If you’re already a proud Tesla owner or are considering purchasing a new vehicle, it’s smart to learn more about the Tesla warranty that comes with your vehicle.
In this article, we’ll review what’s covered under the Tesla warranty and how long coverage lasts. We’ll also explain your options for a Tesla extended warranty.
Unfortunately, many of the best extended car warranty companies do not cover Tesla vehicles because of their complexities and high repair costs, but you do have some options including an extended service plan from the manufacturer.
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Tesla Warranty Overview
The Tesla warranty covers your vehicle after mechanical breakdowns for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Here is an overview of coverage lengths:
|Tesla Warranty||Coverage Length|
|Basic Vehicle||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Suplemental Restraint System||5 years/60,000 miles|
|Battery and Drive Unit||Varies|
|Parts, Body, & Paint Repair||1 year/12,500 miles|
New Teslas also come with a battery and drive unit warranty. Battery and drive unit coverage terms depend on your Tesla model:
|Tesla Model||Battery and Drive Unit Tesla Warranty Length|
|Model S||8 years/150,000 miles|
|Model X||8 years/150,000 miles|
|Model 3 and Model Y Standard or Standard Range Plus||8 years/100,000 miles|
|Model 3 and Model Y Long Range or Performance||8 years/120,000 miles|
Parts, Body and Paint Repair Limited Tesla Warranty
Repairs or replacements of Tesla genuine parts may be covered by the Tesla Parts, Body and Paint Repair Limited Warranty for at least 12 months or 12,500 miles. This limited Tesla warranty covers any failures in the materials or workmanship of manufacturer-installed parts.
Although general parts are covered for 12 months or 12,500 miles, certain components have longer coverage lengths:
- Sheet metal: Limited lifetime coverage
- Drive unit: 4 years/50,000 miles
- High-voltage battery: 4 years/50,000 miles
- Wall connectors: 4 years/unlimited miles
- Touchscreen and media control unit: 2 years/25,000 miles
Used Tesla Warranty Coverage
Used vehicles also come with Tesla warranty coverage. Plan details vary depending on the age and mileage of your vehicle at the time of purchase.
Used Model 3 vehicles only come with the remainder of both their New Vehicle Limited Warranty and their original battery and drive unit limited warranty. There is no additional coverage offered for Model 3s.
If you purchase a used Model S or Model X that’s less than four years old and has fewer than 50,000 miles, it will come with a Used Vehicle Limited Warranty that lasts for 4 years/50,000 miles, essentially re-setting the car’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty. These models also come with the remainder of their original battery and drive unit limited warranty.
If you purchase a used Model S or Model X that is over 4 years/50,000 miles but under 6 years/100,000 miles, it will come with a Used Vehicle Extended Limited Warranty. This Tesla warranty provides coverage for up to 2 years after the point of sale or up to 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. These models also come with the remainder of their original battery and drive unit limited warranty.
Tesla Extended Warranty Overview
If you want to lengthen the Tesla warranty on your Model S or Model X, you can purchase an Extended Service Agreement. This Tesla extended warranty can extend your New Vehicle Limited Warranty by either 2 years/25,000 miles or 4 years/50,000 miles.
The Tesla Extended Service Agreement covers virtually all vehicle parts, except for the battery and drive unit, as they are covered under their own separate warranty.
You can purchase an Extended Service Agreement up to 30 days or 1,000 miles after your New Vehicle Limited Warranty expires, but you’ll get a better coverage rate if you purchase sooner rather than later.
Can You Get a Third-Party Extended Tesla Warranty?
Many third-party warranty providers do not offer coverage plans for Tesla vehicles, however you can get coverage from CarShield. The most popular third-party warranty company in the industry, CarShield has been in business for more than 15 years and offers coverage for vehicles up to 200,000 miles in every state except California.
Third-party Tesla warranty coverage can be a great investment, as independent plans are often cheaper than manufacturer plans, offer more comprehensive coverage, and can be purchased at any time. However, it’s important to note that many warranty companies will only cover certain models of Teslas.
Learn more about CarShield coverage in our complete CarShield review, and get a free quote personalized to your vehicle below. We recommend comparing CarShield’s plan side-by-side with Tesla extended warranty coverage from the dealer.