Shopping for a new vehicle is an exciting experience, but it’s a big decision that often involves performing quite a bit of research. When comparing options, you might look at factors like fuel economy or driving range, performance, safety features, and interior comfort and convenience elements. It’s also smart to consider the warranty on the model you choose, especially if you’re buying a new model. Warranty coverage provides protection against defects or issues that occur during the manufacturing process, helping to ensure your peace of mind as a buyer. Learn more about the warranty offered on Tesla vehicles.
In 2003, a group of engineers set out to prove that drivers didn’t have to make sacrifices on power, performance, and premium features in order to drive an electric vehicle. They founded Tesla, a company that focuses on building all-electric vehicles, along with scalable clean energy generation and storage solutions. The first vehicle launched by the brand, the Roadster, came out in 2008 with an all-electric powertrain and cutting-edge battery technology. Since then, Tesla has continued to release models that far exceed what its competitors can offer to eco-conscious buyers.
The Model S was the world’s first premium all-electric sedan that was designed and built from the ground up. This sleek and capable model continues to rank high in the Tesla lineup, boasting the longest range of any available electric vehicle, along with an incredible zero-to-60 acceleration speed of 2.28 seconds. The lineup also includes the Model 3, Model X, and Model Y, the upcoming Cybertruck and Semi, and the upcoming flagship Roadster. Tesla manufactures its vehicles at factories in Shanghai and Fremont, California.
Tesla Battery Warranty
Since all Tesla models are fully electric, they rely on one or more batteries and electric motors to function, rather than a traditional gas-powered engine. As a result, the standard warranty coverage applies mainly to the battery. The coverage period depends on the model you choose, as well as whether you upgrade to the performance-rated battery offered on your vehicle. The Model 3 and Model Y vehicles equipped with rear-wheel drive include an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty with a minimum retention of 70% of the battery’s capacity during that period.
The Model S and Model X include warranty coverage for eight years or 150,000 miles with the same 70% minimum battery retention requirement. With the Model 3 Long Range, Model 3 Performance, Model Y Long Range, and Model Y Performance, the coverage is for eight years or 120,000 miles. These warranties offer coverage for the repair or replacement needed to correct any defects in the workmanship or materials.
The warranty on the battery also includes coverage of the drive unit. The power drive unit converts electrical power into mechanical motion, driving the wheels and other components to help the vehicle move forward. If any of the components within your Tesla’s drive unit fail due to mechanical or manufacturing issues during the warranty period, the same coverage would apply. All new Tesla models sold in the North America Warranty Region receive the same level of coverage.
Additional Warranty Coverage
Along with the warranty coverage on the battery and drive unit, Tesla offers additional warranty coverage on each of its models.
Basic Vehicle Limited Warranty
Every new Tesla comes with a basic vehicle limited warranty that lasts for four years or 50,000 miles. This warranty covers replacements and repairs to correct defects related to the workmanship or materials provided by Tesla. It’s also known as the bumper-to-bumper warranty, as it includes all components located between the front and rear bumpers. The tires, windshield, and other glass don’t qualify for coverage.
Supplemental Restraint System Limited Warranty
The supplemental restraint system limited warranty covers replacements or repairs to defective airbags, seat belts, and/or any other elements of the supplemental restraint system. All eligible components are covered for five years or 60,000 miles.
Parts, Body, and Paint Repair Limited Warranty
A new Tesla also includes a parts, body, and paint repair limited warranty that covers the vehicle for one year or 12,500 miles. If your vehicle’s exterior shows cracking, pitting, flaking, peeling, or other deterioration during that time, Tesla may cover a fresh coat of paint or any needed repairs to the body. Rust damage and a loss of the glossy topcoat may also qualify under this warranty.
Used Tesla Vehicle Limited Warranty
The Tesla battery warranty can transfer at no cost to another individual who legally assumes ownership of a model that is still covered. If you purchase a used Tesla that still falls under the limited warranty period, the seller would need to transfer the warranty to you as the rightful owner.
Extended Service Plans
Buyers can opt for extended warranty coverage on their vehicles as well. Tesla offers several options, which it refers to as Extended Service Agreements (ESAs). If a Tesla falls under its new vehicle limited warranty or is within 30 days of the warranty’s expiration date, the owner can buy an ESA that provides an additional two or four years of coverage. The pricing of an ESA depends on the model you own and how long it has been since you purchased it. The price increases by $500 after 180 days of ownership.
It’s helpful to note that a Tesla-issued ESA only covers faulty craftsmanship, not wear and tear on the vehicle. The deductible of the ESA is $200 per visit. You also have to add separate battery and drive unit coverage. However, adding extended coverage to your Tesla can provide peace of mind, especially since repairs are expensive.
Limitations on Tesla Warranty
Some limitations apply to the Tesla warranty. If you have your vehicle repaired or maintained at an unauthorized service location, the warranty may become void. You may also void the warranty if you fail to adhere to a recall advisory, install necessary updates to your vehicle, or make required repairs. Exceeding load limits outlined by the manufacturer also voids warranty coverage. Other limitations are available to buyers in the full warranty booklet for your specific model, which Tesla maintains online.
As you consider which electric vehicle you want to purchase, you may want to consider a Tesla because of the impressive warranty coverage offered on its models. Tesla is also known for its production of high-end vehicles that include premium safety features and powerful technological elements.
At FIXD, our mission is to make car ownership as simple, easy, and affordable as possible. Our research team utilizes the latest automotive data and insights to create tools and resources that help drivers get peace of mind and save money over the life of their car.