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  • - Recently I had an issue with the windshield wiper

  • on my Tesla where the motor actually went out

  • and the arm broke, and this is the only issue

  • I've had with my Tesla in the past year.

  • This time what I had to do is actually have

  • a Tesla Ranger, this is a service person

  • that comes out to your house and fixes your car

  • right there in your garage or in your driveway.

  • This all cost me zero dollars because I'm under

  • the four year warranty where basically everything

  • for the Tesla is covered.

  • And being the data geek that I am

  • it got me to thinking what is the cost of maintaining

  • this car, my Tesla Model S, compared to

  • a similar gas powered car.

  • Now first I should just clarify that when I do

  • my comparison it has to be to a similar gas powered car,

  • I've seen a lot of comments there

  • well my Honda this, or my KIA that,

  • yes of course, those are cheap economical cars,

  • they do not compare to these luxury high end sedans.

  • So for this analysis I'm going to use

  • a Mercedes Benz S-Class, an Audi A7,

  • and a BMW 7 Series, and I'm gonna look

  • at the cost of ownership, the actually maintenance cost

  • of those cars compared to what I pay for my Tesla.

  • So first I should mention that Tesla has had

  • some reliability issues, in fact just recently

  • Reuters reported that they're spending

  • about 1,000 dollars per vehicle on warranty repairs

  • compared to Ford and GM which are spending

  • about 400 to 700 dollars per vehicle.

  • So Tesla's actually having to repair these a lot more

  • and spending a lot more money.

  • All I care about though is how much it actually

  • is gonna cost me and kind of what the experience

  • is gonna be like.

  • So let's take a look at the data now

  • and see what it actually tells us.

  • First off Tesla offers a prepaid service plan

  • which spans three, four, and eight years

  • depending on which one you choose.

  • This will reduce your overall cost,

  • but we'll compare those alongside not having

  • any prepaid plan as well, so I'll have

  • all three examples here.

  • So looking at the total maintenance cost here

  • over five years you can see that all three Tesla options

  • are a lot cheaper than all the other options,

  • the Mercedes, the BMW, and the Audi even

  • are just many times over more expensive

  • than owning a Tesla in terms of maintenance.

  • So if you take a look at the total maintenance cost

  • over five years what you can see is that

  • the most expensive is the Mercedes Benz S-Class

  • clocking in at around 18,000 dollars in maintenance,

  • the BMW 7 Series clocking in around 17,000 dollars

  • just behind it, the Audi is significantly cheaper,

  • around 10,000 dollars, or 9,500,

  • and then all of the Tesla options

  • are just significantly cheaper than all of those.

  • In fact, the most expensive one is 2,800 bucks.

  • There isn't really saving much in terms of

  • the agony of dealing with a car dealership here,

  • but you are gonna be saving a ton of money

  • over the cost over those five years.

  • But what if we look at the actual details year by year?

  • So on the left here I have each car

  • and then year by year I have the actual cost of maintenance,

  • and you can see that as time goes on,

  • at least for the BMW and the Mercedes,

  • the costs just tend to go up and up,

  • where as the Audi and the Tesla are all pretty flat.

  • In fact Audi actually looks like it decreases over time

  • which is kind of nice.

  • So I guess when you think about it

  • there aren't gonna be any big surprises here

  • with the Tesla or the Audi for that matter.

  • Now if we wanna compare on a percentage basis

  • and we wanna look at let's take the most expensive Tesla

  • model, the Tesla service, the non-prepaid one,

  • remember it's about 2,800 bucks,

  • compare that to the Audi A7, the BMW, and the Mercedes,

  • you can see that with the Audi

  • you're actually still saving about 241 percent,

  • close to 7,000 dollars over the cheapest car,

  • the similar gas powered car.

  • Compare that to the BMW and you're at 500 percent savings

  • and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class you're near

  • 550 percent savings, almost 15,000 dollars

  • or North of 15,000 dollars that you're saving

  • in maintenance costs alone.

  • That's a big deal and that really adds up,

  • and this is only a five year comparison.

  • Now I know a lot of you are out there thinking

  • well what about the replacement of the battery,

  • I've even had people comment saying,

  • you know you have to replace the battery every year

  • which I'm yet to find data on.

  • But the way it works is there is a eight year warranty

  • on your Tesla battery, and it's an infinite mile warranty

  • up to eight years, so any problems you have before that

  • they're gonna replace it for you.

  • But after that the cost that we're looking at

  • is about 12,000 dollars to replace it,

  • that's based on current standards,

  • exactly how they're producing them now.

  • So if we were to forecast out let's say eight years

  • from when you bought your Tesla

  • so that we're eight years from now,

  • the price of producing the batteries

  • is gonna continue to drop.

  • So if we were to take the 12,000 dollars now

  • and reduce it down to say 8,000 dollars,

  • and then add that in to the cost here of our maintenance

  • and let's just assume that we absorbed

  • all of those 8,000 dollars within the first five years,

  • again it's a little wonky but I'm trying

  • to appease anybody that has concerns

  • about replacing the batteries here.

  • If you wanted to do that you would be a little bit

  • over on the Audi, you'd be saving a little bit on money,

  • the 1.3 thousand or 12 percent over the Audi A7,

  • but then you're still saving close to 60 percent

  • on the BMW and nearly 70 percent

  • over the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

  • So you're still saving six to 7,000 dollars

  • compared to these other cars,

  • that's with the assumption that you would be

  • replacing the battery on your own within five years,

  • which really isn't gonna happen.

  • Now I'll put a caveat out there

  • that of course owning a Tesla is not a way to save money,

  • that's not a good plan, but if you are in the market

  • for one of these high end luxury sedans

  • and you look at this, you're gonna see

  • that you're gonna have a much better experience

  • and save a decent amount of money there.

  • In addition to saving money on amenities

  • you're also no longer gonna have to worry

  • about spending time getting gas at the pump,

  • no more oil changes, no more filters every couple of months,

  • all of that coupled with the fact

  • that the car seats five people comfortably

  • and has more storage space than any of these other sedans,

  • in fact it has more than my wife's midsize SUV,

  • and it has the highest safety rating of any car ever tested.

  • I think what you'll find is that when you compare

  • the Tesla to any of these other luxury sedans in this class

  • it comes out ahead in almost

  • every category that you look at.

  • All right, so there it is, the cost

  • or the savings that you're gonna have

  • of a Tesla compared to a similar gas powered vehicle.

  • I hope you like this video, if you have any other thoughts,

  • comments, things I missed, please put them

  • in the comments below, subscribe,

  • and I'll see you back here next time.

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Tesla vs Competitors: Cost of Maintenance Including Battery Replacement

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    kinhuabin posted on 2017/09/02
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