This has bugged me for a long time. The federal $7500 tax credit is a credit to your taxes. It goes against taxes you have paid. When calculating the value of a trade-in vehicle, tesla by default removes that $7500 from the value of the car effectively absorbing the tax credit for themselves. Not everyone who purchases the vehicle receive the credit and even if they did they paid upwards of $10,000 in taxes on the vehicle depending on where they live. The taxes paid don't add to the value to the car so why should a tax credit be removed from the value of the car?
Even when they post the tax credit in the vehicle configuration creating a "effective cost" for the car, that conveniently leaves out the actual taxes you are paying for the vehicle but yet the assigns the credit as a discount on the car itself which is not the case.
This has always been something I have thought was fundamentally unfair. I'm curious as to what your thoughts are on the subject