Ownership checklist

Ensure a fun and trouble-free Tesla ownership

​Important: Please check with your Tesla Delivery Specialist how much time he or she will allow you to go over the car. I’ve not heard of any problems before, but just in case, it’s best to ask them if it’s okay to use this checklist.

Range and charging
  • Checked my trip can be done with respect to charging stops. Considered locations of:
    • Tesla Superchargers
    • Tesla Destination Chargers
    • CHAdeMO compatible chargers
  • Considered the factors that affect range, and how these may affect my planned charging stops:
    • Use of a trailer
    • Driving speeds
    • Hills
    • Use of air conditioning
    • Outside temperature
    • Tire pressures
    • Snow and rain
    • Wind
    • External loads
    • Road types
  • Charge level is high, or 100%, before leaving
  • Packed the relevant charging cables and adapters
  • Got my non-Tesla charging point RFID tag
  • Tires are at optimum pressure
  • Packed a tire repair kit (inflator and sealer)
  • Packed a car jack
  • Tesla roadside assistance number is available
  • Packed the sunshade (Model X only)
  • Trunk luggage floor is in or out of the car, as needed
  • Cabin is pre-warmed/pre-cooled, ready for leaving
  • Packed a spare key fob/card, in case of loss
  • Winter driving gear is on board, such as:
    • Ice scraper
    • Snow brush
    • Silicon lubricant (for door seals)
    • Snow shovel
  • Packed some jumper cables (just kidding!)

  • I don’t keep the battery at 100% charge for long periods
  • My battery isn’t below 30% for long periods
  • For daily charges, I set the charge limit to between 50% and 90%
  • I don’t Supercharge/high speed charge as the only charging method

  • I’ve purchased a Tesla Maintenance Plan. (Model S and X only – Model 3 plans are not yet announced).
  • I rotate the tires every 3,000 miles/5,000 km. (Not Model X due to different sizes).
  • The washer fluid is topped up as needed
  • The 12V battery is fine
  • My wipers are clear of debris and not needing replacing (replace every 50,000 miles/80,000 km, or as needed)
  • The brake pads are good. (These almost never need replacing, thanks to the regenerative braking).

  • I’m familiar with various cleaning methods suitable for soft paint and an expensive car. (Check out the famous two-bucket method on YouTube).
  • I’m aware of the risks to the paint if cleaning the car in an automatic car wash that has brushes (most strongly advise not to use these!)


External cleaning items

The items below are suggestions. What you need will of course vary depending on the washing methods used and your preferences.

  • Hose and spray nozzle
  • Two or three buckets
  • Car wash detergent
  • Wheel cleaner
  • Tire glaze
  • Glass cleaner
  • High-quality wash mitts
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Sponges
  • Wax or polish
  • Wax applicators

Internal cleaning items

  • The items below are suggestions. What you need will of course vary depending on the washing methods used and your preferences.
  • Wet wipes, for cleaning seats and plastic surfaces. (The Ultra White seats are said to respond well to wet wipes).
  • Leather cleaner, if I have leather seats
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Window cleaner
  • Flat-head screwdriver (for folding some layers of wet wipe over, and running it along edges on the dashboard)


  • Reflective triangle
  • Reflective jackets
  • First aid kit
  • Window breaker with seatbelt cutter


Useful items

  • Headlight/flashlight
  • Multitool
  • Energy bars and water
  • Fire extinguisher (for internal fires, not battery fires)


Cold weather items

  • Cardboard or carpet remnant, for placing under tires to get traction in snow
  • Matches or other fire starters
  • Mylar space blankets, or blanket
  • Space-saver snow shovel

  • Safety gear (see above)
  • Phone connection cable
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Shopping bags
  • Litter bag
  • Pen and paper
  • Umbrella
  • Some cash
  • Spare clothes

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