I not too long ago had a Tesla service go to. To begin with, I’ve to say that I completely love Tesla’s cellular service possibility (beforehand referred to as “Ranger” service). Many of the service work I’ve had accomplished has been accomplished in my driveway. Who would complain about that?
Sadly, although, there have been points with the scheduling, and I’m not the one one who has confronted such issues.
To begin with, one apparent gripe is which you could’t name the Tesla service individuals. Every thing is booked through the app. I perceive that this forces a sort of effectivity on the method, nevertheless it’s a bit ridiculous. Typically an individual needs to name a couple of matter. And you’re the proprietor of a comparatively costly automobile or SUV. Not with the ability to name the service middle is absurd. In fact, if the service middle has a problem that they really feel they should speak about, they’ll name you. (Nicely, isn’t that good? … It’s as in the event that they perceive that typically you should speak to somebody.)
The subsequent challenge is that they simply supply service blocks of 4 hours (9am–1pm and 1pm–5pm). It doesn’t matter when you have a service matter that takes 5–10 minutes — you’ve acquired to dam out 4 hours and ensure you’re prepared each time wanted in that point. Moreover, these are the one blocks. You have got two home windows, and it’s important to match into one in every of them. Does it matter when you have an obligation each weekday from 12–2pm? Nope, it doesn’t matter, to not Tesla — decide 9am–1pm or 1pm–5pm.
Additionally, right here’s an actual kicker: that doesn’t imply Tesla will honor the time. You can not cancel an appointment fewer than 24 hours from the appointment time — or else you’ll get charged for the late change — however they can cancel. And then you definately’re again to sq. one scheduling the service. As many have posed, if it’s important to pay Tesla for canceling an appointment inside a day earlier than the service, why doesn’t Tesla pay you for doing the identical?
There are additionally issues with non-mobile service scheduling. Loaner vehicles is a giant challenge. Tesla used to supply loaner vehicles, even placing individuals of their greatest fashions and trims with the intention to attempt to stimulate an improve. Now not. Possibly Tesla does so in some markets, however all I see and listen to is that they’ll offer you Uber credit if you should take the automobile right into a service middle and don’t need to sit there for hours when you wait. We’re a one-car household, and I’ve to choose up the children from college on weekdays (the times when service facilities are open). The service middle by no means appears to know the way lengthy it is going to take to do one thing — even one thing easy — as a result of they line vehicles up quite than scheduling service extra exactly and getting vehicles out and in rapidly. One would assume if the one choices they gave you have been sitting in a warehouse-style “lounge” for hours or getting an Uber to and from the service middle that they’d a minimum of work a little bit more durable to offer you a exact schedule and get you out and in in a transparent timeframe. I’ve needed to clarify this dilemma a couple of occasions, as a result of the service choices are by no means clearly inside the school-day window — Tesla can’t make certain that in case you carry your automobile in at 9am, will probably be prepared by 2pm. I as soon as acquired a loaner due to this, nevertheless it was truly one in every of their very own vehicles and had numerous items falling aside. I’d a lot quite have that than nothing in any respect! Sadly, it appears somebody realized that wasn’t an awesome concept (I presume due to how some clients would reply) and I by no means acquired that possibility once more.
We gained’t even dive into the consolation of a service middle. (We used to go to a BMW dealership a couple of minutes from the Tesla one and it was a really good lounge with numerous goodies, cozy seats, big-screen TVs, good lighting, excessive ceilings, and many others. — all issues the close by Tesla service middle lacks, and I hear that’s commonplace.) However, critically, not with the ability to name any individual on the service middle, not with the ability to selected a extra exact window of service (cellular or non-mobile), not being supplied a loaner or a minimum of a rental automobile if they will’t you’ll want to do the service inside an affordable variety of hours, charging you in case you cancel service too late however not providing the identical (or anything) as a comfort in the event that they accomplish that — it’s a large number.
I like my Tesla Mannequin 3. I like the cellular service possibility, and the individuals who have offered cellular service have at all times been useful and environment friendly. However the means of communications that has been arrange round Tesla service, the Tesla service scheduling, and the dearth of respectable lodging for Tesla house owners getting service are kind of a sh**present.
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