Man gives Tesla for repairs for $155,000, comes back days later and finds it useless: report

The owner of a $155,000 Tesla Model S Plaid told the Elon Musk-focused outlet Teslarati that he received a call any car owner would dread just days after dropping off their vehicle for service in Plano, Texas.

The man, identified only as Jeff, said he parked his car at the Tesla Service Center in Plano on August 24 and was contacted by the service center on August 30.

According to the report, the Tesla Employee said four words every car owner fears: “We have bad news.” Then he added: “Your car was totaled.”

Jeff understandably couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “I thought it was a joke,” he told Teslarati.

“I found out very soon that it wasn’t a joke.”


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Jeff said that when he got to the service center The next day he was greeted by his black Model S plaid. The rear passenger door had been pushed inward and the airbags deployed.

“The vehicle was hit by another car that was traveling just two blocks from the service center, which is located at 5800 Democracy Drive in Plano,” Teslarati said.

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“The repair was already complete and an employee drove the vehicle around to ensure it was properly locked,” it said.

As if that wasn’t enough, the outlet reported that the Tesla driver, a Plano service center employee, failed to swerve during a four-way stop and was hit by another driver in an Audi A5.

The second driver was a 62-year-old who was taken to Plano Presbyterian Hospital with injuries, Teslarati said.

Word was someone else was at Jeff’s Tesla also: an unidentified passenger.

Teslarati said it received a police report showing the Tesla service technician who was driving the Model S admitted his guilt in the accident and was charged with failing to give way at a stop sign.


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Jeff told the outlet that Tesla said it would get back to him within three weeks.

This happened according to an update to the report on Friday.

“Jeff personally contacted me and let me know that Tesla has officially shipped a Model S Plaid identical to their now totally destroyed vehicle,” Teslarati said. “‘Just got a call from Tesla, a clone of my Model S Plaid is on the truck going to Texas as I text you today.'”

The Western Journal reached out to the Tesla Service Center in Plano for comment, but received no response.

This article originally appeared on The West Journal.

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