It was directed more toward the assertions by the lay people that Tesla has no idea what it's doing and will clearly be sued off the face of the earth. M-M is basic contracts and warranty 101. They have it covered, I'm sure. On the first part, you're correct - you can't have sales tie-ins as a condition of warranty. Other consumer protection laws (*not* M-M) require automotive manufacturers (inc. Tesla) to make available maintenance procedures and training for completing them. However, Tesla CAN dictate that certain maintenance items be performed by a qualified person, and then place the burden of proof upon you (the owner) or your agent to prove qualification -- Tesla will not have to prove disqualification. So expect an uphill battle trying to convince any court or jury (if you can past the matter-of-law elements) that any joe-blow SAE trained ICE mechanic is qualified to maintain a Model S. In the first year, it practical terms it means you will have to use Tesla's service.