The reaction to our story the other day about Doug and his Hyundai Ioniq, and the $ 40 bill his mechanic sent him for “oil” for his electric vehicle, got me thinking.
So, as an experiment, I imagined that I had brought my standard Tesla Model 3 plus range to a regular garage and requested service. Just to see what’s going on.
Here is the (imaginary) invoice:
Invoice number 00531
Dinosaur burner garage, bedrock
Car maintained by: Fredrick Stoneflint – Chief Engineer
Maintenance – 60,000 km Tesla Model 3 SR + EWE 420 license plate
- Perform a full check of the Global Diagnostic System (GDS)
- Inspect the terminals and the condition of the battery – 12V
[Mechanic reports that there appears to be a larger battery to which he was unable to gain access, suggest that this be checked as a matter of urgency]
- Inspect disc brakes and pads
[Mechanic reports suspiciously little wear, discuss driving habits with customer]
- Inspect the front suspension ball joints
- Inspect the operation of lights, indicators, etc.
- Fill up with flashing fluid
- Inspect tires, including pressure and tread wear
[ Mechanic reports excessive wear on back tyres – possibly due to launch syndrome]
- Lubricate the door, trunk, hood hinges and latches, and brake calipers
- Air conditioner oil change
- Oil disposal fee according to environmental protection standards $ 40
- Unblock the glove box
- Inspect and adjust the volume control – reports of teens unable to turn down karaoke.
Urgent Action – Mechanic unable to find engine, exhaust, gas tank and many other essential parts etc. These should be installed immediately to avoid voiding the warranty.
Total: $ 180 – cash / credit / karaoke
David Waterworth is a retired researcher and writer, a teacher who divides his time between caring for his grandchildren and trying to make sure they have a planet to live on. He owns 50 Tesla shares.