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Watch This To Find Out If The Model Y Is The Right Tesla For You

You have options, and Ben Sullins lays them out.

It wasn’t too long ago that if you wanted a Tesla, it meant you were probably getting a Model S. Then in 2016 the Model X became available, followed two years later by the Model 3, and now two years later we have the Model Y. While it might be an instinct to want to get the latest, greatest and newest Tesla available, that might not actually be the right decision for you. 

In the video above, Ben Sullins of Teslanomics takes a close look at the Model Y and explains some of the advantages it has over its Model 3 sibling.

Sullins then suggests that a used Model S might offer similar utility as the Model Y and potentially save you some dough. He then looks at the list of used Model S on Tesla’s website. He pulls up some really nice, low-mileage Model S that could be had for much less than the new Model Y.

Might a used Tesla Model S be worth considering over a new Model Y?

While you might expect a used car to have a lower price than a new one, you have to consider that these Model S all cost a lot more when they were new than the Model Y does now, so you really can score a very good deal if you know what to look for. 

Sullins also points out that you should consider that some of the early Model S didn’t have autopilot, so don’t assume the vehicle has autopilot when shopping for used Model S.

Another thing to consider that Sullins didn’t bring up is that now that Tesla’s federal tax credits have been completely phased out. Therefore, there’s no federal financial incentive for buying a new Tesla. However, some states do offer rebates for buying new EVs, so you should make sure you know what state incentives you might qualify for before you make a buying decision. 

Is Sullins right to recommend people consider getting a used Model S over a new Model Y? Would you cross-shop a new Y with a used S? Check out the video and let us know what you think.

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Find of the Day Supplemental: 16V GLI Trophy with Only 13,000 Miles

First, the bad news. This mint 1989 Jetta GLI Trophy Edition is located in Canada. Thanks to a certain c-word virus, American readers are physically prevented from getting to it right now. But given the current situation, I’m sure you could work something out with the dealership.

The good news is that despite being sold in Montreal and currently living outside of Toronto, Canada’s salt appears not to have affected this car in the least. Rust is hard to spot if there is any and the interior appears to be in as good shape as the exterior.

The close-ups show a nick or two on the trim, but it’s kind of stuff you could have reasonably missed at the dealership in 1989, never mind 2020.

The Trophy trim means that it comes in Midnight Blue with black bumpers and trim, as well as a front air dam and some plastic fender flares. It also comes with “Trophy” decals on the rear quarter and Wolfsburg fender badges. The 15-inch BBS rims are factory and cover disc brakes all around. It was powered by VW’s 16-valve 1.8 liter engine and made 123 hp from the factory that runs through a five-speed manual transmission.

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Barn Find 1957 Chevy Wagon Parked for 35 Years

Ever wondered what it would look like if a pristine one-owner 1957 Chevy were parked in a barn for 35 years? Wonder no more. This 1957 Chevy 210 Townsman wagon was driven into a barn in 1985 and hadn’t moved until February 2020. What’s even cooler—spoiler alert—it only took a single day’s work to get this barn find Tri-Five wagon 100 percent roadworthy once again.

All right, let’s get back to square one with this amazing story. The new owner of the ’57 Chevy is Danny Rathe of Rapid City, South Dakota. Danny is a small-town car dealer who specializes in older classics, collectibles, and hot rods and, as such, he has some connections in the area. One of his connections is Greg Wick, who had a client trying to sell his father-in-law Donald Russell’s 40-acre property after his passing.

“My friend Greg called to see if I was interested in looking at the vehicles needing removal from the property in order to close with the new owners,” said Danny. Of course, he had to go check it out. They drove out to the property with Donald’s son-in-law, Neil, and a couple of Danny’s buddies, Brett Sargent and Cody Peterka, who run a local restoration and hot rod shop called Sargent Garage.


“There was a red gate locked and shut that Neil opened,” Danny began. “We then walked a couple hundred yards down a rutted easement between two barbed wire fences, into a field at the base of a beautiful tree-filled hillside. We seen the old barn in the distance with a couple cars under a lean-to roof on the side of the barn.” Those ended up being a 1977 Chevy El Camino and a 1952 Buick Special, and behind them a 1937 Ford ½-ton truck and a 1961 Apache pop-up camper. Then Neil slid open the barn doors. There were even more cars inside including a 1965 Buick Wildcat and a two-door 1975 LeSabre, but then Danny saw the 1957 Chevy wagon. “Next to those we seen the ’57 front end…we got excited.” Continuing on, Danny said, “The cars have been in the barn since 1985. Don was in the United States Air Force. He and his family lived in Rapid City, and he had bought the wagon new from Rapid Chevrolet.”

After that day they had seen all they needed to see ,so Danny made a call to Neil to make an offer. “We knew we wanted the wagon and would make a run at all of them in order to help the family liquidate in time for closing.” His offer was accepted. “I met Neil at his office in Rapid City. I paid him and was in shock to get original titles for most cars,” said Danny, “including the 1957 Chevy 210 Townsman V8 car.” The car was also an original three-on-the-tree manual with overdrive, according to Danny.

That Saturday they headed back out to recover the 1957 Chevy wagon. After moving a couple of the other cars, Danny said, “We finally got our first good look at the wagon. It was a beautiful, rust-free ’57 in black and white.”

This wasn’t Danny’s first experience with the Tri-Five, though. “I had heard of this car,” he told us. “No one ever knew where it was or how to buy it except for some guys that had lowballed the old man years prior and refused to give the car’s location after getting turned down.”

After finally pulling the wagon out of the barn and into the sun for the first time in 35 years, they were all elated. “The excitement grew into high-fives and hell-yeahs.” That night they trailered the 1957 Chevy to the shop, ready to go to work on it Sunday morning.

The process of getting the ol’ wagon running and driving was literally this easy: “We drained all fluids, pulled gas tank, blew out fuel lines, changed oil, trans, and rear end fluids. Pulled wheels and ran to Walmart—only place to get 14-inch tires on a Sunday—got a battery, carb cleaner, Sea Foam, tires, and bug bombs. Got back to shop, checked brakes, bearings on hubs, put car back together, and set it on the ground. After pulling the top off the two-barrel carb to free the check ball and allow fuel to flow, we hooked a gas can to the fuel pump, poured a prime down the carb, and the 35-year sleep was over! She fired up and blew the cobwebs from the tailpipe—literally. 35 years in the barn and 24 hours after it reaching the shop, I was driving a one-owner, original titled, ’57!”

As Danny continued to learn more about the 1957 Chevy 210, he found out that its original owner, Don, had used it back in his college days. It had taken him from South Dakota to California and back, towing the 1961 Apache camper. The car was mostly original except for a single repaint in the ’70s. It also still has its original V-8.

Toward the end of our correspondence, Danny said, “Sorry for the long email, we just really wanted to share a one-owner-car. I hope this story is worthy of a read—I know we are truly excited to share it.”

Danny, if there’s one thing you should never be sorry about, it is sharing an amazing story of something as cool as a 1957 Chevy 210 barn find that is finally hitting the road again after 35 long years.

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Europe: ICE Cars Find Themselves Between The Hammer And The Anvil

ICE segment is fading in Europe and even hybrids are unable to keep up the pace with plug-ins.

The conventional diesel and gasoline car market in Europe in now between the hammer and the anvil, as consumers buy fewer passenger cars and their interest is now more towards electrified models.

According to data provided by JATO Dynamics, January 2020 brought a 7.6% year-over-year decline of new passenger car registrations in Europe, to 1,138,057. That’s the average, as diesel and gasoline car demand decreased by 17% and 12%, respectively.

On the other hand, electrified cars (including hybrids) took a double-digit market share in 19 markets and are growing.

“In fact, electrified vehicles provided the only driver of growth for the market in January. They posted a record in volume and market share due to increasing incentives for consumers, greater awareness about the benefits of electrified vehicles, and the growing concern about diesel and petrol cars.”

Sales of xEVs (BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs) in 27-markets increased by 72% year-over-year to 150,100. The market share was 13.3%, compared to 7.1% year ago.

Plug-in car sales in Europe (21-markets) – January 2020

Data for the 21-markets indicate that plug-ins are now bigger segment than regular hybrids:

“All EV types contributed to growth as Hybrids (HEV) increased their volume by 36%, pure electric (BEV) by 91% and plug-in hybrids (PHEV) by 173%. For the first time, the hybrids counted for less than half of total EV registrations. Munoz commented: “Europe demonstrated that the widespread adoption of EVs is increasingly feasible, and will become a likely reality once the cars become more affordable”.”

“The penetration of EVs in each market highlights the outstanding performance of these vehicles. They made up 77% of total car registrations in Norway, 38% in Sweden and 28% in Finland. Among the big markets, EVs counted for almost 19% in France, 14% in the UK, 12% in Spain, 10% in Germany and 8% in Italy. By brand, these cars represented an important part of the volume registered by Smart (96%), Lexus and Toyota (95% and 66% respectively), DS (42%), Suzuki (41%) and Land Rover (37%). In contrast to this, they made up a significantly smaller proportion of the volume by registered by Citroen (1.4%), Seat (1.4%), Ford (3.3%), Opel (3.9%), Skoda (4%) and Volkswagen (5%).”

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