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https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/22/tesla-wants-to-offer-vehicles-with-one-price-including-insurance-and-maintenance/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Techcrunch+(TechCrunch)

Essentially, your out the door price is all you will ever pay for your Tesla except for electricity and depending on the car, that may even be included.

Part of the argument is that insurance companies are not lowering insurance costs for a much safer, easier to fix/maintain vehicle. They might even be self insuring their product.

Seems like an interesting concept.
 

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Many simple collisions with little damage are getting billed $10k or more by "authorized body shops".

A medium collision will often scrap the car, and a significant collision always does.

These same kinds of repairs are often a fraction of what ICE cars cost. Getting sideswiped can scrap the car with no functional damage (car operates fine).
 

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https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/22/tesla-wants-to-offer-vehicles-with-one-price-including-insurance-and-maintenance/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Techcrunch+(TechCrunch)

Essentially, your out the door price is all you will ever pay for your Tesla except for electricity and depending on the car, that may even be included.

Part of the argument is that insurance companies are not lowering insurance costs for a much safer, easier to fix/maintain vehicle. They might even be self insuring their product.

Seems like an interesting concept.
It says "Asia" and no mention that it's coming to North America...In the states, insurance is one of the most heavily regulated entities and each state can have different regulations, some states still allow providers to offer rates based on your credit history and leaves it up to the provider to determine what number "good" credit really is...While rates generally always go up here, the older you get your rates often go down...There's simply no way to add a fixed insurance fee here unless the business model is changed first...
 

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The move of a company desperate for sales....

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With the model 3 arriving eventually, I'm sure many people are holding off buying the Model S. Tesla really needs to find a way to continue lowering prices, even on their bigger cars. $63.8k for the wimpiest configured model S is still too much for most people. Certainly there are some people who might want the S40 for $50K, especially if it has the 60 or 75 battery in it and with an extra payment, you can unlock the feature.
 

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I don't quite understand the relevance of maintenance costs, unless in these Asian markets "car insurance" includes stuff more akin to a "home warranty" in the US.

And before they get too confident about the safety advantages of Autopilot, they might want to read some of the customer accounts of the new AP2 systems. http://www.valuewalk.com/2017/02/tesla-new-autopilot-firmware-driving-drunk/
 

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I think it's not a bad idea. Any Chevy you buy comes maintenance free for two years; any Cadillac comes with maintenance free for four. But it seems a big deal if you expressly include it. So no cost to you really but seems like it's a big deal to consumers.

They could do a deal with an insurance company and make a markup on that as well.
 

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No, the move of a SMART company!
LoL Remember one of the many times when Chrysler was hurting for sales? They included ALL maintenance, down to the windshield wipers.

Car companies don't do things like this unless they need to move more product.

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The move of a company desperate for sales....

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Disagree. Tesla continuously thinks outside the box and we should applaud that.
 
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