Can I check are Tesla’s similar to engine cars in regards to servicing etc?
How expensive are they?
...Where do you service a Tesla?..
...Are repairs etc expensive?
Tesla owners will tell you that Teslas never need oil changes etc and the brakes last forever bacause of regeneratve braking and Tesla sales will tell you similar things. Then when you look into it you discover that brakes need servicing because they aren't used enough so really should be checked over and cleaned annually anyway. They are heavy cars and tyre wear can be an issue so alignment should be checked regularly too. In theory any garage can do those things but apart from a few newer EV garages the average garage is less comfortable with dealing with them and digging through the trim to find stuff. Tesla will do this for you at Tesla eyewatering prices (recently had my brakes and alignments serviced/done at 1 year on my S for nearly £400). Because of the limited service centres and pressures of selling and fixing new car issues you can bet it'll be 4-6 weeks from booking anything non-critical to getting an appointment...and since you hac hardly ever get anyoen to speak to on the phone you either drive to the centre in perosn or use that ap and hope that the appt you made doesnt get changed/cancelled etc just when you;ld arranged time off.
New Teslas are expensive or very expensive depending on model. Folk will brag about over the air updates but essentially you buy an excellent battery and decent power train and a computer. Computers are obsolete as soon as you buy them. Yes you can update computer hardware but after a short while you find your PC really needs a faster processor and bus system etc and software just doesn't run well on the one you bought 2-3 years ago or Apple/samsung has brought out a new must-have phone and your current one has lost street cred. Teslas are the same - promises of al the things it will do 'soon; and the it needs better hardware to do it.
Your old PC or Iphone just became devalued when you want to sell it and not so many places are keen to accept the trade-in.
After any warranty period has run out Tesla repair costs are at their same eyewatering fees and in the last year they have started to interpret what is covered by warranty more favourably for themselves. They also tend to replace whole subunits rather than repair them so you hear stories of folk who really only needed someone to track down and swap out the fuse or the on-board chip or at least trade in for a refurbished one but they got stung for a couple of £K. The same with dents.. watch out or they'll change the panel where a body shop would straighten in for cheapish.
The trouble is that driving the darn thing is fun with its instant power and all the sell-it-to-yourself bollocks about saving the planet and the real truth that it's not a bad motor to be in if you do into a pile-up but even if fuel is cheap then overall ownership isn't.