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Tesla Cut Rich Rebuilds’ Referral Code Due To 'Bad Faith'
But how does the company define that?
A Rich Rebuilds YouTube video was taken down recently. Rich Benoit credits that to “Elon Musketeers,” as he sarcastically refers to Tesla apologists in his most recent video about why Tesla ended his referral code. Benoit presented the email he received from the company saying it was cut because he was acting “in bad faith towards the company.” But was he?
The video tells us how he started his YouTube channel. He fell in love with Tesla and decided he would recover a salvaged one. That was when he faced his first roadblock in his relationship with the brand: Tesla would not sell him parts. How would he recover his Model S – now called Delores – without parts?
Luckily, Benoit found a way to do it and produced a lot of helpful content to other Tesla owners. He created the Facebook group “Tesla Parts Buy Sell Trade,” which still exists. He eventually founded “Electrified Garage” with Chad Hrencecin and Chris Salvo to repairs EVs, especially Teslas. All that because Tesla did not want to help.
The company eventually changed that, sadly not before a ridiculous conversation when he wanted to order lug nut covers. Make sure you listen to the question Benoit had to hear.
Benoit even refers to something we never wrote about: Tesla’s denial to replace Takata airbags in salvaged cars. For the record, these were cars that were running again after they were recovered. Meanwhile, Honda was taking these airbags from junkyards.
We are not aware if Benoit ever spoke about the Model 3 rear bumper issues. Or about the Model S and Model X battery packs under suspicion after software updates 2019.16.1 or 2019.16.2. Anyway, we know how Tesla apologists behave when confronted with news that is not positive about the brand.