Inspection Question PA

garsh

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why would a new car need a full on inspection?
Safety inspection. It's required by the state.

Most dealerships are also authorized inspection stations, and the car will be inspected before you buy it. But the Tesla service centers in PA are not authorized inspection stations.

To become one, they would have to provide the service to anyone with any kind of car. And that would include emissions testing. And that involves a bunch of equipment that is not required when all you do is fix Teslas. :)
 

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Safety inspection. It's required by the state.

Most dealerships are also authorized inspection stations, and the car will be inspected before you buy it. But the Tesla service centers in PA are not authorized inspection stations.

To become one, they would have to provide the service to anyone with any kind of car. And that would include emissions testing. And that involves a bunch of equipment that is not required when all you do is fix Teslas. :)
sucks to be in PA! many states have no inspections whatsoever and many of the ones that do require inspection usually assume that BRAND NEW cars don't need to be inspected for a few years. doesn't the tesla shops in PA recommend inspection stations that are familiar with teslas and know how to lift them without causing damage?
 

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which brings us back to the OP's question, why doesn't he seek out a shop recommended by tesla for his needs, then he be confident that the inspection process wouldn't be bad for his car
When I asked the people at that Tesla location for a recommendation, they only mentioned the one Firestone dealer close by. But that particular Tesla Service/Delivery center handles owners within something a 200-300 mile radius. That single Firestone dealer won't be convenient for many people. Luckily for me, it's only 5 miles away.
 

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When I asked the people at that Tesla location for a recommendation, they only mentioned the one Firestone dealer close by. But that particular Tesla Service/Delivery center handles owners within something a 200-300 mile radius. That single Firestone dealer won't be convenient for many people. Luckily for me, it's only 5 miles away.
which completes the circle, it sucks being in PA
 

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Many places probably do not have Model 3 jack pads (which are different from S and X), in which case they are likely to simply stick the arms (hopefully in correct positions) and lift on the edged metal pads. Shouldn't cause any real damage but is likely to leave a little minor scratching and denting around the jack points (that you will never see). My little local garage that I use (because they are very conscientious) was happy to use the jack pads that I provided.

When dropping my car off, I print a few pages from the manual and leave the jacking procedure on top. Other relevant pages are the lights (for inspection checks), tire nut torque rating, opening, starting, locking, driving, and make sure they know how to check the mileage. Note if you put in in valet mode, I think the main car menu wasn't available (at least in previous software) so had to use the trip computer to see mileage. Also notes like don't try to clean interior or exterior if you are picky like me. I also post frunk closing instruction in the frunk so they see it before closing.