The Rogue Tesla Mechanic Resurrecting Salvaged Cars

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  • Published on:  Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Rich is a car enthusiast whose passion is to find wrecked Teslas, bring them back to life, and then share his repair adventures on his YouTube channel Rich Rebuilds.

    When he found out that Tesla would not service or support his salvaged cars, he took it upon himself to scour the internet and harvest working parts from several busted Teslas. He Frankensteined them together until his creations were fully operational, at a fraction of what it would cost to buy a new or certified pre-owned Tesla.

    Motherboard travels to Massachusetts to meet with the rogue mechanic leading a grassroots movement of DIY fixers who are taking back the right to repair the things they own.

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  • HOLD FAST  (Jul 27, 2018))

    This guy. I like this guy.

  • Selfmade Skrilla  (Feb 15, 2019))

    I literally just said this in my mind

  • Nomit  (Jan 19, 2019))

    Thats what i said too man😂

  • Lucid Dev Team  (Nov 17, 2018))

    How do we know he's not just Elon Musk in disguise?

  • Rapid One  (Jan 29, 2019))

    meme master trumpster alert! Ding dong ding aling👌

  • _ _  (Jan 29, 2019))

    Now I can’t stop thinking of Elon Musk applying blackface

  • Robert Blackshear  (Dec 17, 2018))

    Anyone capable of putting one of these back together becomes an expert upon completion. Stop hating.

  • Stefan Vulin  (Feb 5, 2019))

    God bless people like this guy, He's actually protecting our rights.

  • Jeffery Williams  (Jan 22, 2019))

    Dude your name.. DAMN.... The new James Bond. lol.. Great comment sir.

  • Rick Joneshy  (Jan 22, 2019))

    My father said one thing which changed my life..He said "If man made it, then man can fix it"...Words I live by.

  • Nachecko  (3 days ago))

    That's why you got Mech.s/ engineer mech.s to replace & fix the problems, Humans build machines. I love fixing all my vehicles, personally. My Dad taught me better than the school, He schooled me how to use my talents, school stop me from getting cheated. With a engineer mech. fixing things is like a hobbit, we love and know make money. We see broken things as a challenge & goal depending on the situation, Mech.s  sometimes have there pick in things they will fix. When things broke that's how w...

  • David Elliott  (4 days ago))

    The flip side "If man made it, then man will break it".

  • taxid3rmy  (Dec 19, 2018))

    Wow! 2.3K dislikes...Now we know what Tesla executives get paid to do

  • Skæbnesvanger  (6 days ago))

    It's because of VICE, I think. They sold their soul long ago.

  • Rich Campus  (Jan 21, 2019))

    Nice insigjt! ☻

  • Speed Comparer  (Jul 29, 2018))

    This is the most positive guy I have ever seen!

  • Don Alejo  (Jan 2, 2019))

    Besides magic Johnson

  • Richard Loveday  (Aug 23, 2018))

    Nick Cazares check out zelectric and their website. ...they doing vintage volkswagens in san Diego. ...I agree...a True 21st century restore Rod SHOULD BE tesla 100KW tire burning powered....have you seen the back yard mechanic that built a 3.6 second to 60 mustang Electric Hotrod? ?? it is on here..really amazing....and on Netflix. .fastest car series..the first guy to make a really quick electric is cool and fast....

  • Vandal  (Dec 18, 2018))

    Wtf? The car is on a restricted vin list, and you cannot buy any parts, period? What kind of company does that? This is why we have gov't intervention, business cannot be trusted to do the right thing.

  • Itachi Uchiha  (Feb 15, 2019))

    MrWolfSnack so youre gonna compare a cellphone to a Tesla? lol

  • Peter Van Patten  (Feb 12, 2019))

    +Gabriel Hipolito ya but no risk = no reward.

  • suziepage1  (Dec 1, 2018))

    I wonder if Tesla employees are angry about this guy or silently love him...

  • linda Mendez  (Feb 14, 2019))

    +Tazhie Nunurbusinezz well there you have it people.

  • Jeffery Williams  (Feb 1, 2019))

    +Tazhie Nunurbusinezz PS I know my agreeing with you doesn't somehow make you feel better or Justify what you said just voicing an opinion based on your post not that you needed my acceptance or anything like that LOL

  • Cam Neptune  (Dec 28, 2018))

    I went into this video thinking I'd watch a few seconds of this. I'm immediately subscribing to his channel.

  • Antonio Martin  (Jan 26, 2019))

    Yep you won't be disappointed.

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  • Stuart Wall  (Dec 19, 2018))

    TESLA - this is an OPPORTUNITY not a threat!

  • Amp-Hibious  (Dec 27, 2018))

    if tesla ever expects to become a market leader in the future of cars, they need to help integrate 3rd party repair services with their proprietary hardware and software. they dont have the resources to franchise repair shops around the globe.