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Tesla FSD Transfer Conditions Have Been Released, and They're Not Pretty

Elon Musk announced that Tesla owners could transfer FSD to a new vehicle for a limited period. The first contracts have been signed, but the terms are very restrictive and would not allow selling the new car with FSD activated.
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The Teslasphere was in shock on Wednesday when Elon Musk announced the possibility of transferring the FSD to a new car. Owners have asked for this for a long time, many clinging to their old cars instead of replacing them. The reason was that they did not want to pay again for the Full Self Driving capability, a $15,000 purchase. Musk did not offer details other than this would be a one-time-only offer that expires at the end of September.

It looks like Tesla was already prepared with the contracts because people could already transfer FSD on Thursday. By then, many had already thought about how to best take advantage of the transfer offer, sometimes by finding loopholes in the contract. It looks like Tesla thought of this, too, because the terms are air-tight. After people published the conditions on social media, it became clear that Tesla's offer was rather poisonous.

For once, the transfer can only be made on a new vehicle delivered by September 30, whereas all the new launches are scheduled in the fourth quarter. This rules out replacing the old vehicle with a refreshed Tesla Model 3 or a Cybertruck. The terms are also stricter than what Musk said during the earnings call, mandating the new cars to be delivered instead of ordered by September 30. The contract has many limitations, and you have a lot to lose if you move forward with transferring FSD.

Once you sign the contract, FSD deactivates on your existing vehicle up to one week before delivery. This is non-reversible, so if something goes wrong with the delivery, you're screwed. If you cancel your delivery or reject the new car at delivery for whatever reason, FSD is lost forever, and you must pay again. If this didn't put you off already, there's another condition that should be taken into consideration before signing the contract.

Unlike vehicles bought new with FSD, which can be sold with the capability activated to a new owner, those with a transferred FSD cannot. The FSD is deactivated when the vehicle is sold privately, so FSD loses all its value. "The Full Self-Driving capability can only be transferred once and so cannot be transferred to another vehicle or to another person even if the vehicle is privately sold," reads the contract. Tesla staff has already confirmed this to those who considered signing the contract.

If you thought you could buy a used FSD-enabled vehicle and transfer FSD capability to a new car, tough luck, you can't. Tesla excluded used vehicles from this offer, so you can only transfer FSD if you bought the car new. On the bright side, you don't need to trade in your current vehicle to benefit from this offer. You can keep it or sell it, that's up to you, but either way, it will lose access to FSD as it is transferred to the new Tesla.

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About the author: Cristian Agatie
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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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