The Complete Guide to Tesla’s Warranty

New Vehicle Limited Warranty

Every new Tesla comes with a “New Vehicle Limited Warranty,” which is essentially bumper-to-bumper coverage that covers the repair or replacement necessary to correct defects in the materials or workmanship of any parts manufactured or supplied by Tesla that occur under normal use.The coverage is effective for a period of four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Paint defects are not covered, although there is a 12-year unlimited mile Body Rust Limited Warranty that covers rust perforation.

Additionally, there is a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Limited Warranty that covers the vehicle’s seat belts and air bag system for five years or 60,000 miles.

Maintenance services are not included under this coverage.

Battery and Drive Unit Limited Warranty

The Battery and Drive Unit Limited Warranty covers the repair or replacement of any malfunctioning or defective battery or drive unit. The battery or drive unit will be repaired or replaced with a new or reconditioned part at Tesla’s discretion. The battery replacement may not restore the vehicle to a “like new” condition, though Tesla will ensure the replacement battery is at least equal to that of the original battery prior to any failures or defects.

Coverage varies depending on the model:

  • Model S: 8 years, unlimited miles (with the exception of the original 60 kWh battery manufactured before 2015, which is covered for a period of 8 years or 125,000 miles.)
  • Model X: 8 years, unlimited miles
  • Model 3 with Standard or Mid-Range Battery – 8 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, with minimum 70% retention of battery capacity over the warranty period.
  • Model 3 with Long Range Battery – 8 years or 120,000 miles (192,000 km), whichever comes first, with minimum 70% retention of battery capacity over the warranty period.
  • This warranty also covers damages from a battery fire in the extremely rare instance that one should occur, even when caused by user error.

    Please note that abuse and neglect (including ignoring service notifications) can void this warranty. Coverage is also void on vehicles with a salvage or rebuilt title.

    Owners are expected to install every new software update, comply with recall advisories, carry passengers and cargo within specified limits, and make all repairs as needed.

    Transferability

    Coverage begins the day a vehicle is put into service, and is fully transferable to subsequent owners at no additional cost. This is regardless of whether a vehicle is sold by a private party or a dealer.

    Extended Service Agreement

    It is possible to extend the New Vehicle Limited Warranty period for a Model S or Model X purchased from Tesla or a private party for a period of two or four years:

    Model S

    2-Year Extended Service Agreement: $2,100
    4-Year Extended Service Agreement: $4,250

    Model X

    2-Year Extended Service Agreement: $2,400
    4-Year Extended Service Agreement: $4,800

    The cost is an additional $500 if the extended service agreement is purchased 180 days after the vehicle is originally put into service, and can be purchased until 30 days after the New Vehicle Limited Warranty expires. It can be canceled at any time for a prorated refund.

    Tesla’s purchased from a third-party dealer are not eligible to add an extended service contract. An extended service agreement is not currently offered for Model 3.


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