Why Tesla Auto Body Shop Collision Repair Certification Should Matter to You

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When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.

—Elon Musk

This weekend, for the first time in 10 years, the United States launched a manned rocket into orbit from Cape Canaveral, with the aim of docking with the International Space Station. This feat was a joint effort by NASA, a government-funded organization, and a private company that goes by the name of Space Exploration Technologies (better known as SpaceX for short). The success of this launch is due, in large part, to the cost-saving innovations in rocketry by SpaceX engineers—one of the most impressive of which is the use of a reusable Falcon booster rocket. Yet, when somebody has a breakthrough innovation, it is usually a combined cascade of events. “Very rarely, is it one little thing,” according to Elon Musk, the CEO/CTO of SpaceX. “It’s usually a whole bunch of things that collectively amount to a huge innovation.”

SpaceX Falcon launch, May 2020
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station for the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission.
Image credit: NASA TV.

Innovation at Tesla Motors

Tesla car rechargingMost people familiar with SpaceX and Elon Musk know that he is also the CEO, product architect, and co-founder of Tesla, Inc., one of the world’s most innovative automobile manufacturing companies. One of the things that sets Tesla apart from other car companies is that it is the only one to offer all-electric vehicles exclusively. But again, “It’s usually a whole bunch of things that collectively amount to a huge innovation.” Here are just a few of Tesla’s automotive innovations:

  • With adaptive cruise control enabled, a Tesla will slow down if there is a car in front of you, and accelerate to your cruise speed when the road ahead is clear.
  • When parking, your Tesla will automatically spot a suitable location as you slowly drive by, and will automatically park for you if you so desire. If you are parking manually, your Tesla will tell you (in inches) how far away or close by objects around you are in relation to the vehicle.
  • Tesla’s autopilot feature is pretty much the closest thing to full-autonomous tech in consumer road cars today.
  • Tesla cars simplify driving by replacing almost all controls with a graphical user interface (GUI) operated by a touchscreen. This allows for a highly configurable car while also reducing production costs and maintenance costs, since there are fewer buttons and dials to buy and install.

Tesla vehicle controls display

In addition, when you buy a Tesla electric vehicle (EV) one of the key savings over the life of the car comes from significantly less maintenance for the EV compared to an internal combustion engine (ICE). Simply put, an EV just has a battery, an inverter, and one or two induction motors. These need little maintenance over the life of the car. Since it doesn’t use internal combustion to power the vehicle, a Tesla EV has no transmission, no starter system, no fuel system, no ignition system, no exhaust system, and no generating system to keep the battery charged. You have no emissions tests, no oil changes, no transmission fluid changes, no engine air filter or fuel filter changes, and so on. Fewer things can go wrong, and fewer things need regular maintenance.

Fixing the Car of the Future

As you can imagine, building “car of the future” like a Tesla requires a futuristic factory:

But what happens if the unthinkable happens? What if your beautiful, super-safe, “smart” Tesla automobile is somehow damaged by hailstones, falling tree branches, collision by a careless driver, poor road conditions, or just plain back luck?

Considering all the high-tech innovation that goes into building and maintaining your Tesla, it stands to reason that the average mechanic will be out of his or her depth when it comes to repairing a Tesla. Engaging the services of a Tesla-certified repair shop is not just advisable, it is a necessity.

To maintain the safety, resale value, and warranty on the vehicle, a damaged Tesla must be repaired by a Tesla Certified auto collision body shop—like Keri Coach Works. Because our technicians have been trained specifically by Tesla Motors itself, they understand the full range of advanced technologies built into every Tesla automobile, and what to do if any component is damaged in an accident.

Tesla demands only the most exacting standards from its Body Shop Network members. For that reason, Keri Coach service technicians have undergone thorough schooling and rigorous testing at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, to ensure that they are superbly trained and equipped to handle every aspect of your car’s repair, from basic structure to final finish, using only approved tools and OEM replacement parts. Tesla collision repair training includes:

  • Electrical Fundamentals: Introduction to basic electrical terms, concepts, and safety information.
  • HV Disablement: Key concepts, procedures, and safety considerations for performing high voltage disablement on each model.
  • Pyrotechnic Battery Disconnect: Key concepts, procedures, and safety considerations for replacing the pyrotechnic fuse.
  • Software Toolbox: Utilizing software connecting a computer to a Tesla vehicle for diagnostic and service purposes.
  • Mechanical, Electrical and Trim: Vehicle behavior, component locations and control, and key safety information for common repair work.
  • Structural Repair: Vehicle overview, substrate preparation, repair allowances including tooling and consumables, repair procedure reference, finishing work, and practice locating service information.
  • Aluminum & Steel Structural Welding: Fundamentals of materials and welding, with emphasis on defective welds and corrective actions, and including mechanical and electrical setup and configuration of the welder to meet Tesla specifications.
  • Rivet Fasteners: Tool familiarization, setup and installation, and care and maintenance.

As a member in good standing of the Tesla Approved Body Shop Network, Keri Coach Works is totally invested in and committed to keeping your Tesla car as flawless, functional, and safe today as on the day you first purchased it. Whether you need basic cosmetic work, mending of a minor fender-bender, or extensive repair from a major collision, Keri Coach Works can do it all—and do it right.

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