If you already took delivery, you might want to sell it.
With new inventory scarcity due to the microchip shortage, used vehicles are hitting record prices. It's no wonder why the practice of flipping new cars for a profit is booming right now. Car flippers often target limited edition sports cars, and their latest target is the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid, Tesla's fastest car ever. The Plaid retails at $129,990, but getting one isn't as easy as writing a check out to Tesla.
Tesla estimates the earliest a customer might receive their car is in August. However, our reporting indicates many units are already sitting at delivery centers awaiting new software and bug fixes. A few Plaids have slipped through the cracks, reaching customer's hands. But if you don't feel like waiting, a few are available now.
We found half a dozen Model S Plaids listed for sale, all with a significant premium over the MSRP. At the high end, one seller is asking $188,600 on eBay for their white example. Even factoring in the $4,500 21-inch wheels, $10,000 Full Self-Driving capability, and included Tesla tequila decanter, the retail price only comes out to $144,490. This means the seller is asking a $44,110 premium for their car.
This is the most extreme case, but the other sellers are still asking significantly over the sticker price. We spotted other listings priced at $170,000, $169,989, $148,000 $145,750, and $139,990. Not only are some of these prices ludicrous, but a few only include a build slot with an estimated delivery time, rather than the actual car.
Buyers who want a Tesla Model S Plaid have a difficult choice to make; wait for their car to be delivered, or pay a hefty premium to have one as soon as possible. Though Tesla is giving customers rough delivery dates, there's no way to know for sure if the car will be ready for delivery once it arrives in stock. There is one major positive of buying a Model S Plaid that was already delivered; you can test out the steering yoke to see if you like it.