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Cars With Driver-Assist Tech Cost More To Repair

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Remember those driver-assist tech options that you oh-so willingly agreed to when you bought your car? Well, it looks like they are going to cost you more in terms of repair and maintenance. A study by the AAA found out that the average cost of repairing those fancy cameras and sensors was about twice that of cars without them.

To determine this, the organization examined three 2018 model-year cars with a large amount of safety assist systems: the Nissan Rogue, the Toyota Camry, and the Ford F-150. They also researched the costs of the parts and the costs to properly install these systems. These two aspects are expensive because the components are pricey by themselves and the installation has to take more time because of the sensitivity of the systems thus, there are more labor costs.

It is significant to install and calibrate the systems properly so they can perform their functions well. Sensors and cameras ended up costing anywhere between $500 and $2,050 each.

That amount is only for one type of sensor. If your car has plenty of safety systems, it will likely have different sensors all in the same areas. This means that a simple fender bender can cost you dramatically. A light tap at the front can damage your ultrasonic parking sensors ($500 to $1,030), the front camera for your parking screen ($500 to $1,100), and radar sensors for adaptive cruise control ($900 to $1,300).

Windshields with sensors behind the glass are naturally more expensive, too. The windshields, after all, have to meet higher standards for clarity to ensure that the cameras will get to see through them. In the event of a damage, you will also have to recalibrate those components, which the AAA said could cost $1,200 to $1,600.

Of course, these are not meant to dissuade you from signing up for a lot of these safety tech features. In many cases, these systems can prevent fender benders, collisions, and many more. The features are worthwhile, but be prepared in case the systems get damaged.


Production of Tesla Model Y To Start In 2020

Now that Elon Musk has approved the production of a prototype of the Tesla Model Y, we can, therefore, proceed to expect the mass production to begin sometime in 2020. There’s no word on an official date for the debut but if Musk’s tweets are any indication, it looks like we’re going to see the prototype by the middle of next year.

During Tesla’s third-quarter earnings calls earlier this week, the CEO let out that he approved Model Y’s prototype to enter production but that does not mean that volume production will begin by late 2019, which he previously hinted would be the timeline. On May 24, this year, in a series of tweets, Musk said that Tesla could unveil Model Y “from late this year to mid next year, so March 15 is about right.”

Model Y’s production has been delayed because Tesla apparently was not starting new vehicle production to first achieve GAAP profitability. During the earnings call, the electronic vehicle company announced that it achieved a $312-million profit during the third quarter of 2018.

When it comes to other projects, Musk focused on the significant progress the company made on the Semi and the next-generation Roadster. He then talked about Tesla’s upcoming pickup truck, which he believed is going to be “some next level stuff.”

It is not yet clear where Tesla plans to build the Model Y, though it is very possible that it can share the assembly line with the Model 3 in the automaker’s Fremont factory. Both cars will share the same platform. However, since the Fremont facility is nearing its capacity of 7,000 vehicles per week, it is very possible that Model Y’s production could move someplace else, possibly even China, where Tesla has a new Gigafactory in eastern Shanghai province. The facility will be built on a 534-square-mile land and it will cost around $2 billion.


Tesla Increases Price of Mid-Range Model 3 By $1,000

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Tesla increased the price of its recently announced mid-range Model 3 by $1,000, bringing the new total to $47,200 from $46,200. This is not a major price hike, but it’s unusual to increase the price of a car only a few days after it goes on sale.

The long-range dual-motor Model 3 will still start at $54,200, including destination fee while the mid-range rear-drive Model 3 will sell for the new price tag of $47,200. If you visit Tesla’s online configurator, the price change is live there.

It was just last week that Tesla announced the sale of the mid-range Model 3 in a bid to make the electric vehicle accessible to more drivers. It did not specify a reason for the price increase, though.

The mid-range Model 3 has an estimated range of 260 miles and can run from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, or so at least it claims.

This model should not be confused with the long-rumored base Model 3 that will be priced at $35,000. Tesla boss Elon Musk said on Thursday that the automaker still can’t deliver its promise of a $35,000 Tesla. While that is still their goal, Musk said there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to produce a $35,000 base Model 3 that will have a “positive gross margin.”

During the conference call for Tesla’s third quarter financial results, in which the company posted positive sales margin, Musk said that the base model might arrive in six months. Or at least, that’s the timeline the Tesla CEO has given us for now. Previously, Tesla said that the base version of the Model 3 will be available as soon as four months but it looks like the plan will be delayed once more.

The company will also have to completely redesign a battery pack for the $35,000 Model 3 instead of repurposing a bigger battery like what they did for the mid-range model.


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