Breaking — Used Tesla Mannequin 3 Now Eligible For The $4,000 Used Car Tax Credit score!

I used to be doing analysis for one more article and I stumbled upon one thing that hasn’t been introduced or publicized but. Tesla used autos at the moment are eligible for the the $4,000 tax credit score within the US!

I’m updating the articles I wrote 7 months in the past and 1 month in the past on this essential topic for decrease revenue folks within the US fascinating in shopping for a Tesla. That previous sentence isn’t one you may have probably ever learn. Who ever thought we’d be speaking about Tesla autos now accessible for decrease revenue folks this quickly?

IRS Web site Adjustments!

IRS web site on EV tax credit score.

On the IRS web site right here, they beforehand linked to a listing of autos eligible on the IRS website. This checklist doesn’t embody the Tesla Mannequin 3 or the Chevy Bolt, which is unhealthy information. This hyperlink continues to be lively, however shouldn’t be longer what the principle IRS web page factors to. It now factors a purchaser to the hyperlink. exhibiting Tesla eligible

Despite the fact that it says it’s sourced from the web page that doesn’t embody Tesla (or the Chevy Bolt), it seems this new web page is the one consumers ought to use (and save a screenshot in case they’re audited). In fact, you can even consult with this text. Though I’m not a CPA and this isn’t tax recommendation, I assume you should utilize my screenshots to defend your choice to say the credit score if it got here to that.

Tesla’s Website Reveals Used Tax Credit score, Too!

Tesla’s website has additionally been up to date to elucidate this identical tax credit score.

Tesla’s Used Car Pricing Nonetheless Barely Over $25,000

EV-CPO Hunter

I used EV-CPO Hunter to test pricing of used Tesla Mannequin 3 autos and a few are near $25,000, however none are beneath. Possibly it will change when the venture Highland refresh comes out later this yr.

Non-public Gross sales of Tesla Autos

If you wish to purchase from a personal proprietor, now you can discover a number of Mannequin 3 and Mannequin S autos underneath $25,000 on the website. Because the IRS tax credit score requires that you just purchase from a vendor, you would want to make use of a service like to run the sale by means of a vendor for a small price to get the $4,000 credit score.

CarGurus To Discover Tesla Autos At Conventional Sellers

Picture Credit score: CarGurus

You possibly can see costs have come down 5% or about $1,500 since my article 3 months in the past. However it’s definitely stunning {that a} 4- or 5-year-old Tesla Mannequin 3 is promoting for a similar or greater than a brand new Mannequin 3. In fact, that is the itemizing worth and sellers could also be discounting these automobiles and the promoting costs might be considerably decrease.

Picture Credit score: CarGurus

I searched for Mannequin 3 autos underneath $30,000 and located 637 accessible nationwide, nearly double the quantity I discovered a month in the past! Clearly, it’s essential to test these out and I like to recommend you get a decrease mileage unit if you wish to buy an prolonged guarantee (which you will or might not need primarily based in your state of affairs).

The IRS Effective Print

Beneath are a number of the necessities I’ve discovered that drive me a bit loopy. Here’s a hyperlink to the IRS web site to the not too long ago up to date web page with the small print.

  • Your revenue must be “excellent” to get the total credit score. A single taxpayer wants annual revenue of about $50,000 or so to have sufficient revenue to make use of a $4,000 tax credit score (which isn’t refundable and might’t be carried ahead or again to different tax years). However it could possibly’t be larger than $75,000. Fortunately, the second limitation could be met in both the yr you purchase the car or the previous yr. In case your revenue is just too excessive, you lose the entire credit score, but when your revenue is just too low, you simply lose a portion of the credit score. For married {couples}, the vary is far broader. You want mixed annual revenue of about $65,000 to make use of the total credit score, and you may have revenue of as much as $150,000 as said above.
  • You don’t get the credit score till as much as 7 months sooner or later, whenever you file your taxes. So, you’ll have to take a mortgage out on the next quantity and pay curiosity on that cash for 15 months (or the lifetime of the mortgage if you happen to don’t pay down your mortgage whenever you get the tax refund).
  • You possibly can solely purchase from a licensed vendor except you utilize a service like Keysavvy. I’ve discovered the perfect used automotive offers come from shopping for from a personal vendor.
  • You possibly can solely get the credit score if the producer has submitted the paperwork in your make and mannequin. As I discussed above, it seems Tesla and GM have now carried out this.
  • Plug-in hybrids are eligible for the credit score, similar to absolutely electrical autos. Some folks suppose that isn’t honest. It doesn’t actually trouble me.


This can be a recreation changer! The flexibility to get a brand new Tesla underneath $30,000 (after the tax credit score) has been nice for accelerating the expansion of  electrical autos to the higher center class, however others who need extra reasonably priced electrical automobiles have been caught with older Nissan Leafs or different automobiles which have a spread of 100 miles or much less. That is tremendous for a second automotive, however doesn’t meet the wants of most individuals who need to journey better distances. If you should buy one of many many Tesla autos for lower than $25,000 and also you qualify for the tax credit score, the online price of $21,000 or much less for a fantastic automotive with excellent reliability, excellent security, low gasoline prices, and the power to final a few years and retain a lot of its worth will enable many individuals simply ready for a fantastic electrical automotive to be reasonably priced!


If you wish to make the most of my Tesla referral hyperlink to get $500 off a brand new Mannequin 3 or Y (or $1,000 off a Mannequin S or X) plus 3 months free trial of Full Self Driving, right here’s the code: — but when one other proprietor helped you, please use their hyperlink as a substitute of mine, since I’ve extra referral credit than I do know what to do with.  If you wish to study extra about Tesla’s referral program, right here is the hyperlink with the most recent particulars. 

Disclosure: I’m a shareholder in Tesla [TSLA], BYD [BYDDY], Nio [NIO], XPeng [XPEV], Hertz [HTZ], and a number of other ARK ETFs. However I supply no funding recommendation of any type right here.


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