ~$20k or so on a new Bolt or Leaf.

Would you rather own a 2013 Model S for $23k, or a new Leaf for $20k?

I figure if we have another kid I'll want the extra room of the Tesla. Wonder if I can throw an infant car seat in those jump seats?

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