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What Will It Cost To Maintain A Tesla In 2021?

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Do Tesla cars require a lot of maintenance?

Many of the regular maintenance things do not apply to Tesla vehicles because they are all-electric. For example, you’ll never need an oil change and won’t have to worry about typical fuel prices. Tesla’s maintenance costs are among the most affordable on the market, yet the cars are still expensive. We used driver forums and data from YourMechanic to estimate maintenance expenses.

However, Elon Musk’s Teslas do require specialist maintenance, and certain fixes can be quite costly. Extended warranties from third parties can help spread out the cost of ownership, especially as the cars age.

Maintenance Schedule Suggested by Tesla:

Tesla, like all major automobile manufacturers, has a recommended maintenance regimen. That is, until the year 2019. Annual inspections were included in the plan to ensure that everything was running well. However, in 2019, the company stopped suggesting yearly inspections and instead focused on recommending certain treatments on an as-needed basis.

Teslas no longer require routine maintenance, according to the website, which instead specifies a few things that should be replaced on a regular basis. This is one of the key reasons why Tesla maintenance expenses are so low.

In 2021, Tesla made various improvements to its Model S and Model X vehicles that changed the maintenance requirements.

Tesla customers are not required to visit the shop on a regular basis. Furthermore, the Tesla Owners app will keep track of the various time restrictions on these parts and alert drivers when it is time to schedule maintenance.

We’ll go over all of the models’ current maintenance requirements here.

  • Cabin air filter: If the filter is a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, it should be replaced every two years or every three years. The standard air filter on the 2021 S and X models only has to be replaced every three years.
  • Tesla recommends replacing the tyres every 6,250 miles or when the tread depth difference between the tyres is 2/32 inch or more.
  • Tesla owners should have their brake fluid checked every two years and refilled if necessary.
  • Winter maintenance: Drivers in cold-weather areas should clean and oil their brake calipers every 12 months or 12,500 miles, whichever comes first.
  • Air conditioning service: Depending on the model and year, Tesla suggests maintaining the air conditioning and replacing the desiccant bag every two to six years. For more information, see the table below.
Tesla Model Air Conditioning Service Interval
Model 3 Every 6 years
Model Y Every 4 years
Model S (2012 to 2020) Every 2 years
Model S (2021) Every 3 years
Model X (2012 to 2020) Every 4 years
Model X (2021) Every 3 years


Cost of Tesla Maintenance in General

The number of moving parts in a Tesla vehicle is a fraction of what a standard combustion engine has. There are no leaks or worn-out belts. All Tesla owners need to be concerned about is what we described above.

We usually look at average cost data on sites like RepairPal. However, Tesla is an outlier in that there isn’t much information available online. We’ll include the Tesla maintenance costs we found here, but keep in mind that these are estimates based on forums and are provided solely for educational purposes.

Maintenance Item Cost
Tire rotation $35 to $100
Cabin air filter $60 to $200
Wiper blades $20 to $50
Full service (inspection plus items above) $475+
Brake system flush $100 to $110
A/C service $50

Cost of a Tesla Service Plan

Assume you’ve been following Tesla’s “as-needed” maintenance schedule for the past five years. Here’s how the overall prices would look if you did everything at a Tesla service center and were charged the higher rate for each of these items.

Year Service Cost
1 Tire rotation $100
2 Full service with A/C  $525
3 Tire rotation $100
4 Full service with brake flush $585
5 Tire rotation $100


The total expenditure over five years would be $1,410. Tesla maintenance expenses are relatively cheap as a result, but real-world expenditures may be greater. When you multiply that by five, you get a figure of $282 per year on average for Tesla maintenance. These fees can also vary by model – for example, a Tesla Model 3 maintenance package may be less expensive than a Model S.

Usual Tesla Repair Cost

Even while Tesla cars have a low average maintenance cost, they aren’t immune to repairs or breakdowns. They still have a lot in common with gas vehicles, and certain parts will need to be changed in the future. Tesla maintenance issues with the digital screen and other electronic equipment have also been reported by certain users. We’ll look at Tesla Model S repair expenses in this part.

Repair  Cost
Brake caliper replacement $357 to $593
Oxygen sensor replacement $271 to $444
Window motor regulator replacement $592 to $851
Wheel bearings replacement $325 to $394

These aren’t huge sums of money, but they’re worth knowing about.

Comparing Tesla Models in Maintenance

The low, high, and average repair costs for each Tesla Model are listed in the table below.

Model Low High Average
Tesla Model 3 $80 $1,134 $216
Tesla Model S $80  $4,074 $283
Tesla Model X $80 $769 $171

The base rate for a small Tesla car repair appears to be $80. Each model’s highest repair cost varies significantly. Despite the fact that these cars are easier to maintain, they are nonetheless created using cutting-edge technology. When something goes wrong, the cost of repairs might be rather high.

Even though you may anticipate the Model 3, the brand’s entry-level model, to have the lowest average maintenance expenses, the Model X does. When it comes to repairs, Teslas are generally more expensive than other models. Those costly repairs, on the other hand, are less likely to occur with a Tesla.

Comparing Tesla Maintenance Cost To Other Brands

As previously said, it’s impossible to compare Tesla with another brand on an apples-to-apples basis. Right now, there aren’t even two Tesla brands on the market. There’s Tesla, and then there’s a slew of other electric-vehicle manufacturers. So instead of comparing the Model S to other premium sedans and coupes, we’ll look at how it stacks up against other luxury sedans and coupes.

Car Average Annual Repair And Maintenance Costs
Tesla Model S $298
Cadillac CTS $663
Chevrolet Corvette $737
Mercedes-Benz E350 $788
Audi A6 $913
BMW i8 $979
Porsche 911 $1,072

Tesla repairs are much less expensive in the long run than many other cars. In terms of mechanics, the BMW i8 is the closest match, but it’s still a hybrid with a 3-cylinder turbo engine. Although the hybrid battery provides it extra range, the automobile, like previous BMWs, has hefty maintenance costs.

Because of the number of moving parts, traditional gas cars will simply be more expensive to fix and maintain. Certain Tesla repairs can be costly, although this is partly due to the company’s marketing as a premium alternative. It’s possible that in the future, repairs for low-cost electric car brands will be relatively affordable.

Advantages of Tesla Ownership

There are some maintenance and repair fees associated with owning a Tesla, as we discovered. There are, however, a few advantages to owning that you won’t find with other manufacturers. When you buy a new Tesla, you may be eligible for a state tax credit or rebate, depending on your state. California, for example, offers a $2,000 or $4,500 rebate based on income eligibility for a Model 3 or Model Y purchased in 2021. Installation of home chargers or the purchase of electric vehicles are also eligible for subsidies from various utilities across the state.

You don’t have to pay sales tax on a Tesla in New Jersey, and EZ-Pass gives you a discount on some tolls.

Some states offer no tax credits or rebates at all.

Also, keep in mind that the federal tax credit has expired. According to current legislation, cumulative Tesla sales topped 200,000 in 2019, excluding later purchases from the federal tax credit. However, starting in 2022, there may be legislation that allows Tesla buyers to receive a new tax credit.

Another advantage is that you can use Tesla’s mobile servicing program. The cost of Tesla’s mobile service is the same as its basic service. Using mobile services is free of charge. When you book a service via the app, it will tell you whether you qualify for mobile service or if you should go into a store. According to Tesla’s website, the mobile service program is available throughout the United States.

The Benefits of a Tesla Extended Warranty for Owners

Tesla’s battery and drive unit warranties are quite extensive, ranging from 8 years to 100,000, 120,000, or 150,000 miles depending on the model. The normal bumper-to-bumper warranty, on the other hand, is only 4 years or 50,000 miles long.

A Tesla extended warranty can help protect parts of your vehicle from failure or breakdown for a longer period of time than the normal warranty. It may be a smart option for drivers who wish to keep their cars in good condition over time. Some third-party warranty companies specialize in high-tech equipment coverage, which you’ll need for your Tesla.

An extended warranty’s main advantage is that it can help protect your wallet from unexpected charges. Furthermore, many people value the peace of mind it provides. Many Tesla repairs may necessitate a return to the dealer, thus a good extended warranty company should cover repairs if you return to the dealer.


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