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Official: Model S Service Plans

Discussion in 'Model S' started by bonnie, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. BertL

    BertL Supporting Member

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    Congratulations on your soon to be new-to-you MS!

    I suggest you ask your Delivery Specialist your questions about service, and do that via email if you can. It would seem to me some of the answers or decisions you come to, may depend upon what service has already been done on your MS, and frankly how Tesla interprets their own terms when it comes to miles/time and prepaid service -- or even if prepaid service is available on an inventory vehicle, I'm not sure.

    In terms of skipping a service -- some do, some don't. It's a lot of reading, but many owner's POV is expressed upthread. Personally, I pretty much follow the mfgr recommendation on time or miles. When I've paid cash for service in the past, with my relatively low mileage, I've been known to push service out for a few months on my former ICE. I'd probably do the same with my Tesla, but with my prepaid MS service, I will always following the rules and have service done based on miles or within 30 days of my anniversary date. Service terms are clear the work needs to be done within 30 days of the anniversary date. (I took delivery of my MS 10/5/2015, and it is presently in for it's first annual service. ;))

    Good luck and enjoy that MS!
     
  2. HankLloydRight

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    So, YOU bought that Inventory P85D with 40k miles! Congrats. There was some speculation here that it was mis-tagged as an Inventory car, but was really a CPO. So you're getting that with the federal tax credit. Great deal.

    In terms of the service schedule, I think only Tesla can answer what they'd do. Yes, you get four services. It depends on what service the car go before delivery to you.

    Many people here are doing the "skip every other year" plan to save some money. I also bought an Inventory car with 8k miles on it in 2014, and bought the 8-year service plan for $3800 (which includes the wheel alignments). But with the new schedule and costs, the skipping plan makes sense, too.
     
  3. sorka

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    So with a discount if $1/mile and $1k for each month you got at least $60k off list? This assumes it was made in December of 14 or the discount would be even higher.
     
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    Is that the typical discount? I got $1/mile but no month-to-month discount.
     
  5. Buster1

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    I must be missing something. I am new to Teslas and searching for one now (not a current owner). Why would I need a service plan if the car comes with a warranty? Someone said the service plan covers "bugs" and such. Wouldn't the warranty cover that?

    I understand that the service plan takes care of brakes and wipers and the such (but not tires). But if the computer fails, or the batteries stop charging or something, wouldn't the stellar Tesla warranty cover that?

    Please educate me.
     
  6. BertL

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    @Buster1, lots of this discussion is upthread, so we probably don't need to repeat all that here. Lots of passionate and knowledgeable people have taken a lot of time expressing their POV if you'd like to grab a cool one and do some scanning at your leisure.

    My summary is if you purchase, Tesla does not say you HAVE to do preventive maintenance to maintain the basic warranty, but even an EV has some mechanical things that wear out or could possibly benefit from lube, tightening, or whatever upon occasion. Some people lease or flip vehicles fairly often, and treat their purchase almost as a disposable asset, so they see little to no benefit putting maintenance into something that they know they are going to get rid of before the basic warranty expires. OTOH, there are some of us that either plan to keep our vehicles beyond basic warranty and/or believe that having the mfgr give our vehicle a "once over" at least annually improves our confidence in both the reliability of the vehicle and/or safety. In addition, you'll note in the maintenance schedule, Tesla does recommend some things be done like replacing battery coolant every other year or with mileage... again, that's something some people will do, others won't. You'll also find others now taking an approach of only doing preventive service every-other-year, as those tend to be the bigger ones. Look at the schedule and you'll see what I mean. You then need to decide for yourself the potential benefits in preventive service as Tesla recommends, or something less.​

    Good luck with your research and decision.
     
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    There are 2 things... warranty and service plan. Service plan covers wiper blades, annual maintenance and things like that.
    Warranty covers issues with the car.. such as door handles, computer screen or any other issues you might have. You can extend the warranty on the car before 4 yr / 50k miles.
    Hope that helps.
    Btw... PM me if you are interested in Model S... I am selling mine as I bought a new one.
     
  8. sdorn

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    So I am leasing a Model S for 3 years and will likely put less than 12,000 miles per year on the car. That means if I bought the service plan, I likely would only ever use 2 of the services as the third service would not be due until time to turn in the car at the end of the lease. It seems like there is no reason to buy the service plan in this situation, right? Are there benefits that are worth paying that much for upfront besides the two annual service inspections?
     
  9. HankLloydRight

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    Right. The service plan includes 4 service intervals... so if you're only using two, it makes no sense for you at all. Just pay for the two you'll use a-la-carte and you'll be much better off.
     
  10. ChadS

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    They have a new service plan with only 3 visits.

    I was going to skip it for my 2-year lease, but my DS said they will refund the unused portion when you turn the car in.
     
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    "I did not know that"

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    I did see this option, but still with a 3 year lease you would only use 2 of those services unless you hit the mileage trigger for inspections more often than once per year, right? Otherwise the third inspection would be due at the time you are ready to turn the car in, so why do another inspection at that point?
     
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