Should Tesla Disable Salvage Cars — And Should You Repair One?

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Tesla Model S and Model X cars have kept their value really well over the years, making even used Tesla cars out of the reach of many. One solution for those handy with a wrench (or spanner) has been to rebuild lightly damaged cars that have been written off by insurance companies, relicensing them with the local authorities for use on the road and gaining what’s known as a “salvage title”.

But as Rich Rebuilds explained on his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfV0_wbjG8KJADuZT2ct4SA)  last week, Tesla isn’t keen on people rebuilding salvaged Teslas, and sometimes even turn off features (or blacklist) cars that it deems as not being road-certified. In order to certify them (and make them eligible for Tesla service again), Tesla charges a large fee, and refuse to help an owner with a rebuilt car until they put their car through this expensive process.

Is Tesla right to turn off its cars? Are there valid reasons for doing so? And what of the owners’ right to repair? As usual, there are two sides to this one.

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