EVs may require less maintenance than legacy vehicles, but cars will be cars, so it’s still prudent to keep up with regular scheduled maintenance. Especially for the affluent sorts who can afford to drive Teslas, it may make more sense to pay for a plan up front than to risk losing valuable time to a breakdown.
That’s why, like all automakers, Tesla offers maintenance plans. You can of course pay for the recommended annual inspection on a year-to-year basis, but Tesla offers a package deal if you pay up front for a 3-year or 4-year plan.
The company has just updated its range of available plans. The new plans are more expensive, but offer more services, including hardware upgrades.
The company has also extended the grace period for buying a service plan, to 12 months or 12,500 miles after delivery of both new and pre-owned vehicles. Pricing depends on the model.
Here’s the official word:
Unlike gasoline cars, Tesla vehicles require no traditional oil changes, fuel filter, spark plug replacements, or emission checks. As an electric vehicle, even brake pad replacements are rare because regenerative braking returns energy to the battery, significantly reducing wear on brakes. Our inspections instead focus on checking wheel alignment and tire condition, assessing replacement parts like key fob batteries and windshield wiper blades, and installing the latest software update. Tesla recommends an annual service inspection every year or 12,500 miles, whichever occurs first, to maintain your vehicle to top performance standards.
Advanced payment of annual service inspections via a Maintenance Plan is the most economical means of maintaining your vehicle.