In places with harsh winters where they use salt and sand on the road, some owners of Model 3 have reported a surprisingly rapid deterioration of the paint on the bottom of their cars – as illustrated above.
As with other cars, owners of Tesla Model 3 have turned to alternative products like Xpel paint protection film and even mud flaps.
Tesla has somewhat recognized the problem since it offered the “All Weather Protection Kit” free of charge to homeowners in colder climates:
“In some areas where salt, sand or gravel is used to improve winter road conditions, we provide the all weather protection kit to help protect your paint from stone chips – at no cost. Self-installation instructions are included. ”
The problem was mostly a problem in Quebec, Canada, where there are a lot of Model 3 owners with local incentives for electric vehicles and cheap electricity.
Local Model 3 owner Jean-François Bellerose decided to file a class action lawsuit against Tesla because they refused to fix his paint problems.
The trial indicates that Bellerose noticed an accelerated deterioration of paint on his model 3 of less than a year last February after going through his first winter.
He contacted Tesla about the problem, but the automaker refused to resolve the problem under warranty.
The owner of the Model 3 went to a body shop and received $ 4,700 to repair the paint and corrosion on the bottom of his car.
After several attempts to get Tesla to fix the problem, he decided to file a lawsuit against the automaker.
They are now looking for more Model 3 owners with the same problem to participate in the trial.
In the class action, they are asking Tesla to pay the difference between the price of the car and the reduced value due to the paint problems, which would essentially represent the cost of solving the problem, and an additional $ 500 each. owner. affected.
Here is the full trial (in French):
I understand that paint deterioration and corrosion can be affected by the specific use of the vehicle under certain different road conditions.
That said, I don’t think it’s normal for a car to see significant deterioration in paint in the year following its use and this is what many Model 3 owners report in Quebec and others cold weather markets.
Legally, I don’t know if Tesla is right here, but ethically, I think they should be doing more to help these owners than the free “All Weather Protection Kit”.
What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.
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