Tesla Warranty Coverage

When buying a Tesla, it is important to be aware of the details of the warranties offered with Tesla vehicles. Let’s take a look at the various levels of coverage currently offered by Tesla for owners of new and used models. We will also check on what isn’t covered under the various Tesla warranties.

New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage

Every new Model S,  Model X, and Model 3 comes with a 4 years or 50,000 miles (whichever comes first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

The Tesla New Vehicle Limited Warranty includes the following:  

  • Basic Vehicle Limited Warranty
  • Supplemental Restraint System (“SRS”) Limited Warranty
  • Battery and Drive Unit Limited Warranty

The Basic Vehicle Limited Warranty covers any manufacturing, workmanship defects, or failures the vehicle may have within the warranty period (subject to proper use, of course). This is Tesla’s bumper-to-bumper warranty. It covers most items in the vehicle, with the exception of those items covered by other warranties.

The Supplemental Restraint System limited warranty covers the seat belts and airbag system. It lasts for 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Battery And Drive Unit Warranty Details

Finally, there’s the Battery and Drive Unit Limited Warranty. This limited warranty lasts the longest at 8 years, with no mileage limit. This warranty applies to all models except the 60 kWh Battery models of the Model S and Model X, and the Model 3.

The 60 kWh battery warranty is limited to 8 years or 125,000 miles. The Model 3 with Standard Battery has a warranty is 8 years or 100,000 miles, and the Model 3 with Long Range Battery gets 8 years or 120,000 miles.

While this warranty does cover defects the battery or drive unit could run into, it does not cover the power loss that lithium-ion batteries experience over time, through normal use. If your battery unit should fail, Tesla will repair the unit, or replace it with one that has at least the same capacity that your battery had before it failed. To maximize your Tesla’s battery life, be sure to review the guidelines provided on this subjct in the owner’s documentation.

Extended Service Agreements (ESA)

Once you’ve purchased a new Tesla, an Extended Service Agreement may be something you’d like to add.

What does a Tesla Extended Service Agreement (ESA) cover?  It’s essentially an extension of your basic warranty. It covers the repair or replacement necessary to correct defects in the materials or workmanship of most parts manufactured or supplied by Tesla during the coverage period.

An ESA does not cover the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery and drive unit. These items have their own separate warranty.

Here are the current costs for the ESA plans on the Models S and X:

2 Years or 25,000 miles 4 Years or 50,000 miles
Model S $2,100 $4,250
Model X $2,400 $4,800


The Fine Print

If you purchase the ESA 180 days after the delivery date, there is an extra $500 surcharge on top of the price of the plan.

The ESA cannot be purchased after 30 days or 1,000 miles of the expiration of your Tesla’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty. To have full ESA coverage, you are required to service your Tesla every 12 months or 12,500 miles. Please note that, as of this writing, the ESA coverage is not available in all states.

This ESA plan cannot be upgraded or downgraded, but it can be refunded if you wish to cancel it early. This refund is calculated on a pro-rata basis equal to the lesser of the unused portion of days or mileage that the ESA has been in effect.

Considerations When Buying A Used Tesla

When buying a used Tesla from an individual, it is essential to check the vehicle’s mileage and how many months may be left on the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. The new Vehicle Limited Warranty can be transferred to the new owner when a vehicle ownership transfer is performed through Tesla.

An ESA can also be transferred to the new owner, when the vehicle ownership transfer is processed through Tesla. The ESA cannot be purchased by a third-party dealer or for a vehicles purchased from a third-party dealer, it can only be transferred.

You can also buy a CPO (Certified Pre-Owned) or used vehicle directly from Tesla. These vehicles go through a full inspection, while still retaining the remaining battery and drive warranty.

The Basic Limited Warranty will be 2 years or 100,000 miles maximum on the odometer.  Starting from the day it’s delivered, or from the mileage a used vehicle has completed when it reaches the owner. The same warranty period applies to the SRS warranty.

For example, let’s say you purchase a used Model S 85 with 50,000 miles on the odometer from Tesla. You’ll have 50,000 miles of warranty left or 2 years starting from the date of delivery. The mileage of each of their used models is listed in the used inventory section of the Tesla website.

Some used models also come with 4 years or 50,000 miles of basic limited warranty and SRS warranty. Check the coverage offered for the model you’re looking to purchase.

What’s Not Covered

Apart from the power loss that the battery unit will naturally experience over time, it’s the usual things that are outside the scope of most vehicle warranties. Items like misuse, overloading the car, accidents, and natural disasters are not covered under the warranty. Improper maintenance, especially by a non-Tesla authorized service center can also void the warranty coverage.

Finally, parts and accessories such as the tires, the mobile connector, high power wall connector, and related charging adapters, have their own individual warranties.

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