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Tesla owner blew up Model S instead of $22,600 repair bill

When faced with a repair bill that cost you the price you paid for your car, do you forgo expensive repairs, bring it to the junkyard, or sell it for parts? Finnish Tesla owner Tumas Katainen decided to do something more extreme – but arguably much more satisfying – when faced with such a situation: He saw his car go up in flames, as noted in one report. gizmodo,

Catanon handed over its 2013 Tesla Model S on YouTube to pommizatcat, a group of exploding experts who like to “boom” things after quoting $22,600 for a battery replacement. “Well when I bought that Tesla, the first 1,500 km [932 miles] Were good,” Catanen said. “Then, the error code hits.” When Catanon brought his Tesla to a mechanic, he learned that the only way to fix the car would be to replace the entire battery pack, which would cost him at least €20,000, or about $22,600.

I imagine one would be very disappointed at the time, given that the base price for a new 2013 Tesla Model S started at $57,400, later rising to $59,900 when the car first came out. Even a standard used model currently goes for the lowest $30,000. Maybe that’s why Catanon picked up the Tesla from the shop and told the mechanic that he would “blew up the whole car.”

For reference, these cars come with an eight-year (or up to 150,000 miles) battery and drive unit warranty, but warranties are beginning to expire on older models, revealing the potential cost behind a full battery replacement. in September, electrek A Tesla owner was informed of a battery replacement requirement on a Model S that was no longer under warranty. As noted in the report, he was quoted $22,500 from Tesla, but ended up receiving repairs for $5,000 from a third-party shop. Catanon’s quote was also from Tesla, and it’s not clear whether he had access to an alternative repair service.

Somehow, the group behind Pommijätkät tied 30 kg (66 lb) of dynamite to the car and parked it in an old mine in Jala, Finland. Even Elon Musk was there — well, at least in spirit. A crash test dummy with a helmet, thick winter jacket and a picture of Musk’s face was lowered by helicopter and then stuffed into the driver’s seat.

Catanon triggers the explosion from inside a nearby bunker, and Tesla erupts into a ball of fire, seemingly scattered thousands of pieces across the icy landscape. The group picks up what was left in the car, which amounts to a pile of scrap. Asked if he’s ever had so much fun behind the wheel of a Tesla, Catanon replied, “No, never had so much fun with a Tesla!”

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