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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  • Me M
    Me M  2 hours ago

    Crafty fellow... Applaud his work. But.... Automotive Industry 101. Companies need to make money to exist. Tesla makes minuscule profit , if any, on every car sold. Parts and service are the only ways of making money in the car industry. Battery technology / efficiency / costing is not profitable yet and wont be for quite a while. This dude is a future hot rodder and it’s awesome, but if Tesla did everything this guy wanted, the brand wouldn’t exist. Maybe in a decade or two, when battery technology and manufacturing is actually profitable.

  • Moore Doc911
    Moore Doc911  6 hours ago

    Should repair them

  • Moore Doc911
    Moore Doc911  6 hours ago

    Tesla should give you an awored for fixing them cars first time seeing one incredible cars

  • Gregory Ashton
    Gregory Ashton  8 hours ago

    This guy makes puns without realising it: “I was dead in the water” when talking about a flood damaged car. “I just lit up” when talking about a car that caught fire.

  • goober rownowsky
    goober rownowsky  8 hours ago

    Very interesting video by a very intelligent man, but after watching this I'd never own a TESLA.

  • Ian
    Ian  13 hours ago

    consumers should have the choice to take their car to Johnny's corner body shop or the dealership. But I don't believe companies should be required to sell parts to anyone. It is terrible business ethics to just refuse to offer parts to fix broken parts but I think forcing companies to sell parts is wrong.

  • Biosintech67
    Biosintech67  18 hours ago

    Talk about Democracy! Tesla is probably related to Trump, Make America Great Again.

  • Ms.J 813
    Ms.J 813  18 hours ago

    I love this mans intelligence, but Im not impressed with Tesla.

  • Spring Podcast Studios

    Re airbag: you reminded Tesla that they don't own everything in the cars they sell.

  • DeLeon Stephen
    DeLeon Stephen  18 hours ago

    Well done sir

  • Rod D.
    Rod D.  yesterday

    Way to go bro.
    Where in Mass? Would love to meet.

  • Rashad Marie
    Rashad Marie  yesterday

    First gangsta nerd I've ever seen.👍

  • Brett Plowman
    Brett Plowman  yesterday

    What a great "genius" guy :).

  • Johnny SwaG
    Johnny SwaG  yesterday

    That's just totally UNAMERICAN

  • lars henrikson
    lars henrikson  yesterday

    Some serious passion here,this guy is what the world is short of right now.

  • north wiebesick

    So I read at the end of the video, that tesla basically said that you could repair it yourself but they say only qualified mechanics/technicians should do it... question is, do they consider you to be one???

  • Project Yeti
    Project Yeti  yesterday

    Fascinating. Keep up the good work.

  • Tom Sawyer
    Tom Sawyer  yesterday

    This dud just build a car seriously

  • 加賀
    加賀  yesterday

    Louis Rossmann of tesla
    except not shit at soldering

  • Curtis Reese 2969

    I would love to have this guy in my family so he can fix our cars, and teach me something.