Tesla Model 3 owner catches body shop replacing parts on his car after renting it on Turo (video)

A new video of a Tesla Model 3 has emerged on video hosting platform TikTok which shows the car’s owner making a surprise visit to a body shop to find his rental car with a replaced bumper and an open front trunk (frunk).

Frank Valdez, real estate agent, investor and TikToker, rented his red Tesla Model 3 on Turo. Later, when he started getting various notifications on his Tesla mobile app, he remotely checked what was happening in his car. With remote access to Sentry Mode’s live cameras on the mobile app, he saw something was wrong.

After locating his car via the Tesla mobile app’s GPS system, he reached where it was parked, only to find it was a body shop. Looking further, he discovered that the original bumper of his Tesla Model 3 had been removed and an aftermarket uncolored bumper had been installed on the car (video below).

After confronting the body shop staff about what was going on with his car, Frank learned that the guys were just testing aftermarket stuff on this Tesla Model 3. The owner then told the guys to body shop he would call the cops – so he was told his car would be back to its original shape in about two hours.

Tesla Model 3 owners felt that this body shop was trying to steal their auto parts, but some Reddit users who know of this shop in California believe they were just testing and calibrating their aftermarket products on this vehicle.

However, even if they were only testing, it was ethically, morally, and legally wrong to do so without the consent of the vehicle owner. Frank Valdez later discovered that this specific body shop also had a Tesla and exotic car parts website.

A Tesla electric car has many sensors that send signals if the car’s trunk, trunk or doors are open. The car sends notifications to the owner’s cell phone for such events. 8 exterior cameras and 1 cabin camera also allow the owner to watch what is happening around the car via his mobile phone. Attempting such a stunt on a rental Tesla vehicle could land you in trouble.

Let’s watch the Tesla Model 3 owner’s interesting raid on the body shop during their act.

@frankvidz Lucky he has GPS and live camera footage… #Turo #tesla #carparts ♬ original sound – Frank Valdez

Update: Turo’s Public Affairs Department has contacted me personally and would like to advise their vehicle host community that this is being investigated and that they are offering damage coverage to vehicle owners.

Here is their official statement on the matter:

“Turo is aware of a video that appears to show a host’s vehicle being used inappropriately while traveling. Our team is in contact with the host and has taken action to remove the guest from Turo for violating our Terms of Service, which explicitly prohibit guests from making unapproved modifications to any vehicle. While these incidents are rare in our market, we offer Host Protection Plans with varying levels of coverage for vehicle damage. We are currently gathering facts about the incident and appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this active investigation.

An earlier version of this article was originally posted by Tesla Oracle.


 


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