I certainly wouldn’t mind going to the mechanic a little less.
Most car owners know that regular maintenance is the key to getting the most out of your car. For Tesla though, that’s not the case. According to the car maker’s new policy, customers are asked to only bring their cars in for maintenance on an ‘as-needed’ basis.
This is apparently because of the fact that Tesla’s electric cars don’t need much maintenance, at least when compared to other fuel-driven cars or internal-combustion cars. Unlike electric cars, internal-combustion cars require consistent general maintenance, and on a schedule, not just on an as-needed basis. Maintenance includes regular oil changes and replacements of parts like tires, belts, and brakes. They also have to be checked regularly if everything is working smoothly, just to ensure that there’s nothing wrong inside the hood.
Electric cars, on the other hand, don’t need such maintenance practices. They don’t need regular oil changes as they don’t run on oil, and their parts last much longer since the car uses mainly energy to operate and not physical parts. The only parts that require scheduled ‘maintenance’ are the brakes and tires, but the former only requires water contamination checks biennially and the latter only needs replacements if they’re already worn out.
This shows how different Tesla service centers are compared to traditional car dealers, who get a large part of their revenue from these scheduled maintenance practices