Can You Take A Tesla To A Mechanic?
Jul 29,2022 | Chloe Lacour
Tesla encourages all of its customers to have their vehicles serviced directly at a Tesla Service Center. But can I also take my Tesla to a general mechanic?
Yes, you can take a Tesla to a mechanic. However, taking your Tesla to a non-Tesla workshop for repair or service may void your warranty. So if something goes wrong, you're no longer covered by the Tesla warranty, which is 4 years for the body and 8 years for the battery.
Another problem with taking your Tesla to a garage is that the garage may not have the right parts to repair your vehicle. Most Tesla parts that are not used by Tesla workshops or mechanics are from previous Tesla vehicles. That's because Tesla has a complete monopoly on spare parts and there are no spare parts in the aftermarket.
Also, while non-Tesla garages or general mechanics can repair a Tesla, they are not able to fix all problems on a Tesla. So while third-party garages can perform most body repairs, they cannot do the internal motor, and internal battery, install new firmware, replace the touch screen, and program the keys.
So if your Tesla has a major problem unrelated to the body, you will need to take it to a Tesla Service Center. That's mainly because general technicians don't have the skills and equipment needed to troubleshoot Tesla's technical issues. In addition, most of them are unfamiliar with electrical systems and networked computer systems.
So if you make the mistake of taking your Tesla to a general mechanic to have the electrical or computer system fixed, you could damage your car and void the warranty. Also, the process can be more expensive than visiting a Tesla Center and can take longer.
What are the benefits of taking your Tesla to the workshop?
The first advantage of a Tesla workshop is that you don't have to wait months or even a year for your vehicle to be repaired. General mechanics or third-party garages will work on your car faster than a Tesla garage.
Aside from taking less time to repair your vehicle, third-party repair shops are also cheaper compared to Tesla service centers. A simple tire spin will cost around $50 at an independent shop versus $100 at a Tesla service center. So you will save quite a bit of money.
Why should you have your car repaired by a Tesla technician and not a regular mechanic?
Tesla technicians have more experience handling Teslas than non-Tesla technicians. Also, they are equipped with the right tools and equipment to properly diagnose your vehicle's problems. And finally, you don't risk voiding the warranty because it's a Tesla technician if something goes wrong.
What is Tesla doing to improve its repair and maintenance services?
Tesla is constantly expanding its service centers to reduce waiting time and bring service closer to the customer. Tesla also offers many service options, such as roadside assistance, over-the-air updates, remote diagnostics, and SmartAlerts.
First and foremost, over-the-air updates improve vehicle performance and minimize trips to a Tesla service center. On the other hand, remote diagnostics will help you diagnose a problem with your vehicle and figure out what repair/maintenance is needed. Last but not least, SmartAlerts guide you through a simple repair or connects you to a service team.
What happens if you don't take your Tesla to a Tesla Service Center?
If you choose to have your Tesla repaired by an independent mechanic or workshop, you risk voiding your warranty. This means that in the event of a defect, Tesla will not be held responsible for any damage or failure that your vehicle may develop in the future.
Is Tesla expensive to repair?
Yes, Teslas are expensive to repair. This is normal because Tesla is a luxury car like Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, and Audi. Besides, it also depends on the problem your car has. When it comes to regular service and maintenance, Tesla is quite cheap. But if the problem is serious, then repairing it will be expensive.
Can I work on my Tesla?
Yes, of course. Working on a Tesla is made easier with features like SmartAlerts and the owner's manual. All you have to do is follow the instructions carefully so you don't make any mistakes. Also, you should do the maintenance yourself if you are able to. In fact, most basic maintenance on a Tesla can be performed by Tesla owners. All you have to do is follow the instructions.
Are there any problems at Tesla?
No, Tesla is among the most reliable luxury cars on the market. Still, there are some common issues with Tesla that buyers should be prepared for. Incidentally, most Tesla issues are quality issues and not reliability issues. Some of the most common Tesla problems are uneven gaps, paint defects, and rust.
What happens when your Tesla tire blows out in the middle of nowhere?
First of all, you should request roadside assistance through the Tesla app. If roadside assistance is not within reach, you may need to call AAA or visit the nearest garage to have the wheel repaired or replaced if you have a spare wheel with you.
If you've been wondering whether you can take a Tesla to a mechanic, the answer is yes. Although Tesla encourages customers to have their vehicles serviced, repaired, or serviced at a Tesla Service Center near you, a third-party garage or mechanic can also repair and service a Tesla.
The only challenge is that third-party repair shops don't have the equipment or skills that Tesla centers do. Also, the mechanics can't fix everything because Tesla's electrical and computer systems are very complicated. If the mechanic makes a mistake, your warranty will be void.