The owners of the now-discontinued Tesla Roadsters will soon be able to trade them in for a credit towards the purchase of a Tesla S sedan, the latest and greatest from the California-based electric carmaker. The carmaker would then resell the Roadsters, and while it shared the approximate prices of what those sale prices would be, what owners would get for their used cars hasn't been shared.
The Roadsters originally cost about $109,000, but Tesla would offer a four-year-old Roadster in good condition for about $73,300, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. A 2010 with about 2,900 miles would sell for $93,500. As the Model S starts at about $57,000, there could be cases where owners are being paid by Tesla to drive away a Model S while trading in their Roadsters.
While filling a need for some fashion-conscious buyers who have a need to be seen in the latest and greatest, Tesla will also benefit not only by moving more Model S sedans but also getting another product for its dealers to sell in the form of the used Roadsters before the Model X arrives.
Only about a total of 2,500 Roadsters were built, so supply is definitely lower and owners may get top dollar by selling privately. The two-seater sports car is hardly practical, however, and Tesla's grown-up consumer base may be ready to move to a much more practical sedan that has room for five.