Why Rich Rebuilds Is Opening A Tesla Repair Shop

Why Rich Rebuilds Is Opening A Tesla Repair Shop

The genesis of Electrified Garage was such
that a lot of people started reaching out to me because
of the YouTube channel. People that want to get
issues resolved with their Teslas. And at the time, Tesla was super
busy, they didn’t have time to get people in for appointments. When many owners try to schedule
a service appointment, the service centers are stretched thin and appointments
could be weeks out before a car gets in for service. So they started reaching out to me and
saying, ‘hey Tesla is too busy to take a look at this,’ or ‘I own
a savaged vehicle can you take a look at my electric vehicle?’ So this is a personal
car that I’m working on. This is my car and this
was in a side collision. My name’s Rich and I run
a YouTube channel called Rich Rebuilds. Hey guys, Rich with Rich Rebuilds here
and today I’m going to tell you all what’s wrong with my
salvaged flooded Tesla Model S. The reason why I start my YouTube
channel was to kind of demystify Teslas in general. So I purchased the Tesla Model S a
few years ago and I started taking it apart to see if I
could actually put it back together. Main screen, the door
handles are presenting. This is off to a good start. This car really has a special place
in my heart because this is the first one that I rebuilt. This is Dolores my first
completed flood Tesla project. If you guys haven’t heard the story on
this as yet, I found a Tesla that was in a salt water flood
and spent six months merging two cars together to bring this
one back to life. At the time there was a
lot of mystery around the cars. Tesla wasn’t really sharing much information
about them in terms of what’s inside of them
and how they worked. So I figured to myself, people
may actually be interested in this. So as I started tearing into the
car more and more, I started taking detailed photos of
things, detailed videos. This blue connector goes
back in the door. And just kind of
took off from there. I recently had a subscriber
reach out to me. He reached out to me and said,
‘Hey Car Guru, I need help. I need to install additional seating in
my Tesla Model S and a service center local to me will
not do it for me. Can you help me?’ I said absolutely. The channel has been gaining
an insane amount of traction. Thank you. Since then I’ve gained
a small cult-like following. Someone printed my face on
a hundred dollar bill. This is the wall clock
someone made for me. Someone sent me that poster
of Elon Musk over there. It’s a life sized. See that long like
weird paper thing? Yeah. There we go. So after the YouTube channel started
gaining more and more traction, I reached out to my friend Chris and
Chris and I just said to ourselves we got to start something. This is a huge market here. Let’s help people out as
much as we can. I know how to rebuild a car. Chris has the parts to do it and
he has the contacts to actually reach out to those people to get
the things that we need. And let’s just do something. Chris was like, ‘you know
I could run with this.’ You know he’s he’s built shops
before from the ground up. I started with Tesla in January of 2013
and at the time I was looking for something new. I was looking to get away from a
desk job and get back to working with my hands and working on cars. So about four and a half years in,
I was part of one of the restructurings that happened
at Tesla. And at that point, I decided, well you
know, I can go and find another job and not necessarily be happy or
I can do what I’ve been thinking about for a while which was to start
Ev Tuning and do my own thing and be my own boss. Ev Tuning is more
of an online presence. It’s a place to go and order parts
where you as a DIY person can install them yourself. Either repair your own door handle,
install your own center console, vinyl wrap or, you know, order a set
of wheels and tires and we can ship them to your house and
you can install them yourself. Where Electrified Garage comes into play
is for that person that doesn’t have mechanical ability or frankly doesn’t
have the time or the aptitude to do so. We’re in a startup scrappy
phase at this moment. We’re just like Amazon or Google
or any other startup company that started in a garage. You know, we’re literally in a two
car garage right now and the Electrified Garage is gonna be built
adjacent to that in a larger space. So over there is gonna be the HVAC. Yup. The wheel and tire machines are
gonna go over in this corner here. The alignment machine will be going
in this bay on this side. There’ll be another lift on this side and
then in the front will be an area just to work on the car if
it doesn’t need to be jacked up. Seventy percent of what you do with a
Tesla doesn’t need to be up in the air. It’s mostly stuff inside the car. Hey Rich. Hey, how’s it going? How you doing man? How have you been? Great, good to see you. Good to see you too. What’s she in here for today? Well I gotta tell you, I think
I’m having a problem with this. I believe it’s this sensor. OK. It’s not quite picking it up when
I’m parking and I just wanted to have you guys take a look at it. Sure we’ll take a look at it. No problem Super. Thanks man. I had a really well known problem
with door handles presenting and not. And these guys had put together
a door handle assemblies that used better quality parts, if you will,
than what the manufacturer was offering at the time. And had replacements done with that. And I had a one of the sensor
units had gone awry and they had taken care of those things for me. We pretty much have been booked every
Saturday for over a year now. With appointments for customers to come
in from anything from getting their breaks replaced, to a door
handle fixed, or winter wheels and tires put on their
car, dash camera installs. Right now it’s just. Yup, just the two of us. Just us. And we both actually have full time jobs
too so this is really a, it’s really a struggle at times. There really is no Tesla presence up
north and here’s the oasis of Teslatude a mere 40 miles away. So the facility that we’re building now
that’s next to EV Tuning is actually in a residential area. But Seabrook as a town is kind
of unique in that they allow other businesses to open and operate
in a residential area. So it’s kind of like
a mixed commercial and residential. There’s actually three other garages within a
mile of where we are that all operate out of
essentially their house. Electric vehicles don’t
make any noise. They don’t make any smells. You know it’s not like a traditional
garage where you’re gonna hear all kinds of loud banging and
that kind of stuff. For all intensive purposes, we probably
could have said nothing and nobody would have even known
that we were here. I think the Tesla struggles as far as
being able to service cars in a timely manner for a
couple of reasons. The biggest one is obviously it costs
a lot of money to open service centers. You have to buy
or outfit an existing location. You need to hire
employees and train them. And so that makes it
difficult to do that quickly. And there’s so many other aspects of
the company that need to be ramped up at the same time. That’s not necessarily an area
that you can focus on. Tesla has tried to stem some of
that by offering ranger service or mobile service, as they call it now. Where it’s basically a technician in a
van that has parts and tools and they go to your house and fix stuff. But still, even at that, there’s
only two service centers in New England and they’re both
close to Boston. So if you’re in Maine, Vermont or
New Hampshire your choice is drive three or four hours for work to be
done in your car or somebody has to come to you. You can easily be three, four or
five weeks out in some instances in order to get your
car in for service. We’re hoping that the demand is really
strong and we’re hoping to grow this into more of a franchise
type business and almost work alongside Tesla to actually repair a lot
of their vehicles as well. Because at this point they need
all the help they can get. We haven’t. I haven’t at least no. No I haven’t. Yeah. They kind of. They tend to stay away from us. Usually when anything comes out they
kind of say well what they’re doing is, kind of their own thing
and then they’re giving us too much attention so. I personally like him. I think he’s a brilliant guy. Super smart. Driven. He’s fostered
a great company. He has his issues of course
but I think he’s a genius. Yes. There’s no doubt about it. I would agree as a whole, I think
he wants to do the right thing and he’s definitely pushing the rest of the
industry to do the right thing as well. A lot of people are super excited to
get these brand new cars and when they do there is a minor issue with it,
it takes you a month or two to get back into the system to get the
car repaired and kind of leaves a bad taste in a
lot of people’s mouths. So our goal was to say to ourselves,
you know what how can we build something to help this company? And that’s what we’re trying to do.


  1. Hector Keezy says:

    What a great community Seabrook is. Helping start-ups, instead of making problems for them, as they would in many other places. Now they get a big growthlayer of commerce, that will potentially create new jobs, and have a possitive impact in many People’s lives. Aint that what America is all about ?
    Way to go Seabrook. 👍🇩🇰🙋🏻‍♂️🇺🇸✌🏻

  2. Eyeball Engineering says:

    Not watching CNBC, but I'll promote Rich Rebuilds. Way to go dude! Hitting the prime time!

  3. F8_HYPER_NOVA says:

    3:40 we gonna ignore that?

  4. MYNAMEIS says:

    2:10 SONG NAME?

  5. Gilang Virgiawan says:

    Testla after sales just bad?

  6. M ALHA says:

    High technologies mean too much troubleshootings mean paying more for maintaince

  7. Caleb Mason says:

    Wait rich has half a million subs youtube doesn’t pay what it used too

  8. E.F. Fulgent says:

    Tesla gone sue his ass.they dont even fix theyre own cars?

  9. Luis Luna says:

    Where is this guy located

  10. Luis Luna says:

    Dude forget Tesla create your own electric vehicle

  11. Jason Vue says:

    There is reason why Scotty doesn't like all these electric and computerized cars

  12. MJ Is king says:

    Where will it be?

  13. grich006 says:

    Maybe is Tesla made a better quality car they wouldn’t have to struggle with people scheduling maintenance. Food for thought.

  14. Real Truth says:

    Tesla wanted to give us free energy. Instead Freemasons sabotaged him to enaslave people with bills.

  15. Phi Nguyen says:

    I can't wait to meet this guy in real life I stared watching him when he only had 40k followers now look at him

  16. Duane Allen says:

    Another iPhone

  17. deno spyridon says:

    Good for you you entrepreneurs I command you. 👍👍👍

  18. chase vogt says:

    Damn look how far he's come, I remember sending him super chats reminding him where his kitchen knife was haha

  19. J Grn says:

    Hello Rich I told you that you are going to be a very important part of the electric revolution.You have become an icon and im like been telling everyone about you n your channel and the area you can grow unimaginable.And now Chris I have heard about you also iconic status so I give tribute to you also.Iam so inthused about the electric automotive world.Mu only problem is that my eye sight is getting bad but im working on it now.i have been in the automotive world for over thirty years.im so glad to see the electric automotive world come up.i appreciate your two genius minds and the demand grows.now your doing your own thing but you are going in the right direct direction.you have my total support.peacr 2all n the best of holidays

  20. larry s says:

    Pad that jack handle.

  21. firebirdkid1017 says:

    The Tesla is a beautiful car, just needs more attention from the engineers before releasing to avoid all these bugs

  22. Dave Chappelle says:

    This guys a genius.
    Hes going to cash in on Teslas mechanical issues and I'm happy for him!!
    Doing what he loves, making a damn good living right from his own garage.
    Living the american dream.

  23. 1st name last name says:

    This is America, the right way. Different colors coming together to create a Flag, real unity.

  24. zero101 says:

    This guy inspires to step out and learn..

  25. The Don A.R.K B Noah says:

    Tesla's make a good drive by car👉

  26. Michael Robinson says:

    Rich, it's time for us to start our own Car manufacturing, that's the ticket. We ADOS need to learn how to build our own Cars. I would like to see you be has big has GM. That's a dream that I have. You think you can do it? Sincerely! Mic'19 ADOS get involved

  27. David Gaar says:

    What about the humvee? I want one. How did you get it. Details please.

  28. marko scheffer says:

    Keep going mate like what u doing I'm mechanic person my self sadly I live in the Netherlands

  29. Ibrahim Ahmed says:

    Tesla is waiting them to open many branches in one or two years and buy them for millions. Win win for both the founders and Tesla.
    NP: I really want them bought. Very nice guys.

  30. Tim Lass says:

    I love the part where Rich says they're in startup mode out of a two car garage. If I remember correctly, another guy with a vision of the future also started a technology company out of his garage (last name was Jobs).

  31. Zack De says:

    He could really start a electric car mechanic company considering that many car manufacturers are getting into the electric car space for mass adoption.

  32. Anthony Hunter says:

    You can work on this car without getting dirty…………..

  33. Kaizaro123 says:

    Wait… so Tesla rolls out this brand, but cannot spare the resources to set up dealer centers for maintenance and repair? Yet they won't allow third parties to do it? What am I missing here? I fail to see the long term viability of such an approach. How do they expect to be and/or remain competitive?

  34. mr bezo says:

    Damn…you two guys are smart as hell…

  35. Uknownothing Oohkilled em says:

    Love what you do from the west side to your side keep doing you
    People need to step up and get together and do great things to advance as a species the human species

  36. Jeffrey Foster says:

    If Musk is as smart as you guys say he is, he would reach out to you guys, if he doesn't in my opinion he's going to lose, God Bless you guys, I wish you all of the success you can handle!

  37. Ruben Torres says:

    Cool place and cool people!!!

  38. PREMIUM Bee says:


  39. Kenny 510 says:

    Brother more power to you man.. mad respect ✊🙏😎💪

  40. Hank's Gear says:

    Rich has convinced me NOT to get a Tesla.


    This guy is super impressive! Hey Musk your education doesn't matter! This is the man!

  42. Joel Rodriguez says:

    Black man get em'!!!

  43. Machapaa D says:

    Been follow rich since 3k subs good to see you turning your hobby to a business looking forward to see the franchise grow 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿

  44. rvlifeontheroad says:

    EVs are very very easy to work on… this guy would not make it in a modern car dealership service department.

  45. rvlifeontheroad says:

    Lol… just a bunch of nickel and dime repairs.

  46. HandyMan101 says:

    Capitalism is AWESOME.

  47. Ben Garcia says:

    Just don't buy these stupid cars

  48. darkchild00 says:

    This brotha has a very bright future ahead. I love these kinds of ambitions.

  49. David A says:

    They should come to Vancouver Canada… I literally see 10 Tesla’s together on the road every hour!!

  50. taz santiago says:

    I wish you all the luck and success with electric garage you guys deserve it👏🏽😉👍🏼

  51. Powell Benard says:

    Here is a link to his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfV0_wbjG8KJADuZT2ct4SA

  52. Eneru God says:


    keep up the good work

  53. Goebel’s Mobile Detailing says:

    Thing is Tesla won’t be that car once the new Porsche taycon comes out

  54. Written Mirror says:

    Yes Rich! Do it on em!!!

  55. Kenny Dalgic says:

    In the very near future the world will hear about this billion dollar venture

  56. seth griffin says:

    I love seeing things like this. I'm a tinker and Rich makes me want to buy a couple Teslas and do the samething, but I feel like I'd electrocute myself! HAHA! Good luck with your venture!!

  57. Acworth Wellness Center says:

    I'm glad to see you guys doing this!

  58. Pill Poppy says:

    Can I work with you rich? I would love to learn how to work on Tesla

  59. MikeG A says:

    You are a black genius engineer. You should go to Africa and teach this eventually. Establish a business to help the brothers and sisters there.

  60. MikeG A says:

    You are a brilliant brother. I am so impressed with your genius.

  61. MrSwarai says:

    Apple has left the chat 🤷‍♂️

  62. Amos Culbreth says:

    Dope, love what Rich is doing

  63. Key Atm says:

    If they started this shop here in the Bay Area, they would make a killing

  64. OceanBorn Crete says:

    Tesla presenting door handles is the same as a macbook fan spinning. You should meet Luis Rossman at some point. He is fighting for right to repair against Apple's shady tactics.

  65. TheCoatneyadkins says:

    This man and I are cut from the same cloth ideallically , only difference is, he took the idea and put it into action. MUCH RESPECT! !

  66. Joseph Falcon says:

    I love the customer. Says it as it is.

  67. sixsense foundation says:


  68. Peter Goezinya says:

    So happy Rich is getting the attention he deserves!!

  69. MikeG A says:

    He black therefore he is African. I don’t care what you think.

  70. MikeG A says:

    I don’t care about Elon Musk he can go where ever. This brother is black there he is African.

  71. Mr. Suhaib says:

    2:40 that walk up reminded me of Marlo Standfield for some reason

  72. Valkery Black says:

    2:33 that dude look alike Elon Mask😂

  73. Kareem Chapman says:

    One day blackie I'm going to meet you

  74. Luke Cage says:

    Doing what he loves to do, proud of this brother, stay encouraged soldier

  75. MikeG A says:

    Elon is African but does he respect the people where he came from?

  76. MikeG A says:

    Look at the scandal with the children in the Congo.

  77. Taneisha Granderson says:


  78. Vorraboms says:

    I hope one day soon Tesla/Apple/Google cars should not be harder to fix than replacing a Video Card in a PC.

  79. Izy Eazy says:

    Rich I need your help I have a brand new Tesla that needs fixing and I live in the UK, I want to ship it out to you??? Get back to me

  80. james laude says:

    Entrepreneurship, what you watching this video should think about, working for someone else is wrong, after all we are in America, right?

  81. Oscar Walton says:

    If Tesla thinks going to get in truck market there going to have get better dealing with mechanic s and parts delivery truck buyers won't tolerate not being able to get parts or service

  82. Raymond Jefferson says:

    Hay Rich what do you no about Lonnie Johnson the Supper Soaker builder, NASA scientist, Air batteries invention, And would it work with the Tesla motors.

  83. Robert Sarno says:

    The sensor isn't covered by warranty?

  84. Moe X says:

    Rich embodies what’s America is all about. An average guy with and idea and the will to see it through the rest is history.


    Do your thing Brutha.

  86. new waves says:

    This is amazing homie ✊🏿

  87. Steve Gross says:

    Hi, my name is Steve Gross from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am the proud owner of a model 3, Standard Range Plus since June 2019. And, yes I wish I could have spent more and purchased an upper-end Performance Model 3 but, I couldn't cough up the dough! I don't know exactly where you come from. I did not research you or, go back and review your very first Video to discover exactly who you are and what background you have. But, I wish to tell you, "you have a gift, sir!"! A wonderful, wonderful gift! And, while I have no need to watch videos of salvaged and restored Tesla's, both S and X, I find your videos irresistible! Yes, I have a life! And, yes, the weather here in New Mexico is colder now and I spend more time indoors and, yes, as a business owner I stay busy but, for 2 days this weekend, I have really and very much enjoy your narrations and teachings. Without a doubt, you have saved others millions of dollars by showing us the difficulties of restorations of a Tesla and other vehicles. I am here now just to tell you you have a great channel and I am very sorry I can't purchase a vehicle or service from you because of the distance between us. If there was ever anything I can do to help you, please advise. I would rather buy my next Tesla, from You! And I would also wish to thank you for all your efforts!

  88. E. R. says:

    I wish they were many like u.. You work very hard..keep up the.good work n God bless… Peace

  89. Edward Owens says:

    This Idea is going to grow keep it up,, Eventually you guys should start thinking about building your own electric cars company instead of rebuilding someone else’s obviously you can do it better take what they’ve done and just improve on it.

  90. LALOMAN says:

    There is a demand for Tesla's lack of service and you are willing to supply that demand! There is lots of money to be made guaranteed…

  91. StingrayZ says:

    I think VW group is going to destroy Tesla.

  92. bumperxx1 says:

    You're just trying to help the company so you don't get sued. As far as I know you already are on the tipping pointOf being sued.

  93. Sam Sistrunk says:

    Is it possible to put a bigger battery in a model S60? I have heard maybe you can put the 85 battery pack.

  94. Sam Sistrunk says:

    Is it possible to put a bigger battery in a 2013 model S60?….not 60D

  95. John Doe says:

    Black man go get that money!

  96. Sean Doxtator says:

    I’m interested in getting a Tesla but this is exactly the biggest thing that turned me away about servicing the vehicle as for my gas pig I can do it myself or take it anywhere n be done in a day n a couple hour notice

  97. Music 1 says:

    I love the fact that he's black.. not trying to have any suggestions on race or wateva.. just love that's he's black!! I think that's a good thing.

  98. max silva says:

    Great job guys wish you all the best. keep up with the Tesla good wrench.

  99. abdul wahhab z says:


  100. Kevin Lay says:

    Build more Tesla repair shops.

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