Forgive me if this has been covered before; I've been lurking on this board for several months now and haven't seen this question addressed.
Got my Model S a couple weeks ago, and I'm delighted with it. The car's been great, and other than a couple momentary glitches, I've had no problems with it at all (knock wood). But in reading the owner's manual, I noticed something interesting...
The Model S can't be towed. It also appears it can't be loaded onto a flatbed trailer if you don't have a key, because you need to get inside and put it in neutral and Jack mode. So what happens if somebody tows (or transports) my car without my cooperation-- say, if I'm parked illegally (or somebody THINKS I'm parked illegally)? Can they do that without a key? Can they do it without damaging the car? And if somebody DOES damage the car by trying to tow or transport it, who's liable?
My gut guess is that in most jurisdictions, I'm liable for any damage in this situation, but it seems like the towing company would be obligated to take reasonable care, or property owners could just punish illegal parkers by smashing their car up with a sledgehammer. Then again, maybe not.
It's not like I regularly (or even irregularly) park illegally; but the risk of towing damage seems much bigger for the Model S than for most cars, and I'm surprised this issue hasn't come up here. Would somebody care to fill me in (or speculate)?