Well…..maybe, as there are conditions.
For what Model Ss are asking for on the used car market, you can buy a brand new Model 3 which has (hopefully) a better build quality, a more modern design, excellent driving dynamics, near equivalent performance and is equipped with the absolute latest tech. Therefore, the sensible decision would be to buy a new Model 3 instead of a used Model S.
But, if you need the extra size and practicality of the Model S and for whatever reason the Model 3 just doesn’t float your electric boat, you could consider a Model Y (when it arrives).
However, if you don’t fancy yourself as an SUV owner and you must have a Tesla right now but cannot justify the expense of a new Model S, then yes, a used Model S is a decent choice.
But which Model S should you buy?
Our recommendation is a post-facelift 75. A 2015 (or more recent) 75 will provide you with the most up to date styling, improved build quality and almost all of the latest tech while only missing out on the mind-bending acceleration and extended range the likes a P90D can provide.
Plus a 75 will save you tens of thousands of dollars when compared to its higher-powered siblings. In Australia, 75s are currently selling for around $90,000 whereas a fully-optioned P90D of the same vintage will set you back around $140,000.
But this recommendation comes with a warning. While a Tesla Model S 75 is all the electric car you’ll need, it may be wise to set a few thousand dollars away for any other issues that might (and probably will) pop up.