AAH #444 – A Hardcore Gearhead Buys A Tesla Model 3

December 6th, 2018 at 6:46pm

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SPECIAL GUEST: Henry Payne, The Detroit News

07:25 – Henry’s Model 3
43:28 – Doctor Data
47:56 – Waymo One Launches in Arizona
59:03 – How will a Millennial Buy a vehicle?
1:04:13 – Jim Lentz talks Mobility and Dealers

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- John McElroy, Autoline.tv

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2 Comments to “AAH #444 – A Hardcore Gearhead Buys A Tesla Model 3”

  1. George Ricci Says:

    Dear John and Sean,

    On Autoline After Hours I was listening to the discussion about Tesla cars and the model 3 and there was a couple topics you did not get into. One is the high cost of insurance. The model S and X are considered luxury cars and luxury cars have higher insurance rates than regular cars. When you get into an accident with most cars you can take them to the repair shop of your choice. But with Tesla’s you have to go to a Tesla approved shops and of course they charge more. Relatively minor accident damage that would cost 3 to 5 thousand on most cars costs several times more on a Tesla. If you look at several of the sites that sell totaled cars you can find Tesla’s with that look easy to repair, but they are totaled. Some insurance companies announced that they would increase their rates on Tesla’s vehicles based on a report that claimed “abnormally high claim frequencies” from Tesla owners.

    If you are looking at buy a used Tesla and you want to find out the warranty repair history and if any recall repairs have be completed on the car you are looking at, Tesla will NOT provide you with this information.

    If you buy a Tesla with a salvaged title, Tesla will NOT sell you any parts and will not provide you any information about the car


    One other thing I forgot to mention, there is no AM radio, and no SiriusXM satellite radio. You do have several interest streaming radio options. Also missing is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It looks like Elon wants to control the vertical integration in his cars.