Tesla’s Disservice Service Plan
A Reddit post this morning titled “A Repair Would Cost $16,000 at Tesla: the Electrified Garage Did It for $700” by Reddit member u/worriedpast grabbed my attention not only because I find All-Things-Tesla fascinating, but also because I like to repair my vehicles and pass on information to consumers how they can save money with their used cars.
The Reddit post provided a link to the “autoevolution.com" website, which provides some rather creatively written content about vehicles that is informative as well as entertaining. In particular, the linked website article made a good point of what some see as Tesla’s disservice service plan for its customers:
“The bottom line is that Tesla Service Centers do not perform part replacements, just assembly replacements. In other words, if something small breaks or has to be replaced, they replace the whole module that includes it.”
While this kind of service is good for the company and its stockholders, it can lead to some seriously high repair bills by a Tesla Service Center when something goes wrong with their Tesla.
Tesla Owners Get Repair Bill Shock
One case in point was a referenced article posted in the popular website CleanTechnica on May 2, 2021 about one journalist’s test drive in a Tesla with her family including the family dog that resulted in a dog vomit in the seat buckle issue that put the journalist at risk of having to cough up big bucks to replace not just the seat buckle, but the entire second row seat assembly!
More directly referenced in the Reddit post, however, was an example of at least one Tesla owner who saved thousands of dollars by avoiding his given Tesla Service Center advice and instead, went to “The Electrified Garage” (The First Ground-up Tesla and EV-Only Repair and Customization Facility) where a much less expensive and sensible solution was found---an actual repair rather than replacement.
Without giving away too much more information of the who, what, where, why and how of this Tesla owner’s experience, here’s a video from the YouTube Channel “Rich Rebuilds” that discusses the problems some Tesla customers face when things go wrong with their Tesla.
Be forewarned, this video is not exactly Tesla-friendly and is filled with some level of self-promotion, but there’s no denying it is entertaining and informative. Plus, you get to see what exactly was repaired and how by a non-Tesla, Tesla repair service.
Tesla wanted $16,000 to fix this NEW Model 3, we did it for $700! The importance of Right to REPAIR!
How Tesla does business is Tesla’s business…to a point. Which brings us to an important question (or two or three or…): Has our throwaway society now moved into the automotive world because of the EV revolution? And, is the RIGHT TO REPAIR something we should be concerned about?
We would like to hear your thoughts. Please respond in the comments section below and let us know (especially if you own a Tesla) what you think of this video and the message it sends.
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Timothy Boyer is Torque News Tesla and EV reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily Tesla and electric vehicle news.