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Thursday, 08 June 2017 23:23

Is Tesla Backing Away From Third-Party Shops?

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Tesla is evidently gearing up for the Tesla Model 3, which will reportedly be flooding the market soon and requiring more shops to repair them.

 

For many years, body shop owners all over the country expressed their desire to become Tesla certified, but in the end is it really a good deal for them? Are Teslas just too difficult to repair and require too much training?

If you've owned a Tesla for even a short time, you're already probably a big fan of the brand, but where can Tesla owners take their vehicles to get them fixed accurately and in a reasonable amount of time?


In an effort to enhance the customer experience with out-of-warranty body repairs, Tesla recently announced that it will soon be opening its own auto body shops in a letter to its shareholders. The OEM also announced plans to enlarge its existing network of third-party Tesla certified body shops in areas where more people own Teslas.


In addition, the carmaker also announced in May that it plans to add more service facilities in key locations internationally and developing a team of mobile technicians to service vehicles on the go. The plan is to build 100 new retail, delivery and service locations globally, representing an overall 30% increase in facilities.


In the letter from Tesla, one sentence got peoples' attention, especially if you are a current Tesla certified shop or planning to pursue certification. "To significantly improve the customer experience with out-of-warranty body repairs, we intend to open the first Tesla-owned body repair shops later this year and expand the existing network of third-party Tesla certified body shops."


By not providing any further details, this statement has created more questions without answers in sight. Exactly how many of Tesla's own body shops are they planning to open and when? Will they open a few to see if it works before jumping in with both feet? Will the OEM create a significant network of first-party body shops or only in areas that justify their existence? Will these Tesla collision centers work solely on Teslas or other high-end brands as well?


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