I'm having a hard time figuring out whether I should buy a service plan, and if so,
which one. I'm the kind of guy who's fine with paying for things if something goes
wrong - I never add insurance for rental cars, for example. So I'm trying to
determine if $600 makes financial sense. I'm leaning toward either trying it for a
year, or doing nothing. I have two weeks to decide. For what it's worth, I drive
around 12000 miles/year, and I'm within 15 miles of a service center.
Tesla Service includes:
- Annual inspection (or every 12,500 miles)
- Replacement parts like brake pads and windshield wipers (excluding tires)
- 24 hour roadside assistance
- System monitoring
- Remote diagnostics
- Hardware upgrades
- Can I just go to a Tesla store and pay for an inspection/checkup? What would that cost?
- Same thing for stuff like brake pads and wipers, etc. What about tires?
- I assume if something goes wrong out on the road, I call Tesla (at what number?), and
without a service plan I pay for the visit. Not sure how all this works in the new world.
- Dumb question: Without a service plan, I still get software updates over the air, right? Saw a line or two that cast doubt on that, but seems unlikely. Car tried to update last night and failed.
- What do I risk if I lack system monitoring and remote diagnostics?
- What are "hardware upgrades"? Can those be done outside of a service plan?
Thanks for any info on this. Love my Model S, even if it's smarter than I am.
[cross-posted to teslamotors and teslamotorsclub, apologies if you read both]
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