Demand for Used Tesla Model Y Soars as Prices Drop

Sales of used cars are surging as their prices fall significantly. The trend reflects a broader shift in the electric vehicle (EV) market, where both new and used EV inventories are increasing, leading to lower prices and higher consumer interest, reports Forbes.

Price Drops Drive Demand

Used 2021 Tesla Model Y vehicles have become more affordable, with prices starting around $30,000 on Tesla's website as of May 2024. Vehicles with lower mileage typically range from $32,000 to $36,000. This significant price drop is attracting more buyers.

Rebecca Lindland, Cars Commerce Senior Director of Industry Data and Insights, explained the situation: “Now is a good time to buy a new or used EV. Inventory is up, sending prices down.”

Lindland highlighted the sustained demand for used Teslas, especially the Model Y. Used Model Y sales have jumped 119% year-over-year (YoY) and 65% year-to-date (YTD). She attributes this surge to the continued price reductions of new Model Ys, which influence the market for used versions.

Market Trends

The broader EV market is also experiencing notable changes. The overall inventory of new EVs has doubled YoY, while used EV inventory has increased by 42%. This oversupply has led to a 20% drop in used EV prices YoY.

According to Lindland, “This price adjustment, along with government incentives for new and used EVs, aims to stimulate demand in a segment that is still growing– we estimate new EV sales grew 27% YoY in Q1 2024 (excluding Tesla as they don't report US-specific sales).”

Consumer behavior is also shifting. With used EV prices dropping, these vehicles are becoming more attractive to cost-conscious buyers. Used EV demand has risen by 45% YoY, indicating that lower prices are indeed enhancing their appeal.

The falling prices of used Tesla Model Y cars are driving a surge in demand. As the overall EV market grows, increased inventory and government incentives are making EVs more accessible and appealing to a broader range of consumers. This trend reflects a significant shift towards electric vehicles, supported by market dynamics and changing consumer preferences.

EVXL's Take

The surge in demand for used Tesla Model Ys amid falling prices is a clear sign of the growing acceptance and adoption of electric vehicles. As EVs become more affordable, they are likely to attract an even wider audience, accelerating the transition to a more sustainable automotive future. With increased inventory and supportive policies, the future of electric vehicles looks promising.

Photo courtesy of Tesla.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all electric vehicle-related news, covering brands such as Tesla, Ford, GM, BMW, Nissan and others. He fulfills a similar role at the drone news site Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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