Fear not, Tesla drivers. When you take your Model S into the shop and need a loaner car, you'll get... another Model S.

Tesla chief Elon Musk tells USA Today that the all-electric vehicle maker will set aside about 80 Model S vehicles specifically for customers who need to take their cars in for some work. And wait, there's more. Not only will Tesla make sure the loaners are the top-of-the-line, 265-mile single-charge range variety, but the company will even have Tesla folks bring them to customers' homes or offices to eliminate the need for the dreaded drive to the shop. Musk credits Lexus with the idea of making sure customers don't have to downgrade when they take their cars to the dealer garage. Considering you're paying $600 a year for Tesla's service plan, it's the least the company could do.

Earlier this month, Tesla said it had its first-ever profitable quarter for the first quarter and that it sold 4,750 cars through the end of March, 250 more than its sales target.


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      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Talk about luxury. When I take my crappy BMW for service (which happens once or twice a month), all I get is a drop off in their twenty year old bus. Oh, and don't forget to send a royalty check to Hyundai for copying their idea.
      ChrisH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Either their markup is much higher than they are letting on to, which I do not doubt, or they are running one heck of a loss lead here to keep the sales numbers up. While someone commented that their sales beat certain other models, this is not a large market and one model cannot sustain them. The question I have for this program is, how long do they expect people to be without their cars that they need to do delivery of loaners? Tire changes certainly don't involve this level of work but I do know some luxury dealerships that will come get your car and return it by lunch.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChrisH
        I think the idea is you are not without your car, even for a minute, and Tesla can put you in the newest, fully loaded model while your base model is being serviced. They are sold out and making profit, so their focus on the one model is great. If it takes them 3 days to rotate tires and I have a brand new car to drive, so be it.
      Ugo Sugo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm, so electric vehicles do break down. You guys have been telling me over and over that EV are much more reliable and do not need almost any servicing. Liars!!!
        A_Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ugo Sugo
        Tires need to be rotated no matter what the drivetrain.
        tump
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ugo Sugo
        God i'm tired of stupid people.
      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, these guys really get it. I remember taking in my Audi and getting a crappy VW loaner. Didn't seem right.
      Michael S
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, 4,750 units for the first three months of 2013. That makes it not only the best selling EV, but also the best-selling car over $75K. Model S in the US outsold S-Class, 7-series, A8, XJ, and LS; four-door coupes like CLS, 6-series, A7 and Panamera; as well as cheaper sedans like A6, XF, and GS. Not bad for a new car company.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      I gotta admit. If I made enough money to afford one of these, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
      tump
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is why dealer associations don't want Tesla making them look bad.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great idea. It also increases the number of used cars available down the road.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's also good to have a car ready for that person who says "I want one now." The current discount is 50 cents per mile on the car.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great service !
      motorhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought EVs never need any service ?
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @motorhead
        Tires always wear out. Also, its a good time to bring any software or hardware up to date. Coolant and brake fluid every 10 years or so.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @motorhead
        I guess you're dumb then.
        Eric2203
        • 1 Year Ago
        @motorhead
        What do you think happens in that car to make it move? Is it magic? Of course it needs service...
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