Seething Tesla Owner Told Needs $26,000 Battery To Unlock Car

A Tesla owner has been left outraged after being told he would need to pay out $26,000 for a new battery to be able to access the Tesla he was remotely locked out of.

Mario Zelaya was furious when his $140,000 Tesla supposedly automatically locked itself after the battery ran flat. Zelaya took to social media platform, TikTok, to rant about the debacle. He explained that he had been considering selling the car as he didn’t to pay for a new battery but was not able to as his proof of ownership document was inside the locked car.

Some other TikTok users commented advising Zelaya to take the car apart but he said that he did not have enough time to do that. Luckily for him, he was able to purchase a copy of the proof of ownership document for $30 and then managed to sell the Tesla for $19,000.

Zelaya even accused Tesla of shutting the car down remotely as this was not the first time he had taken to his social media to complain about the company and he had tried charging the car but it still wouldn’t unlock.


My opinion: Tesla shut down my car over the air because my videos after refusing to pay for a new battery. #tesla #car

♬ original sound – Mario Zelaya

Zelaya bought his Tesla in 2013 and it later turned out that it was part of a batch with a technical issue with fluid leaking into the battery. He said in the TikTok video:

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