Used Tesla Model 3 buying guide
The Tesla Model 3 has quickly become one of the top selling cars in the world, maintaining its dominance over the EV market even with the emergence of newer rivals like the Hyundai Ioniq and Polestar 2. Tesla has arguably revolutionised the driving experience with their electric cars that are high-tech but user-friendly, stylish, and energy efficient. The Tesla Model 3 features an electric powertrain that offers impressive handling and acceleration, providing a range of 480-600 km on a single charge (depending on the model). You get plenty of storage space in the boot and ‘frunk’ (what Tesla calls a front trunk), and the big touchscreen display gives you control of everything from autopilot to music. Ultimately, a used Tesla Model 3 is a top choice for an electric car that’s practical, refined, and fun to drive.
Tesla Model 3 models: what’s included
Buying a used Tesla Model 3 will get you a choice between three models, each designed to meet any driver’s needs. Here’s a few of the key features:
Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus RWD
The base model offers a range of 491 km on its single motor RWD powertrain. Some key standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, power folding mirrors, a 15-inch touchscreen display, bluetooth connectivity, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, reversing camera, and parking sensors. The Model 3 Standard Range Plus is considered the entry-level Tesla, perfect for daily driving and families.
Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD
A step up, we have the Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD that provides a longer range of 602 km on the dual-motor AWD powertrain. It switches to 19-inch alloy wheels and adds features such as heated rear seats, premium audio system, live traffic updates, LED fog lights, and interior floor mats. As its name suggests, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD can take you further on longer drives, and the dual-motors offer a faster acceleration and higher top speed.
Tesla Model 3 Performance
For a boost in speed and power, the Tesla Model 3 Performance model boasts a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 3.3s and a range of 547 km. It’s fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels, performance brakes, carbon fibre spoiler, lowered suspension, and a track mode feature. As a more performance-oriented model, it has improved handling and firmer suspension, making it one of the more fun to drive Tesla cars.
Is a used Tesla Model 3 safe?
Every Tesla car is equipped with advanced safety tech that’s part of the basic autopilot feature. It includes active safety tech like blind spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision alert, and lane departure avoidance. The Tesla Model 3 is also fitted with a side sill structure for impact absorption, and crumple zones throughout the chassis soften any impact. For your security, Tesla cars also feature a layer of protection that’s called ‘Sentry mode’, which works like a home alarm system that detects any potential threats when the car is parked.
What are the benefits of buying a used Tesla Model 3?
A great way to get past the steep price of a new car is to buy a used Tesla Model 3. It offers the same futuristic features and benefits, where you can feel confident that a used Tesla Model 3 will offer a smooth driving experience. You can also expect less wear and tear on a used Tesla Model 3, since electric cars have fewer moving mechanical parts compared to traditional internal combustion engine cars. A used Tesla Model 3 will also keep getting better over time, as Tesla regularly updates its software to deliver new features and increased comfort.
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