Once you have bought your Tesla, whether that is a Model S, Model X or Model 3, there are a number of accessories that may be prudent to buy, including those to deal with punctures, charging, security and maintaining the car. We list them here together with the reason why, alternatives if there are any and a handy link to where you can get them.
Your Tesla will not come with a spare tire, nor does it come with run flat tires, so if you get a puncture and you are potentially stuck. Tesla offer a service where they will tow you up to 50 miles and possibly bring you a replacement wheel if you're near a service centre, but this has a couple of problems. Firstly, you may be over 50 miles from anywhere you know, and secondly, tire places close overnight which is when you most want to get somewhere safely.
Unfortunately Tesla are increasingly shipping acoustic tyres which have a foam lining and this prevents the goo found in some tire repair systems getting to the hole. We therefore recommend a compressor only like the Kensun Portable Air Compressor . This can be used at home or from the car 12c system and if you do get a flat, in many cases this will top the air up enough to get you home.
Even a slow flat can be a pain if you are a long way from home and many recovery companies use a kit like the Dynaplug tire puncture repair kit. With this you can push an repair into the tire to fill the leak and and slow down the loss or pressure. In some instance it can fix the tire completely although it is worth getting it checked out when convenient.
Your car means a lot to you and for many owners a Tesla represents the most expensive car they may have purchased, so keeping it clean and protected seems a natural thing to do. We've written a guide to how we do it that balances looking after the car and making it reasonably efficient, and these are the products we recommend.
You've spent a lot of money on you Tesla and you want to keep it look its best. MEGUIAR'S have been making car care protucts for years and for the home enthusiast we recommed them and this MEGUIAR'S G55032SP Complete Car Care Kit is a great way to start. Ideal to treat yourself or it makes a great gift.
A decent power wash is pretty much essential to getting a clean car and as Teslas are pretty long, a long hose comes in handy. We recommend the AIPER Electric Pressure Washer with Long, Hose Reel, Adjustable Nozzle and Spray, Orange as a good example of a power wash for home use.
Its not just the inside of the car that needs looking after. Whether its dirty boots or pets, here are some idea.
The Tesla Model 3 SR+ with the semi premium interior does not come with floor mats. You could of course buy the Tesla official mats or you can buy these Heavy Duty & Flexible Eco-Friendly All Season Model 3 floor mats. They come well rated and being rubber can take pretty tough use.
We all put rubbish in the trunk from time to time, well this 3D MAXpider Custom Fit All-Weather Cargo Liner maybe just the thing to keep it clean and protect the carpet from getting wet. Other sizes are available for other models of Tesla.
A cheaper alternative to the 3D Maxspider is the Tesla Model 3 Trunk Mats Custom Cargo Liner All Weather Trunk Protection Mat. Its not as well finished as the 3D Maxspider but for occasional use it may be all you need.
The existing Model 3 trunk support only opens the trunk a small amount. By replacing the existing struts with these BougeRV Tesla Model 3 Trunk Lift, the trunk will fully open. They're relatively cheap and pretty easy to fit in about 10 mins.
Tesla security is pretty good with pin to drive and the ability to track your car from the phone app, however its not fool proof and additional security measures may be worth taking. Cars equipped with sentry mode also need a suitable storage device as many cheap memory sticks are just not up to the job.
Sometimes the best deterent to a theft is an obvious physical one that everyone understands. The Steering Wheel Lock has been around for years and while not the prettiest deterent it is effective. At least this one is in red.
When using sentry mode or the dash cam, the car requires a storage device of some form to keep the video clips. These devices get a lot of writes and rewrites and a traditional memory stick will typically be either too slow or fail over time with the repeated use. Better devices are those used for either constant writes and rewrites such as Solid state hard drives or memory cars designed for video recording. A popular solid state drive is the Samsung T5 USB External Solid State Drive which is even available in a colour close to the Tesla red. If you would prefer something smaller, then a memory car such as the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC Memory Card with a write speed of up to 90MB/s coupled with a quality USB memory card reader is a far better choice than a dedicated USB memory stick.
You can opt for an expensive professional installed tracker, but we'd recommend the GPS Tracker - Optimus 2.0 Bundle. It's battery powered and only needs recharging every 1 to 2 weeks. This will keep you informed even if the Tesla SIM is ripped out of the car which is something that can be done in seconds, especially on an MS and MX. Its a backup in case you are worried about your car being stolen.
Your car will come with pretty much everything you need to charger the car, but there are occasions when you may need a helping hand. The most typical is when using the universal mobiles charger or UMC and you need a longer reach to get to a socket. Here are some suggestions.
The slowest way to charge your car is to use the Tesla supplied UMC which comes as stabndard with a NEMA 5-15 adapter. While this is not the fastest way to charge, the bigger issue can often be access. We recommend a heavy duty power cable such as Tripp Lite Power Cord Extension Cable. Alternatively buy some of the alternative connectors from Tesla and a suitable power extension lead with a higher capacity. When charging the UMC will take a continual current for some time so make sure the cables are heavy duty and fit for purpose.
And finally here are a few more items that you might just like. Whether its gifts for people or accessories we just couldn't place in one of our other categories! We trust you find them useful suggestions:
Do you miss your Tesla when in the office? Now you can be reminded with this great Tesla Black Mug.. It looks great in our eyes and would make a great present for that Tesla obsessed person in your household.
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