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TeslaFi – Tesla Owners’ Favorite Features

TeslaFi is an interesting product that is often debated about on the various Tesla blogs and forums (click here for our list of the best ones). TeslaFi can provide drivers with accurate information regarding trip length, duration, elevation changes, cost of power used for the trip, and several other data points. Most forum contributors who have it seem to think it is worth the cost. As of the date of this writing, a subscription will run you about 5 bucks a month. Here we take a look at what TeslaFi features Tesla owners’ like best. That is the Question… Do you NEED TeslaFi? The answer to that question is a resounding no. There are many many Tesla drivers who don’t use the service and seem to be getting along just fine. Several of the participants on the various Tesla for...

Where to Buy a Model 3 Aero Wheel Cap Kit

We’ve discussed the best places to buy a replacement emblem for as well as where to source parts for your Tesla in the past. Today we would like to take a look at where you can buy a Model 3 aero wheel cap kit. Adding new wheel caps to your aero wheels can improve your car’s appearance for a relatively reasonable price. While there is some debate about whether it’s better to have them installed professionally or to do it yourself, most agree that a new aero wheel cap kit is a solid investment. Tesla Service Center Several contributors to the Tesla Motors Club forum recommend buying from Tesla and having the Tesla service center put them on. It looks as if most people who have gone this route have been able to do so for around $50…not too shabby! One user posted a pi...

Best Places To Find a Tesla Model 3 Spoiler

Looking for a Tesla Model 3 spoiler? We may be able to help… I have to admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of spoilers on cars. I used to have a 1971 Ford Mustang that had a spoiler on the back that looked pretty cool but I’ve never really gone out of my way to put one on subsequent cars. As it turns out, I am certainly in the minority. A recent study conducted predicts that the rear-spoiler for automobiles market will grow by almost 7% between now and 2025. This sizable jump is largely due to increased demands for product in Asia and other emerging markets. Spoiler Alert!  Okay, I admit that was pretty terrible… Anywho, if you’re looking for an aftermarket spoiler for your Tesla Model 3, here are some excellent locations to look. eBay We mentioned ebay as a goo...

Best Places to Find Tesla Aftermarket Accessories and Parts

We’ve made suggestions on accessories to consider and places to find parts for your Tesla in the past. Today we take a bit more of a holistic approach to finding various Tesla aftermarket items. Back in April of this year, a participant named “Michael 101” posed the following question to the Tesla Motors Club forum: “Hi All, What are the best aftermarket parts for a Model S? I just bought a CPO 2015 Model S 90D. This is my 2nd Model S and so I knew I needed Norm’s cubby drawer. I also bought Norm’s parcel shelf butler. I found a used OEM Tesla center console online and am buying it, I heard Taptes falls apart and I don’t care for the Evanex design. I also bought the Chademo adapter direct from Tesla. What other accessories are must haves?” An excellent questio...

Best Tesla Trip Planners

We previously discussed the best all-electric vehicle (EV) trip planners as well as the best Nissan Leaf trip planners. While the lessons learned in these articles can be utilized by anyone with an EV, we realize that they were not specifically geared towards Tesla drivers. In an effort to cover all the bases, here are the best Tesla trip planners. Accuracy Matters A kind-looking gentleman by the name of “Dave B” posted the following to the Tesla Motors Club forum last year: “I’ve got a few trips coming up, and I was wondering if the more experienced owners could share their thoughts on the best way to guess how long a trip will take. Do you go with Tesla’s trip planner (Go Anywhere | Tesla) or EV Trip Planner? (EV Trip Planner) I’ve got an upcoming trip...

Best Ways to Protect Tesla Model 3 Paint

You love your new Tesla Model 3. It’s your baby. Your pride and joy. What’s not to love? Model 3s are revolutionary in the fact that they combine Tesla’s engineering marvels with a price that most people can afford. So how do you keep it looking brand-spanking new? How do you keep your new car looking its best without breaking the bank? Here we will discuss the best ways to protect Tesla Model 3 paint. The Forum in All Its Glory Regular readers know that I love the Tesla Motors Club forum, as I have mentioned several times before. A forum participant by the name of “Railhawk52” posted the following last year that I found interesting: “I’m really on the fence on getting paint protection for my Model 3. On the one hand I want the car to stay nice and look ...

How to Program HomeLink Without a Remote

In May of this year, Tesla infuriated some when they decided to discontinue HomeLink for all new standard Model 3s. The feature is still available as an option for around $300. In an internal memo to sales staff, Tesla management stated the following: “Starting today, HomeLink will be removed from Model 3 Premium interior cars in North America. With this change, all Model 3 cars will no longer be equipped with HomeLink. Model 3 customers interested in upgrading to HomeLink can purchase on our Tesla shop here. Upon purchasing, this upgrade requires installation from service.” It isn’t abundantly clear what prompted the change in policy, although profit margins are always a culprit. HomeLink is a handy feature and there is no doubt that some customers will choose to opt for...

Tesla Battery Replacement Cost: How Much

In previous articles, we’ve mentioned that anxiety relating to all-electric vehicle (EV) battery replacement is a real phenomenon. Among EV owners and potential owners, this worry is second only to concerns about range. Many people seem to be apprehensive about pulling the trigger on an EV because of this. I readily admit that I worry about having to replace the battery in my Nissan Leaf one day. Being a true EV, Teslas are no exception. Here’s what you should know when it comes to Tesla battery replacement cost. Warranties Still Going Strong Good news: your Tesla is almost certainly still under warranty. From Tesla’s official website: “The Battery and Drive Unit in your vehicle are covered for a period of: Model S and Model X – 8 years (with the exception of the or...

XPEL Ultimate Wrap Cost For My Tesla

We discussed several options for protecting your Tesla last week. There are benefits to coating your car in ceramic as well as the more expensive ceramic wrapping. If you’ve decided to pull the trigger on the more expensive option, here’s what you can expect when it comes to XPEL Ultimate cost. Model X Like most products, the cost of your XPEL Ultimate wrap will vary by location. A brief review of this thread found in the Model X section of the Tesla Motors Club forum revealed that prices can change dramatically based on where you get the work done. User “Debaser” asks: “I was just quoted $6500 plus tax for a complete bumper to bumper wrap of my MX, which includes seat backs and headlamps. Is this a good price for the Nashville metro area, or any area, really?...

How to Reboot Your Tesla Model 3

Are you interested in learning how to reboot your Tesla Model 3? First, let me tell you a little story… I had to call tech support from my office the other day. Our conversation went something like this: Tech Guy: “Good morning, this is tech support. How can I help you?” Me: “Good morning. I’m having trouble accessing my network drive.” Tech Guy: “Okay sir, I can help you with that. Did you try restarting your computer?” Me: “RESTARTING MY COMPUTER? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? THE NETWORK DRIVE IS NOT BEING RECOGNIZED? HOW IS IT GOING TO HELP TO RESTART MY COMPUTER?!!!!” Tech Guy: “Sir, will you please stop screaming and try it.” Me (after restarting my computer): “That worked, thanks a bunch!” Cars + Compu...

7 Must Have Tesla Model 3 Accessories

With the growing popularity of Tesla’s Model 3 sedan, a growing number of accessories have hit the market. I took to Twitter to ask owners which Model 3 accessories are on their “must have” list. The responses did not disappoint. 1. Center Console Wrap. Due to the standard piano black interior option, which folks complain shows scratches, finger prints, and dust too easily, there are several options to wrap your center console. Performance Model 3 owner Kim P. chose this sleek white carbon fiber option from EV Wraps to compliment her all white interior. 2. USB Flash Drive. You’ll definitely want to take advantage of the dash cam and Sentry Mode that allows you to capture video footage from your vehicle. To do so, you must insert a USB flash drive, formatted as FAT32...

Best Tesla Model 3 Floormats

Floormats. Few other topics have been the center of such interest and heated discussion. Who can forget the Great Floormat Dispute of 1789? How about the Floormat Wars in the 15th century that cost so many their lives? Okay, so floormats aren’t the most exciting thing to talk about. Still, they are important. If you think about it, you use your floormats every single time you get in the car. In an effort to stop the intense fighting and increase the peace, here’s a look at the best Tesla Model 3 floormats. As Always, Consult the Tesla Motors Club Forum Shots were fired on the Tesla Motors Club forum (have I mentioned lately how much I love that place), when user “gunners123” posed the following question: “Hi All, Trying to decide which floor mat to buy. Seems ...