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Body Shop Needs $100k in new equipment to become Tesla Authorized

Discussion in 'Tesla, Inc.' started by RobStark, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. RobStark

    RobStark Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Los Angeles
    According to Green Car Reports

    Like other high-end aluminum car manufacturers—Audi, Jaguar, and Range Rover among them—Tesla requires substantial factory training and specialized equipment for its authorized body shops.

    Peotter(Body Shop Owner) says he was required to buy about $100,000 in additional equipment and tools to become a Tesla-authorized shop—in addition to equipment he already had in the shop to work on aluminum Jaguars.

    He had to buy a special cradle to drop out the half-ton Tesla battery, for instance, in case structural repairs required its removal.

    The Tesla factory training class lasts fully three weeks; according to Peotter, it is more in-depth and more intensive than Jaguar’s. It’s also more expensive for the shop.

    As a result of these higher training and equipment costs, Peotter’s shop rate for Teslas is higher than its Jaguar aluminum rates--and nearly double the rate of a standard car.

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