Tesla owner claims after his battery died he was locked out and has to pay $26,000 for battery replacement


A Tesla owner has revealed that after being locked out due to a battery failure in his high-tech car, he was told a new battery would cost $26,000.

A Canadian, Mario Zelaya, took to TikTok to reveal what happened to him, calling his $140,000 Tesla vehicle “trash after the car auto-locked after the battery failed”.

The owner presented his point of view saying that he decided to sell the car after facing a battery failure as he was unwilling to pay a large sum to replace a battery. He also said, “I will never buy another Tesla, that’s the long way I say, stay away from Tesla. It’s brutal cars, brutal manufacturing, and worse, it’s a 10-year-old company.

Therefore, it was a dire situation for him as the ownership papers were inside the car and the car was completely locked after the battery failed and he could not sell the car.

He said he spoke with another Tesla owner, who said he had the same issues with the car’s battery. Tesla terminated the owner’s Uber credits, according to Zelaya, while the car was being repaired. “Tesla is trying to sweep it under the rug,” he said. “They won’t give them any explanation why their battery died.”

After revealing the situation, some people suggested that Zelaya disassemble the car manually to gain access to it but he refused, saying he “didn’t have time for that”. Fortunately, he was able to obtain a copy of the documents for $30 elsewhere.

The frustrated driver said that although he bought the car in 2013, his model and additional 2014 models have a fault that causes fluid to spill onto their batteries, which can cost owners thousands of dollars.

Furthermore, he also added that “I got Transport Canada involved, and they investigated the car. Not only did they investigate this car, but they’re also going to do one that Tesla doesn’t realize is coming. “Tesla is trying to sweep it under the rug,” he said. “They won’t give them any explanation why their battery died.”

Additionally, he said Tesla services do not include battery checks and exacerbate the pre-existing problem in the models. Luckily, Zelaya was able to sell the unwanted car, and he revealed in another TikTok that “the new owner intends to dismantle the car for recharging.”

However, Zelaya is not the first person to criticize the vehicles, according to Fox News, in August Norwegian car owners desperately tried to draw Elon Musk’s attention to problems with their vehicles by participating in a hunger strike.

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