Tesla owner refuses to pay over $21,000 for a new battery and gets locked out of his car

WTF?! A Tesla owner has seen his TikTok video about the car’s apparent flaws go viral. Mario Zelaya said he was locked out of his Tesla Model S after the battery died, which would have cost him $21,000 to replace.

Zelaya, who lives in Toronto, Canada, said he paid $140,000 (Canadian) for the brand new car in 2013. According to Elon Musk, the batteries in these cards are rated for a range of 300,000 to 500,000 miles, or about 21 to 25 years, before they need to be replaced. But Zelaya’s electric vehicle needed a new one after just 77,000 miles.

Zelaya said the problem was that some 2013 and 2014 Tesla Model S vehicles had an issue where fluid from the air conditioning drain hose dripped onto the battery, causing it to rust – technicians from Transport Canada’s regulator confirmed that was the reason for his battery had died.

Zelaya brought the car to Tesla after a “high voltage battery” warning message appeared, only to be told the warranty didn’t cover it. He asked for a free battery, but the request was denied, giving him the option of paying over $21,000 for a replacement or selling the car.

@supermariozelaya in response to @Mario Zelaya Here’s an update and some clarification on my dead Tesla. Also, someone will buy it tomorrow for $19,000 and take the responsibility of opening the car. I have 85 messages on it on FB Marketplace….I guess I’m selling it cheap? #tesla #auto ♬ Original sound – Mario Zelaya

Because the battery was dead, Zelaya was unable to access the vehicle or access the ownership documents inside. He says it wouldn’t respond to an indictment either. “That’s why you should never buy a Tesla, folks,” he said in the video.

The owner believes that the leakage and rusting started when the car was under warranty. Zelaya also claims that Tesla canceled his Uber credits he received when he had the car serviced after he kept asking why the car needed a new battery.

Zelaya admits he could have accessed the Tesla by removing the front bumper or going through the tire well, but “didn’t have time for that.”

The situation ended when Zelaya sold the car after paying $30 for new ownership documents. It seems the new owner found time to remove the bumper to gain access.

It seems unlikely that Zelaya will return to the car brand in the future: “I will never buy a Tesla again,” he said. “That’s a long way from me saying stay the fuck away from Teslas. They are brutal cars, brutal manufacture and even worse they are a 10 year old company.”

Last year, a Finn teamed up with a YouTube explosives channel to blow up his 2013 Tesla Model S after discovering he had to buy a $22,600 battery because it “recharged his 8- Exceeded annual warranty”.

https://www.techspot.com/news/96080-tesla-owner-refuses-pay-20000-new-battery-gets.html Tesla owner refuses to pay over $21,000 for a new battery and gets locked out of his car

Chris Barrese

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