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Help with prepping for first car please


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Dec 23, 2018
Encino, CA
All great suggestions. I would a add a couple more:

1) If your home charging plans include a Tesla Wall Connector as your main method of daily charging, I recommend also having your electrician install a Nema 14-50 outlet near the Wall Connector. I started out with just a Wall Connector. After a few months, I had a problem with the unit and it had to be replaced. Tesla was great in sending me a brand new unit under warranty, but between the time the problem started and the new unit was installed by my electrician, about 4 weeks went by. During that month, I had to make due with 110 V and commercial charging stations. Now if my Wall Connector ever goes down, I have the 14-50 as a backup.

2) If you are the type of person who is concerned about your Tesla's paint, I recommend getting as much PPF installed as you can afford. The ultimate in protection is getting a whole-car PPF and a ceramic coating on top of the PPF. As UncertainTimes mentioned, getting both can cost as much as $10K. If that is above your budget, I recommend getting as much PPF as you can afford (my whole-car Xpel PPF cost $5K) and use a PPF-safe spray on sealant on top of the PPF instead of the ceramic coating. For example, a bottle of Turtle Wax Seal and Shine costs $9 or Xtreme Solutions PolySeal costs $17. Both need to be reapplied every 3-4 months, but you will save $$$ as compared to the cost of a ceramic coating.
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