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Model 3 aftermarket wheels VS Tesla service or denial of

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by ElecMode3, May 22, 2018.

  1. ElecMode3

    ElecMode3 New Member

    May 22, 2018
    Quebec, Canada
    Hi all!

    I am about to order the AWD version of Model 3 (online pre-reveal canadian order, non-owner).

    Am currently hesitating between upgrading for the 19" sport wheels or buying aftermarket wheels. I think I remember reading somewhere that Tesla wouldn't service a car fitted with aftermarket wheels. I am just curious about the extent of the denial of service, if indeed true. For example, would they not work on a faulty touchscreen because stock wheels have been removed, the same way that Apple would'nt change a screen on an iPhone fitted with an aftermarket battery? What if the brakes were faulty, would they refuse to look at them because the wheels are not theirs?

    I would prefer titanium/gunmetal wheels, which I could get with aftermarket 19" turbines. However, if I need to change thewheels everytime the car has to be serviced, I will definitely reconsider...

    Speaking of which, I saw pictures of powdercoated 19" Tesla sport wheels which looked really great. Any advice as to powdercoating vs liquid painting the wheels or wrapping the wheels, and the durability of either process with canadian winters and calcium?

    Last, any advice on or against 3rd party TPMS sensors?

    Thanks a lot!
  2. eSpiritIV

    eSpiritIV Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Portland, OR
    It is illegal to deny warranty or service on a car with equivalent aftermarket parts. I highly doubt Tesla would do that or face lawsuits up the wazoo!
  3. drawfour

    drawfour Member

    Mar 10, 2018
    Seattle, WA
    He's in Canada. While I assume Canada has similar pro-consumer laws, best for him to check. But yes, in the US, unless Tesla can prove that the replacement part itself is the cause of damage, they cannot just say "well, look, you replaced the wheels, and the brakes are part of that area, so... no service for you!"
  4. CUBldr97

    CUBldr97 Member

    Apr 20, 2015
    i have after market wheels on my S. have had no issue with service, tire rotation or anything else. tesla also mounted the tpms on the rims, and installed the tires on the rims.
  5. SomeJoe7777

    SomeJoe7777 Marginally-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    Houston, TX
    In most service centers, if you have aftermarket wheels then Tesla takes the following stance:

    1. The will work on any part of the car as normal other than the wheels.
    2. They will remove and reinstall the wheels if they need to do so in order to work on other parts of the car like brakes.
    3. They won't do work on the wheels themselves, e.g. mount/dismount a tire, service TPMS, balance.

    I find this a fair balance.

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