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I've been offered a Model 3 inventory car at 8% discount. It's a chrome trim model (which doesn't bother me) and has virtually zero mileage. It's currently unregistered but was listed as a demo.

My concern is the car was built very early 2020 and has clearly been sat around for quite a length of time.

Do you think this could be a problem vehicle; in that it could have battery degradation or maybe the car has been unfit to sell for a number of months?

Any thoughts or experiences would be much appreciated.
 

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I bought one fresh off the boat and it had a long list of minor faults. The one you are offered might be better off as anything likely to deter a sale will have been fixed.
 

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Seems odd that a car built a year ago that's in demand hasn't been registered at all. I'd be suspicious. Is the VIN definitely correct?
 

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Are the updated features on a 2021 model worth more than the 8% discount?
The ones i can think of are:-
1.Chrome delete
2.Increased range
3.Heat Pump
4 New Wheel covers
5.New centre console
6. USB stick
7.metal dials on steering wheel
8.power tail lift
9. Double layer front windows
 

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Are the updated features on a 2021 model worth more than the 8% discount?
The ones i can think of are:-
1.Chrome delete
2.Increased range
3.Heat Pump
4 New Wheel covers
5.New centre console
6. USB stick
7.metal dials on steering wheel
8.power tail lift
9. Double layer front windows
Would be for me personally as I think the eventual onward sale price will reflect the difference too.

Only you can decide if it’s worth it for you.
 

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Appreciate the comments all (y). I look at it as a LR car for close to SR+ cost as there's nothing in the latest spec that I really crave but maybe resale will take a hit?

I'll check the car out thoroughly when it's delivered and I guess the 7 day return option is available if it is a lemon?
 

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It's potentially just been sat in a showroom as a demo car. If it isn't registered and has no miles then it's not been a test drive car.
 

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Last time I passed an open Tesla store they’d actually removed the showroom cars (??) - I assumed they were desperate to sell as much stock as possible, so I guess this could be one of them.
 

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It's potentially just been sat in a showroom as a demo car. If it isn't registered and has no miles then it's not been a test drive car.
If it turns out to be this, then despite the minimal mileage, I'd be very conscious of how many times the doors have been opened & shut, how many times the seats have been adjusted, etc. There might be a load of wear and tear on the car that's not really represented in the mileage.

The same effect as you get from a car that's done 20,000 miles of 2-mile school runs, versus a repmobile that's done 20,000 motorway miles in one year. I'd suspect the former will have more loose trim pieces, and more wear on the doors, controls, etc (and in the case of an ICE, a more worn out engine - more miles run when cold) versus one that's just cruised at speed.
 
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