Tesla Now Sells Used Model S EVs Online

May 02, 2015 10:09 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro

Tesla isn't just getting into the home battery business, the EV automaker has also started selling used Model S vehicles on its website.

The program, which Tesla launched last week, offers an extended, 4-year or 50,000-mile limited warranty on all used vehicles and should help the company continue its transformation into a legitimate luxury automaker.

Car shoppers can already find vehicles available on Tesla's site from owners who have recently upgraded to the new all-wheel-drive Model S, according to a report by The Wall-Street Journal.

The move is a smart one for Elon Musk and Tesla, who obviously realized that most people feel more comfortable buying a used car from a manufacturer. 

The good news doesn't end there. Tesla will also start leasing vehicles again sometime before the end of the year. When the first Teslas hit the market in mid-2012 they were available for leases that usually lasted about three years. 

So how does Tesla plan on storing all these vehicles? Since Tesla doesn't rely on independent dealers used cars will be kept "in groups around the country," which doesn't specifically mean a Tesla showroom, just a Tesla "location," according to The Wall-Street Journal.

Shoppers will be able to order a used ride and either pick up their new Tesla from a designated Tesla location or have it delivered directly to their home.

We're not sure yet how much Tesla will actually profit from its latest program but one thing seems to be clear: Musk really wants to keep as many Teslas on the road for as long as possible. 

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