Tesla’s new maintenance plans cost more but include hardware upgrades

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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.


Source: Tesla via Electrek

  • brian_gilbert

    About time Tesla redesigned vehicle body for completely driverless. They should look at the shape of the vehicles used on the Heathrow and Masdar Personal Rapid Transit systems. (Look at them on Youtube.) Essentially it is the rear compartment of a limousine. Also allow for all vehicles being hired by the trip giving the customer a choice of interiors to suit the particular trip.

  • Matt

    Wouldn’t consider fluids, brake pads, fob batteries, and wiper blades as “hardware upgrades”. Are there other hardware items subject to upgrade discussed in the service plan? I just checked the Tesla website and it didn’t mention anything about the traction motor, or the battery, or power electronics, etc. That’s what I would consider vehicle hardware…

    • http://www.facebook.com/myevlife Cheap Guys And Their EV’s

      Agreed. I fail to see any “hardware upgrades” listed in this article.

      To me that’s anything that is not consumed, and can be improved over time (installation of sensors into reserved spaces and like you said traction equipment etc). Wiper blades and key batteries are not upgrades – they’re replacing consumable items.


  • Jim

    I agree, I wouldn’t classify replacing wiper blades and fob batteries as “hardware upgrades”. Not to mention, those only cost about $25 combined.

    Here’s the breakdown of services provided:

    Odd Years:
    Key fob battery replacement (set) = ~$5
    Multi-point inspection = $30
    Tire rotation (if needed) = ~$25
    Wheel alignment check (and adjustment, if needed) = ~$100
    Wiper blade set replacement = ~20

    Total: $180
    Tesla Charges: $550

    On even years:
    Same as odd years plus:
    Cabin air filter replacement: $10
    Brake fluid replacement: $70
    A/C desiccant bag replacement: $50

    Total: $310
    Tesla Charges: $825

    What’s sad is one of the big advantages of an electric car is the reduced maintenance. But Tesla eliminates that advantage by charging outrageous prices for services that aren’t really needed at this frequency and are mostly trivial. The pricing is in the realm of other high end vehicles, but the difference is those are gasoline engines that require much more maintenance. Tesla is charging the same amount for much less.

    Gasoline powered vehicles require that you do the scheduled maintenance in order to maintain the warranty. Tesla does not, which proves it is unnecessary. It’s just a way for them to generate more revenue.