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Hawaii - Pre-paid Service Plans

Discussion in 'Hawaii' started by solar powered, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. solar powered

    solar powered Member

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    I have 7 more days to decide and would appreciate the input from our local group. I realize that this has been discussed before, but curious as to whether any of you have had any thoughts after having the car awhile. I anticipate that I will be a low mileage driver, 5,000-6,000 miles per year. I have several "failed roads" in my neighborhood that I do my best to avoid. nanimac posted this link previously of what is included in the annual service: Model S Annual Service Checklist. It doesn't look like much, but the plans do include annual wheel alignment, rotation each 6,000 mi or 6 months and in years 5 - 8, extends the period of free roadside assistance. Note that there is a one time free rotation at 6,000 mi or 6 months that comes with the base purchase of the car, independent of whether you have a service plan.
    One potentially valuable benefit would be wheel alignment. I used to realign my old car annually because I have bad roads and my old car wasn't very good. How frequently did you align yours?
    I considered taking it in for service every 2 years at $600/visit. If I had to realign it in between, that might cost about $90, but I've been told that different specialists may align the vehicle differently. Barry said that it wouldn't be good if Tesla had to undo someone else's work. If I brought it to Tesla without a service plan, Barry said about 1.5 hrs x $150/hr = $225 for alignment. Not sure how much a shop would charge to rotate the factory tires. If done at Tesla, it would probably be at least 1/2 hr = $75. When I am on my second set, the tire shop should be able to rotate them. So first 4 years would cost ($225 + $75) + $600 + ($225 + $75) +$600 = $1900, same as the cost for the 4 yr service plan.
    If I get the plus 4 package for years 5 - 8, the inclusion of roadside assistance would save having to add me to my wife's AAA membership. I am currently in favor of getting the 4 + 4 yr plan. I realize that not everyone would keep their car as long as I intend to. Would appreciate your thoughts and advice. Thanks.
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I got both. It really helped out when the flew out a Ranger to replace the main charger that failed on vacation.
     
  3. Merrill

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    I got the 4 year service plan and the 4 year extended warranty. This car is all new and not much I can do to work on it, I keep my cars for a while and even though I will not drive more than 8 to 10,000 miles I think it is well worth the piece of mind.
     
  4. dave

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    Or you could have just paid $100 for the same ranger visits, right?

    I skipped the service plans, but got the Extended Warranty. If something breaks on my car, I want it fixed. Wheel alignments and wiper blades I can do myself, or even get Tesla to do them for much less and on my own schedule.
     
  5. RodF

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    I went with the full on 8 years Anywhere service plus ESP. I keep my cars a long time, and put about 6,000 miles/year. I got the Anywhere service because the time I save in the office is well worth the cost for me - no driving to the service center and waiting.
     
  6. gmtom1

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    I will not be getting either the service plan or the extended warranty. My current plan is to keep the MS for 3 years, then sell it and upgrade to the MX or newer MS.

    For those concerned about roadside assistance, according to the warranty manual, the car's 4 year warranty includes roadside assistance. The manual is vague as to what exactly that means and what it covers. We probably will not know for sure until someone from Hawaii has to make a call for help, as I would assume that other experiences posted on the forum from the mainland are not indicative of what we'll get here.
     
  7. dsmith2189

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    I got the extended warranty and the 4 + 4 Service plan. Reasons: nets savings on annual maintenance, a new car company with many unknowns about future costs and peace of mind, if anything should go wrong with covered components. I have read here on TMC about huge costs involved with things like 17" monitor replacement, etc... better safe than sorry.

    One additional note is that the service plan is transferrable if you sell the car.
     
  8. solar powered

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    Thanks everyone--I just signed up for the 4+4 service plan.
     
  9. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Maybe. I thought I had read something about a distance limitation for Ranger visits (for the flat $100 fee).
     

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