Furious Driver Gets Locked Out Of Dead Tesla, Forced To Pay $26,000 For New Battery

In a widely shared TikTok video, a Tesla owner from Canada, Mario Zelaya, expressed his frustration after being locked out of his car because of a dead battery. In the video, Zelaya criticized his $140,000 Tesla, labeling it as “a piece of trash” due to this issue.

He also highlighted the steep $26,000 cost for battery replacement, contributing to the growing dissatisfaction among Tesla owners.

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The video, which went viral last year, showcased Zelaya demonstrating how his vehicle had automatically locked itself following the battery failure.

“$26K for a new battery. Locked out of car. Recalls are needed.”


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

“I got Transport Canada involved, and they actually did an investigation on the car. Not only did they do an investigation on this car, they’re gonna be doing one that Tesla doesn’t realize is coming up.”

“Tesla’s trying to sweep it under the rug. They won’t give them any explanation of why their battery died.”


Replying to @Mario Zelaya Here’s an update and some clarifications on my dead 💩 Tesla. Also, someone is buying it tomorrow for $19K and is taking on the responsibility of opening up the car. I got 85 messages on FB Marketplace on it 😅. Guess I’m selling it for cheap? #tesla #car

♬ original sound – Mario Zelaya

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