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demaw

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Hi all, I'm hoping to get my Tesla 3 2021 car soon and I'm looking at the Tesla shop and going to purchase a few things like a Screen protector, Glass roof sunshade front and rear, Centre Console Trays, Mud Flaps, Aero wheel cap kit, carpet front trunk mat, rear trunk mat, Model 3 Key Fob.
I found some sites like Tessories and Tesloz and wondering if you guys have purchased off them and if so, were the products just as good and top quality etc.
An example is the roof sunshades are $250 off the Shop and around $100 or so with these other companies. I'm happy to buy off the Shop but just seeing if I can save a few sneaky dollars still. I don't want to compromise too much on quality.

Is the charging on the left hand side of the car with the 2021 3 series?

Most things I'm buying are pretty standard but has anyone bought the screen protector and the sunshades and are they worth while?
 
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Onshore

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I’d skip the fob and screen “protector”.


Consider Sunshades only if you regularly park out in full midday summer sun.

Tessories are a reliable online vendor. Haven’t used the other one.
 
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Flatbat

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Most of the accessories I pre bought I never use. Mud Flaps are still in the box after two years. I decided they spoil cars look & yet my car is filthy and covered in mud. With mud flaps it would still be filthy and covered with mud. Roof shade I bought and have used once in 36,000kms. Not needed. As @Onshore says skip the fob and screen “protector”. Bought a type 2 adaptor. Have never used it. Things I bought and use were the aero wheel kit and a usb charge hub and wireless phone dock which they car did not ship with in 2019. I got carried away in my excitement and wasted money buying stuff I did not need.

Charging is on the left
 
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Onshore

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Interesting, I was under the impression the screen protectors were good for preventing/reducing fingerprint marks?

Fingerprint marks just move to the “protector”.

They reduce clarity and responsiveness and don’t offer any protection from a major event that would actually damage the screen.

it’s not a phone - it can’t be dropped down a flight of concrete stairs.
 
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positiv

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I recommend the sunshade. Makes a big difference to the top of your head.
The standard one does the job, but the quality isn't particularly outstanding. I'd try a generic one next time if the cost is significantly less.
 
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CAM3RON

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I have bought a few things from Tessories and always been impressed with quality, communication and delivery speed.

The sunshade I got from them fits fairly well, and was a good option for me, as my car is parked in an uncovered parking lot at work and during summer the cabin gets very hot.
 
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cafz

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I recommend the sunshade (I got the Tesla shop ones). I put them in mid-Spring and take them out again late Autumn.

A windscreen shade is also a good idea if you park in the sun a lot, just to keep that direct sun off the wheel and screen if nothing else. I had to get a third-party one - the quality wasn't outstanding, but it does the job and was cheap enough that I don't mind replacing it when necessary.
 
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paulp

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Wait until you have the car and see what issues you face. As you can see from above there are lots of opinions all based on valid experiences. If its a city car you likely wont use mudflaps. I’ve never used my roof shade because I prefer to leave climate on when parked out in the sun, which usually isnt for long. Might be different if parked all day. Never needed it when driving, but if you live or drive in the middle of aust you may well need it. Some people have oilier fingers than others, so you may or may not need the screen protector. If its a city car and you dont have people with grubby feet in your car you may not needs maps, and if you dont travel with the car a lot you’ll just charge at home so no need for any charging accessories. Only you know your lifestryle and car use, so buy whay you know you’ll need now, and if not sure, just wait.
Invest in some good cleaning products though, especially the bits that touch the paint. You cant get good products at supercheap auto. Go with a good online specialist.
 

Flatbat

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.. If its a city car you likely wont use mudflaps. ..
..and if it is a country car mudflaps will not prevent all of this. Will just improve it somewhat. Mud flapped cars on our roads are still filthy.

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I agree, wait until you have the car and see what issues you face.
 
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paulp

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..and if it is a country car mudflaps will not prevent all of this. Will just improve it somewhat. Mud flapped cars on our roads are still filthy.

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I agree, wait until you have the car and see what issues you face.
After seeing that pic I no longer feel guilty about not cleaning my car enough
 

muddie

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I recommend looking on AliExpress for most things. Most of the stuff on the websites you mentioned comes from the same suppliers in China that goes up on AliExpress and you save a heap of money. But like previously mentioned you can go overboard. I was so impatient waiting for my delivery that I kept buying accessories so things would be arriving while I waited. Some of it I never used because I realised once I had the car that it did need it or I liked the stock thing better.
 
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Vostok

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Hi all, I'm hoping to get my Tesla 3 2021 car soon and I'm looking at the Tesla shop and going to purchase a few things like a Screen protector, Glass roof sunshade front and rear, Centre Console Trays, Mud Flaps, Aero wheel cap kit, carpet front trunk mat, rear trunk mat, Model 3 Key Fob.
I didn’t get a lot of accessories, the ones I did get were from AbstractOcean, AliExpress or Tesla.

I got mudflaps from AliExpress and really like them. East to fit, I think they make the car look better (less ‘naked’) and work well. They haven’t affected efficiency as far as I can tell.

I got a console wrap from AbstractOcean (the original consoles were shiny piano black and dust/fingerprint magnets) but I think the new consoles don’t need wrapping. I haven’t bothered with any trays, the only things in my console are tissues, hand sanitiser, and a backup RFID card for Chargefox.

I purchased a barrel J-1772 adapter from AliExpress. I haven’t used it but it gives me peace of mind.

I got a frunk mat from Tesla, I didn’t like the bare plastic. My 2020 LR came with Tesla floormats which are fine. I haven’t bothered with a boot mat but I never carry anything mucky and if I did I’d just use old sheets.

I also got the Tesla tyre pump that also has the repair goop. I use it a reasonable amount to not just reinflate the tyres periodically, but to pump up the tyres on my bicycles and my Nissan LEAF.

I didn’t purchase a screen protector. Hasn’t been an issue for me, and there’s a microfibre cloth in the glovebox if needed.

I haven’t purchased any window or roof shades (but did get the side windows tinted). My car is not parked in full sun often. When driving for a while in full sun the glass roof gets very, very hot, but I’m of average height and have a head full of hair, so I don’t feel the heat on my head, even on road trips.

I was convinced I’d buy a fob for my car before I got it, but since then have never felt I needed one. The Phone App works 99% of the time for me, I have the Tesla keycard in my wallet as a backup and on a couple of occasions needed it to get in the car after (for some unknown reason) the car ’forgot’ my phone and wouldn’t open the doors.
 

Onshore

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I was convinced I’d buy a fob for my car before I got it, but since then have never felt I needed one.
The fob is something I think those coming from legacy auto “think” they need.

With digital DL and Apple Pay, I rarely carry my wallet or key ring these days. Just the phone.

Agree with you, in practice I’ve
felt the need. OP I would see how you go without it before buying one.
 

Leeroy

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I like everyone, went a little crazy on accessories (although no mudflaps 😂)
I’ve used tessories for many small items (roof shades/nag reducer/Jack pads etc and found their stuff great, usually at a reasonable reduction from Tesla prices.
I’ve also used battery expert of all places for the trunk/frunk/toolbox Mats which all fit perfectly.
By far my fav accessory was the power frunk kit, I use the frunk a lot more than I used to after installing it. Unfortunately not stocked at any of the places mentioned though.
 

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