You can’t use Tesla’s Supercharger network if you have a previously wrecked and rebuilt Tesla with a salvaged title. The company blocked access back in 2020, but now it looks like enthusiasts and DIY mechanics might be in luck. Tesla could soon allow salvaged vehicles to charge up.
For those unaware, in 2020, Tesla banned salvaged title vehicles from charging on its network and cited safety issues as its reason. And while we understand the thought process here, plenty of Teslas with perfectly safe repairs should be able to take advantage of its ever-expanding Supercharger network.
According to Electrek, some internal Tesla documents outline an upcoming policy and procedure change. The document reportedly mentions that Tesla is busy establishing a new inspection process, and if salvaged models pass inspection, they’ll be able to fast-charge.
Electric cars are expensive and difficult to repair, and insurance companies are quick to total a vehicle with minor damage. When that happens, rebuilders can buy the Tesla, fix it, and have a fully functioning vehicle. As you can see in the image above, that car likely has no damage to the charging system, which would be frustrating for any owner.
From what we’re hearing, Tesla is putting in a new system for all models that will essentially be a two-step inspection to confirm the high-voltage battery pack and all charging components are in safe working order. Furthermore, if an element fails inspection, there will be an optional diagnosis process and rectification.
This is good news all around, and we’ll keep an eye out for more details once the system is live.