What You Need to Know Before Buying a Tesla: Parts, Service, and Other Considerations
Exploring the Potential of Owning a Tesla: Parts and Service Considerations
After experiencing a car crash that left their Honda Odyssey totaled, a couple is considering purchasing a Tesla Model Y. The potential new owner is curious about the quality of parts and service for Teslas, particularly after a crash. In this blog post, we'll explore some insights from Tesla owners on these topics.
Parts and Service Challenges
One common theme among Tesla owners is that parts and service can be challenging to obtain. However, many have also reported that they haven't needed to visit a service center in years. One owner shared that they last visited a service center in 2020 to replace their windshield due to rock damage.
Another challenge with repairs after a crash is that if the battery is damaged at all, it will likely need to be replaced entirely. Additionally, repair shops may not straighten frames in extreme impacts anymore, as insurance companies often deem such repairs too costly compared to the diminished value of the car after the repair.
Tesla Body Shops
While there are no official "Tesla body shops," Tesla does have certified collision centers that specialize in repairing Teslas. These centers use genuine Tesla parts and have technicians trained specifically for working on Teslas. Some owners have reported positive experiences with these centers, while others have had issues with long wait times or difficulty getting appointments.
Fire Safety Concerns
One concern that has been sensationalized by the media is the risk of Teslas catching fire. However, data shows that Teslas are actually much less likely to catch fire than cars in general. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation, there is one vehicle fire for every 19 million miles traveled in the United States. By comparison, there has been approximately one Tesla vehicle fire for every 210 million miles traveled from 2012-2021.
Another consideration when owning a Tesla is charging time. While charging times vary depending on the voltage used, it's important to note that charging a Tesla takes longer than filling up a gas tank. For example, if someone drives an average of 64 miles per day, it could take anywhere from 2-3 hours per day to fully charge their Tesla using level 2 voltage (208-250 volts).
Finally, some owners have noted tire noise as an issue with certain models of Teslas. Specifically, low profile tires can create more road noise than larger tires. Owners recommend opting for 18" wheels instead of 20" or 22" if road noise is a concern.
Overall, owning a Tesla comes with its own unique set of challenges and considerations when it comes to parts and service after a crash, charging time, and tire noise. While there may be some difficulties associated with owning a Tesla, many owners report being satisfied with their purchase overall. Ultimately, each individual should weigh these factors against their personal needs and preferences before making a decision about whether or not to purchase a Tesla.