Shady mechanics and questionable repairs will get the boot
No oil changes. No non-warranty work for the first eight years and infinite miles. Free towing up to 500 miles. All of these service initiatives will help Tesla avoid having any non-Tesla-certified technicians work on its cars.
Plus, because of the perceived complexity of electric vehicles in general, Tesla will likely have greater control over repairs and maintenance once the warranty expires -- which means fewer questionable repairs from shade-tree mechanics. In the short term, the Tesla Model 3 has a big leg up on gas-propelled competition like the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. In time, though, as electric propulsion becomes more prevalent, you can expect the others to catch up.
Early deposits will result in better resale value
Tesla's $1,000 early deposit requirement greatly reduces the number of buyers with bad credit, which means fewer defaults, which means fewer used Model 3s on the market to depreciate the value. Fewer people with bad credit have the luxury of forking over a grand from their savings accounts a whole two years before they'll realistically get that car. Tesla's focus on consumers who already have the cash, savings, and patience to buy its product will help reduce the number of defaults and early lease terminations of the Model 3. Thus, there will be lower supply in the used-Model 3 market, helping resale values stay high. And as the anti-dealership model spreads to other manufacturers, so too will the early deposits and the scarcity of returned leases. Translation: your car's value won't drop off quite so fast.
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Steven Lang is an auto auctioneer, car dealer, and former part-owner of an auto auction near Atlanta, Georgia. Feel free to reach him directly at his Facebook page which you can find here.