Nothing in this life is guaranteed except death, taxes … and Teslas.
Elon Musk’s firm is apparently so confident its autonomous electric cars are built to last that some dealerships in Asia have begun offering customers a manufacturer-approved “lifetime insurance and maintenance package at the time of purchase,” according to Mashable. The insurance and maintenance package — which also covers constantly evolving Tesla’s autopilot mode — inflates the purchase price of the car, but by what amount is unclear. Tesla has already shown a willingness to commit to owners for the long haul (models that were purchased before January 15th of this year included a lifetime of free supercharging at stations across the nation for an added price), and this move seems like more of the same.
"It’s our vision in the future that we’ll be able to offer a single price for the car, maintenance and insurance in a really compelling offering for the consumer," said Tesla president of global sales Jonathan McNeill. "And we’re currently doing that today."
When the all-in-one deal will arrive in the U.S. is a bit murky, but we’d bet it won’t be long.
Musk has a lot of money, and he usually puts it where his mouth is.