My 4-year new car warranty on my S D70 expires on July 31, 2019. My question - is it worth the cost ($2,600 currently on the Tesla website) to buy another 2 years?
The Extended Service Agreement “covers the repair or replacement necessary to correct defects in materials or workmanship of most parts manufactured or supplied by Tesla during the coverage period” (italics mine) (excluding of course the battery and drive unit, which are covered by a separate warranty). It seems to me that most such defects would have materialized during my 4 years driving my S (I have only driven 30,000 miles however).
I have had several door handles fail, the charge port failed to close a couple of times, and last November I was locked out of the car and a tow truck driver (sent by Tesla) had to charge the 12-volt battery to unlock the door. That’s really the extent of the problems I’ve encountered.
I would appreciate any comments from those who faced a similar situation.
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First, my thanks to all who responded so quickly and with such insight. I thought all the comments were very good and to the point. I am very grateful for your input.
I continue to be worried by the phrase “covers the repair or replacement necessary to correct defects in materials or workmanship of most parts . . .” The key word for me is “defects”. A part wearing out after being used for 4-5 years wouldn’t seem to meet the definition of a “defect”. Maybe Tesla wouldn’t be too strict on the difference between “normal wear and tear” and “defects”.
I am not worried very much about the out-of-pocket cost of replacing a door handle or two, if I don’t elect to purchase the ESA. But if I had to replace a major mechanical feature such as the Traffic Assisted Cruise Control (TACC), which I use a lot, that could be a major expense.
I also am aware that the car will not be eligible for the extended warranty for years 7&8 if I don’t purchase the extended warranty for years 5&6.
As to some specific suggestions: The door handles on my S are the “present” kind. I have absolutely no aptitude or ability to replace a frayed wire. The Berkeley Service Center said a door handle fix is $600 (but others on this post have said it is more) and that road side assistance is covered by the “warranty”.
With the $200 per occurrence deductible, and $2,600 for just 2 years, my low mileage and driving style, it comes down to peace of mind, as Big Horn points out.