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Massachusetts Inspection Stations for Teslas

Discussion in 'New England' started by bigmaple1, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. bigmaple1

    bigmaple1 Member

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    It's that time, I've had the car for a year.

    Any thoughts on where to get a safety inspection for a Tesla? Ideally, I'm looking for a shop that will actually take care when removing the old sticker/applying the new one, plus, if I'm lucky, no greasy overalls in/near my S. And if I'm super lucky, I won't have to spend 10 minutes explaining how to turn on the headlights.
     
  2. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    I took mine to my former Audi dealer, Ira Audi in Peabody (actually, their shop is up the street in Danvers). In part because I knew they'd treat the car well (including a free wash), but also in part to give the techs a chance to ogle the car.
     
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    I would be inclined to do business with a dealership that has the knowledge to inspect an all electric vehicle. I will (upon pickup) have the car inspected at a Nissan dealership (largely due to the leaf).
     
  4. mitch672

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    I first took mine to my Toyota dealer, was funny watching them plug into the OBD diagnostic port, and their inspection machine couldn't talk to the Model S...
    This year I just took it to a local garage I've been using for years, there is very little they check on an electric car.
     
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    Do they still charge the full $29?
     
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    I've taken mine to random scrappy places. Never been an issue.

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    Yes. And that # is about to increase to $35.
     
  7. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Remember this is a safety inspection, not a mechanical inspection. There's nothing about the drive train that figures into the process (for an EV). The most important thing is to find a shop where they won't damage the car or get greasy fingerprints on the headliner when they change the inspection sticker.

    It really is fun to take the Tesla to a dealership for inspection; all the techs come over to gawk. I got my first inspection at a local Toyota dealership. As I was waiting, one of the salesmen (a man near retirement) came up to me and quietly said, "Cars like that are going to put me out of business, and most of the service guys. And that's a good thing." What could I say? He's right. I was impressed that he could see so clearly.
     
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    I also took it to my "local" (read: scrappy) place. It takes about 5 minutes because they don't need to do the exhaust inspection. Mostly they just check that the lights work, etc. I wouldn't stress about it... it's just a way for local garages to get $29 and soon $35...
     
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    You are right to be wary, I took mine somewhere local and asked them to be careful as it had only been on the road 2 days, and ended up with a huge greasy handprint on the headliner. Didn't notice till I got home, but luckily I cleaned it up without a problem. Won't be getting my business again though!
     
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    Watertown SC recommended Lexus dealer down the street - they do a lot of teslas and seem to appreciate the car - lots of congratulations from the service people and even some of the customers
     
  11. bigmaple1

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    I bit the bullet and went to a gas station I have been to a lot in the past. This was their first Tesla. They were very careful and the sticker application looks perfect. I haven't found any evidence of fingerprints, so that makes me happy. I guess since I commute on 128 in all weather and traffic conditions, I probably shouldn't be too worried, the car is made to be used. But, it still feels like a very special possession, even after a year. I can't wait for our next Tesla so we'll be a completely Tesla household.
     
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    I took mine to Plaza Shell on route 109, just west of 495. The gentleman there has inspected a bunch of Teslas, and knew exactly what to do. I was very pleased
     
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