Certified Tesla Repair Shop In Bellingham, Washington

A Brief History of Tesla

First established during the early 2000s, Tesla unveiled its first car, the Tesla Roadster, in 2008. The Roadster was one of the earliest electric cars to demonstrate modern electric car performance and the potential of lithium-ion battery technology. Since then, Tesla has gained widespread recognition for its electric vehicles.

Tesla, Inc. was named in honor of Nikola Tesla, the inventor known for his groundbreaking work in alternating current technology. The company’s innovative manufacturing strategies, highlighted by its Giga-Tesla factories, significantly boost the production efficiency of electric vehicles, batteries, and solar products around the world.

This vertically integrated model has allowed Tesla to reduce the cost of electric vehicles, making them more affordable for a wider range of consumers. Ultimately, these strategies have been instrumental in the company's remarkable success.

Tesla Today

Tesla cars are known for their impressive electric driving range, rapid charging capability, outstanding safety ratings, and some of the most cutting-edge automotive technology available on the market.

Many Tesla drivers enjoy the smooth driving performance, regular software updates, and the instant acceleration provided by the powerful electric motor. With its diverse lineup of SUVs and sedans, Tesla offers a diverse range of models to choose from.

Tesla Models We Service

Tesla Model 3: The Tesla Model 3 is one of its most popular midsize sedans, offering an affordable option within the electric vehicle market. It has notably earned a perfect five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and has been recognized as a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Tesla Model S: The Tesla Model S is a high-performance, electric liftback sedan that boasts an impressive mile range. Its most recent version allows up to 405 miles on a single charge, making it an exceptionally practical choice for long-distance electric driving.

Tesla Model X: The Tesla Model X is a high-performance SUV known for its distinctive Falcon Wing doors, impressive all-electric range, and being one of the first SUVs to achieve a five-star safety rating across all categories.

Tesla Model Y: With its sleek design, spacious interior, and impressive performance capabilities, the Tesla Model Y has quickly established itself as a popular choice in the electric vehicle market. The midsize SUV captured the attention of international automotive enthusiasts. As of 2022, it remains the world’s bestselling electric vehicle.

Other Makes and Models: In addition to our expertise with Tesla cars, Rod's Japanese Auto Care also has the experience and knowledge to service a wide range of Asian, European, and Domestic makes and models. Moreover, our seasoned professionals also work with conventional gasoline cars and hybrid vehicles.

Tesla Fun Facts

The Tesla Model S has gained widespread acclaim, winning multiple awards and attaining almost perfect scores in every safety rating and testing protocol. Additionally, the Model S was the first electric vehicle to reach a 300-mile range in extremely cold driving conditions.

Tesla's vehicles are often known for containing small Easter Eggs, such as rainbow-themed charging ports and amusing features within the infotainment system.

Tesla is poised to transform the trucking sector with its electric Semi Truck. The company is already receiving pre-orders from major firms eager to reduce their freight transportation carbon emissions.

Tesla is diligently working towards achieving complete autonomous driving capabilities in its vehicles. Ultimately, the company aspires to become recognized as the world's safest car manufacturer.

Tesla Maintenance Schedule: What Maintenance Does a Tesla Need?

Teslas typically require much less routine maintenance than their conventional gasoline or hybrid counterparts. This is because Tesla only produces battery electric vehicles, cars that are powered entirely by their electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. Battery electric cars eliminate the need for oil changes, fuel filters, spark plug replacements, or emission checks. Furthermore, they do not have an internal combustion engine. As a result, Tesla owners can typically save hundreds of dollars per year on maintenance costs.

Tesla Battery Replacement

While electric car maintenance is often focused on its battery, Tesla's impact reports suggest that their car batteries are designed to last the vehicle's lifetime, estimated to be around 300,000 to 500,000 miles (roughly 483,000 to 805,000 km in the US. However, federal regulations require all new electric cars to come with manufacturer battery warranties of 8 years or 100,000 miles. Notably, some Tesla models, including the Long Range and Performance trims, offer extended warranties of up to 8 years or 120,000-150,000 miles.

Tesla Maintenance Schedule

*Please note that some maintenance intervals can differ depending on the model year.

Schedule Tesla Maintenance
Every Day (or Every Time Before Driving) Check the car's battery charge level (usually displayed on the touchscreen), exterior lights, turn signals, brake and seatbelt functionality, etc.
Every Month Top up windshield wiper fluid if necessary, check air conditioning system
Every 6,250 miles (10,060 km) Tire rotation, balance, and wheel alignment
Every 12 Months or 12,500 miles (20,100 km) Clean and lubricate brake calipers, especially for cars in colder regions
Every 2 Years for Model 3, Model Y | Every 3 Years for Model S, Model X Replace the cabin air filter
Every 3 Years Replace High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter, replace air conditioning desiccant bag
Every 4 Years Get your brake fluid tested for contamination and replaced as needed

In addition to regular maintenance items, Tesla owners may also need to replace certain parts from time to time, including brake pads, windshield wipers, and low-voltage batteries. However, compared to their gasoline-powered counterparts, these parts typically last much longer in Tesla vehicles.

Bellingham’s Certified Tesla Mechanics

Washington State’s Leading Tesla Service Center

Every vehicle, regardless of its quality, will inevitably require routine maintenance. Teslas are no exception. From routine inspections and general maintenance to major repairs and replacements, Rod's Japanese Auto Care is equipped with the necessary skills and tools to cater to your Tesla’s specific speeds.

Rod's Japanese Auto Care has been providing Bellingham and other nearby communities with high-quality workmanship and exceptional service since 2002. We handle auto repair with respect and sensitivity, prioritizing customer dignity and satisfaction. Our shop is equipped with cutting-edge digital inspection and diagnostic tools. Regardless of make or model, our seasoned technicians can service most gasoline, hybrid, or electric cars.

Furthermore, our unwavering commitment to business integrity and transparency ensures that we only recommend essential repairs. Our advanced digital inspections provide customers with comprehensive diagnosis and repair information, empowering them to make informed decisions about their vehicles.

Why Locals Choose Rod's Japanese Auto Care

  • Work-Life Balance: We support team members in balancing their professional and personal commitments

  • Strong Company Culture: Emphasis on a positive, enjoyable work environment with regular team outings and activities

  • Job Security: Measures are in place to guarantee job stability for employees, irrespective of management presence

  • Career Growth: Opportunities for professional advancement are provided

  • Supporting Personal Goals: Individual goals for each team member, reflecting a culture of mutual support in achieving personal objectives

  • Team Growth: A culture of collaborative learning and growth is promoted, ensuring opportunities for all team members to expand their skills and knowledge

  • Training and Equipment: Investment in both in-house and external training, along with maintaining the latest industry standards and working with state-of-the-art equipment

  • Community Engagement: Our company's community involvement extends to actions like donating cars to those in need, demonstrating a positive impact beyond business operations

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Other Makes and Models We Service

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We are a Digital Shop

Our technicians use the latest technology to not only tell you if there are any issues with your vehicle, but show you. If we uncover an issue the photo will be e-mailed to you for your records. At the end of every visit you will receive a detailed report regarding the general health of your vehicle. Our #1 goal is to keep you safe on the road.

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