Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
Tesla Service Cars JRR | CleanTechnica
Tesla service cars. Photo by JRR, CleanTechnica.

Cars

Tesla Service — Nothing Much To Do

That’s what the service technician said when he arrived at my house to do the requested end-of-warranty check. I was concerned that after leaving warranty something might go wrong and I would end up with a big bill (been there, done that, with other vehicles). So, I thought the quoted AUD$200 was a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Tess is not a new car anymore. Over the past 2 and half years, we have done over 75,000 km. In fact, compared to the new models coming out from Shanghai, she is pretty much an antique. I tell people that EVs are like laptops, the technology is moving very fast — “Tesla speed” perhaps. Thank goodness for over-the-air updates.

The car hasn’t had any regular servicing, like my fossil-fueled cars had to have. A few things have gone wrong and have been fixed under warranty. I asked the technician if he is doing a lot of these checks, and he said no – “There’s nothing much to do.” He listed what he normally does: rotating the tyres, changing the air-conditioning filters, checking the brake fluid. “What,” I said “no oil, filters, rings and bearings?” I hope he appreciated the joke.

Nothing much to do

Technician’s Model 3 boot with tools for mobile servicing. Photo by David Waterworth.

We had got him to change the AC filters some time back, as the Queensland humid summer had led to a bit of a moldy scent in the car, and we had had new tyres fitted before that. So, there was even less to do. He did change the windscreen wipers and checked the brake fluid. The bill came down to $120.

At a recent Expo event, my eagle-eyed wife had noticed that the dash décor strip was starting to deteriorate.

Nothing much to do

Dash décor strip deterioration. Photo by David Waterworth.

Also, when she washed the car, she found that both rear wheel arch inserts had some damage. So, an appointment has been booked for these to be replaced at home in our garage — still under warranty.

Nothing much to do

Rear wheel arch insert torn. Photo by David Waterworth.

Can’t beat that Tesla service. And he was right — there was nothing much to do.

 

Advertisement
 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

David Waterworth is a retired teacher who divides his time between looking after his grandchildren and trying to make sure they have a planet to live on. He is long on Tesla [NASDAQ:TSLA].

Comments

You May Also Like

Autonomous Vehicles

I’ve been testing Tesla’s FSD Beta obsessively for 175 days in Utah and California metropolitan areas, and now in rural Northern Wisconsin and on...

Cars

Goodyear is testing its airless tires on a Tesla Model 3, and they’re reportedly doing pretty well, according to this video from Mashable. The...

Cars

Tesla is both an automotive and technology company all wrapped into one. That said, the hardware (and software) change and evolve over time. Just like computers or...

Cars

BYD achieves record month in Covid-disrupted market Plugin vehicles continue to be all the rage in the Chinese auto market. Despite the overall market...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.