What would you trade your Model S for?

What would you trade your Model S for?

What would you trade your Model S for?
Here are the rules:
1. You cannot say another Tesla past, present, or future.
2. You cannot say any of Elon Musk's companies or stocks (Tesla, Solar City, Space X,) past, present, or future.
3. It has to be a real product that can be purchased today
4. The value of it cannot exceed the price you paid for your Model S
Disregard this one :) 5. The answer cannot be "nothing"

Updated Rules;
OK, I'll ease up on the game a bit.
5. If the answer is nothing, then write your explanation.

KOL2000 | July 8, 2013

50k of TSLA stock, 50K or SCTY stock and a used BMW for driving until I'm allowed to buy a tesla again....

Carefree | July 8, 2013

You'd have to pry my P85 out of my hands - no way would I trade it for ANYTHING.

Dwdnjck@ca | July 8, 2013

If Ihad to keep and service a car for 100,000 miles to make this trade, their is nothing, including Aston Martin , Rolls, Bently or Ferrari that I would trade for. I used to spend hours on EBay searching for a used Bently Azure. I don't do that any more.

HenryT2 | July 8, 2013

A few days after I got my Model S, I realized that I was now in possession of the only car on the market that I would care to have. If someone offered to trade me a Bugatti Veyron or Maybach for my Model S, I'd say no (assuming I couldn't just turn around and sell it and buy a bunch of Model S). It was an awesome feeling thinking that for once in my life, I now owned the car I would buy if money was no object (again assuming I could just have one - I wouldn't mind a Bugatti taking up the second spot in my garage).

So, my answer is:
Your game sucks! I'm not playing!
[kicks over some toys and leaves sulking with hands in pockets]

KOL2000 | July 8, 2013

I'd like to politely point out I'm the only one following the rules here :)

NICE | July 8, 2013

Hey, I know this game is unfair. It's a loaded question that we owners already know but I thought everyone else should get a feel for.

So far the only answer that is acceptable is KOL2000's. I thought about that after I already posted. I forgot to include;

5. You cannot say any of Elon Musk's companies or stocks (Tesla, Solar City, Space X,) past, present, or future.

KOL2000 | July 8, 2013

The point is well taken. This is a miserable game because the MS is so special. Any other car you could say ok I'll trade the Ferrari for a maclaren or corvette for mustang or BMW for Audi, etc.

HenryT2 | July 8, 2013


EXACTLY! This game sucks.

[kicks over some more toys and runs to mommy crying about the mean man trying to take away his model s]

cloroxbb | July 8, 2013

If I didn't own a house before purchasing the Model S, then I would trade for a 110,000 down payment on a house.

Mathew98 | July 8, 2013

Why would anyone trade the dream EV for anything else? There's no substitution or competition in the same space.

Are you asking if any of the OCD Tesla owners to revert to smog producing machines? Given the rules of the game, not a fat chance in h@ll...

How much would you pay to cure mid life crisis (real or perceived)?

Winnie796 | July 8, 2013

The knowledge to truly understand women. Oh wait, that's impossible, so I would swap it for something much easier and cheaper, The British Crown Jewels.

sharpe222 | July 8, 2013

The Millennium Falcon....

THEKING | July 8, 2013

i would trade it for a porsche panamera turbo
if both cars cost the same
i think the panamera turbo is the best 4 door car in the market.... bar none.

Christianjacques | July 8, 2013

mercedes SLS AMG EV

Mike C | July 8, 2013

Wouldn't trade for a Ferrari or anything else, unless I was allowed to sell it and buy my car back (or a P85+).

SamO | July 8, 2013

1 Brammo electric motorcycle

1 zipcar/car2go membership

10 plane tickets to take the place of my long driving road trips I am planning

I would only trade for ONE YEAR.

Then I get my Model S back.

GLO | July 8, 2013

@SamoSam +1

A house, nicer than mine but "I would only trade for ONE YEAR.

Then I get my Model S back."

Jamon | July 8, 2013

I would give up my S for 1 year to reserve a free ride to Mars with SpaceX. Round trip preferred :)

NICE | July 8, 2013

LOL, that would be priceless!
Broken Rule 4: How many British Crown Jewels can you possibly get in trade?

Broken Rule 3: It has to be a real product. Unless you meant the Star Wars spacecraft movie prop.

Broken Rule 4: The panamera turbo base price is $175k.

Broken Rule 4: The MB SLS EV is $550k. You'd have to trade 5 Model S's for it :)

Broken Rule 4: The if you can sell it and buy a Model S then it definitely costs more.

Mark K | July 8, 2013

There's no car more desirable even at twice the price.

jonlivesay | July 8, 2013

I would trade for 3 cheese burgers, a large order of fries, chocolate shake, a used economy car and put the remainder on number 24 on the first crap table I saw...

Nope, not even for that!

Xerogas | July 8, 2013

I would trade for an ocean-view house within walking distance of my work, a C-1 (see for longer drives, and plane tickets for longer trips.

Brian H | July 8, 2013

For how long? Eternity?

alohasara | July 8, 2013

I would trade my Model S for a job within walking distance of my house that pays more than my current job and the cash to spend on paying for said house that's within walking distance of said job...

BUT, I'd probably still be drooling over it and making plans to buy one next year...

NICE | July 8, 2013

SamoSam & GLO,
Rule 1: no trade backs

Broke rule 3: That's not really available, is it? Sign me up if it is. I'd need to get back to earth though. Preferably un-aged and still alive :)

Not according to "the king", but I completely agree. Even the panamera at twice the price doesn't interest me either.

Wow, all in huh? That's a heck of a gamble. Sure would be fun for that minute before the ball stops though!

Broke rules 3 & 4. You rebel. Where are you going to find an ocean view house for the price of your Model S? The C-1 is not available for purchase yet.

There is no time duration for the trade. You can do whatever with what you trade for. The trade can't be of greater value. You can't trade back like some have tried (after a year).

Cool plans but you can't buy a new one later. (rule 1)

olanmills | July 8, 2013

Yeah, why can't the answer be nothing? I mean really, if there was something I could trade my Model S for, and it's value can't exceed the Model S, then I would have chose that thing instead of the Model S.

To be honest, with the rules you set up, it's not that it's unfair, it just doesn't really make any sense.

It's like asking a kid to go into a toy store and pick out any single item for $100 or less, then as soon as he/she leaves the store, you ask, "Now what if you could trade it for any other thing in the same store for $100 or less?" Well of course he/she wouldn't really want anything else. He/she already got to pick exactly what he/she wanted the first time.

NomoDinos | July 8, 2013

Ok, well since I don't have mine yet, I'll go by the rules and tell you what I would trade to have it NOW:

My current car (already to be sacrificed), my family room flatscreen TV, my entire slush fund, all of my non weight-bearing left toes and the upper pole of my right kidney.

(and yes, for rule number three, all of these products would be available on the market for my brand-new P85 ;)

HenryT2 | July 8, 2013


I'm kinda attached to my toes, but I agree on the rest.

NomoDinos | July 8, 2013

@Henry - I didn't mention that my left toes are all wonky from one too many fractures.

HenryT2 | July 8, 2013


Not fair. The OP should add a rule for NO MANGLED BODY PARTS IN TRADE.

Besides, what's the going market rate for wonky toes, anyway?

electricblue0303 | July 8, 2013

A small pot o' gold. Preferably at the end of a rainbow with a leprechaun in tow.

sunnysailor | July 8, 2013

A trip to the international space station for a week. I get my Tesla back after.

RedShift | July 8, 2013

A trip at light speed to nearby solar systems. One way ticket is just fine, in case round trip is sold out.

kevonandmarion | July 8, 2013

You can have my tesla when you pry the wheel from my cold dead fingers

Brian H | July 8, 2013

Would that be after a car-diaccident arrest?

Captain_Zap | July 8, 2013

5. Nothing.

It took nearly a decade to find a car that I liked better than my last car. The Model S was the only car that could steal the show from my old gal. Manufacturers were just cranking out wimpier cars with more fluff and flash than substance.

I can't imagine anything that I would trade the Model S Sig P for. I felt the same way about my old car. My spouse was begging me to let the old gal go, her maintenance was getting really expensive. I couldn't stomach the thought until I set my eyes on the S Beta.

Many months later I got to test drive my car. I knew it had potential. The torque and responsiveness that I thought was irreplaceable was suddenly surpassed! Now, after over 7 months of adventures we have bonded. We will now be able to merge effortlessly for years to come.

NomoDinos | July 8, 2013

@Henry - I'm sorry, you're right. No fair trying to pass wooden toes.

@Brian - it hurts!

info | July 9, 2013

I've been interested in cars since the late 50's. I get 7 car magazines a month. Because I'm old and have a suit, when I walk into a car dealer they let me take a test drive in anything I'd like, and I take advantage of that fact. My friends kid me that I'm a salesman's worst nightmare---a guy who wants to drive but doesn't want to buy. When I get a car that I like, I continue to drive until I find something better. My last car was the best car ever made and I kept it 20 years, in spite of buying a couple of cars to replace it and finding they weren't as good as the old car. Finally the old car got so long in the tooth it was time to say good-bye. I desperately wanted a Bentley Continental GTC convertible.

Although I wasn't going to spend $200,000, you can find all you want with under $10,000 miles for between $100,000 and $120,000. I am bi-coastal and can take advantage of the winter blues in NYC and the Hamptons when people get rid of the convertible that they thought they'd love and didn't. In LA, we can take advantage of people who bought on a promise that didn't come true.

A couple of weeks ago I was in Palm Dessert and a guy in a triple black GTC pulled up next to me. Prior to my model S, I would have been envious. Now, I just felt sorry for him.

The short answer is I wouldn't trade the car for anything. I'm letting all my automag subscriptions lapse. I'm sure I'll have to leave this car to a grieving relative. (Who probably won't be grieving when he gets the car.)

Brian H | July 9, 2013

To an exultant relative? 8-p

George with SacEV | July 9, 2013

A Honda?

But the incoming HondaJet, IF I actually had a pilot license, but since I don't have that credential, I guess the Model S is as close, now, to THAT OTHER fantasy.

And this very morning was our first actual use of our multicoat red, 85kw standard, torch, air suspension, leather, upgrade sound, and dual charger Model S. it was delivered to our house 5 weeks ago and has been awaiting our return from my Spring semester Fulbright Scholar appointment in Warsaw, Poland.

NICE | July 9, 2013

Sorry for the hard rules. I had to set them so that we didn't get a ton of responses saying I'll buy another Tesla, I'll buy their stock, I'll trade for something more expensive and buy a Tesla, I'll trade for a teleport, etc.

Thanks for playing the game.

It proved the following points.
1. The Model S is their top choice of cars currently available
2. The owners are very satisfied with their purchase
3. There is no better product or comparable product for the price (possibly even twice the price)
4. We don't like rules and sometimes don't obey them. LOL

FranknWC | July 9, 2013

When my wife and I were first married (1971) we were strolling past a Porsche dealership. A walk after diner was the only entertainment we could afford at the time. The salesman came out and I quickly told him we could not afford a car like he was selling any time soon. He smiled and said to see him when we could.

My bride told me, 'Someday we would get one". You know how it is for most of us - a house, getting your child/ern through college etc. Needless to say we never did get one. But, after we had our test drive we ordered our 'S'. I told her I would never ask for a Porsche again. End of story.

July10Models | July 9, 2013

He is asking the questions to owners assuming they've had their car for a bit. Ask a kid if they want to go back to the toy store after playing with their new toy for a few hours and most kids would in a heart beat. So your analogy fail because of this. My car is six months old and has covered 8500 miles. There is no other vehicle that can replace it under the sun. They'll have to cut my cold dead fingers from the wheel.

Brian H | July 9, 2013

It long since would have been sufficient to mention you were returning from Warsaw without the credits and reasons.

RZitrin1 | July 9, 2013

Hard for me to believe that there are people who would trade their Tesla for an ICE vehicle!

RanjitC | July 9, 2013


ppape | July 9, 2013

I would trade it for a specificl job.

Personal Assistant to Elon Musk. Salary: $125,000 a year.

Being around a visionary of his caliber on a daily basis would likely provide the same level of joy and excitement as driving a model S. Duties would ofcourse include being his chauffeur. (Hmmm, wonder what kind of car I'd need to drive? )....... Just sayin........ Just doing my job.....

Jackie :-)

NICE | July 10, 2013

Ooh, me too, me too!

Hey Elon, I want to be Engineering Director of new car development. I have the credentials. All I ask for is competitive pay and a company car (a Tesla of course). You know how to reach me.

TikiMan | July 10, 2013

A nice home and retirement on the island of Kauai.