Someone Else Tried And Failed To Sell A Tesla Model 3 For Over $100k

For Sale

Or could it have been a scam?

This was not the first, nor will it be the last, time someone has tried to sell a Tesla Model 3 for nearly three times its original sticker price to anxious buyers. We first reported on this phenomenon when someone tried to flip a Model 3 for $150,000, though it had an MSRP of $56,000. It wasn’t even 100 percent new: the car had 2,000 miles on it. And now it’s happening again, or at least it appears so. It could be a scam. Why? We’ll get to that in a moment. Electrek noticed a Craigslist ad for another Model 3, this time with a $120,000 price tag.

The seller made it clear this was not a build slot, but the actual car itself with just 300 miles on it. Even the VIN was listed, which Electrek checked and came back positive. Although that’s a good sign, the seller did not show any interior photos, which is odd. Remember, VINs can be visible from the outside, so we can’t consider this a fully scam-free ad. However, as of this writing, the ad has been removed. No explanation was given. One possible reason is that this early build Model 3 was a Tesla employee car, and that individual wanted to make a quick and easy buck. This theory makes even more sense considering the ad is from San Francisco, which isn’t far from Tesla HQ.

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Could Tesla have also discovered the ad, looked up the VIN, and demanded the seller/employee take it down? It’s possible. No way to verify, unfortunately. But the seller is pretty dumb, nonetheless. Despite its popularity, why would anyone spend six-figures on a Model 3 when they could easily buy a brand new Model S or Model X for the same amount?