The Rogue Tesla Mechanic Resurrecting Salvaged Cars

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  • Published on:  Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Rich is a car enthusiast whose passion is to find wrecked Teslas, bring them back to life, and then share his repair adventures on his YouTube channel Rich Rebuilds.

    When he found out that Tesla would not service or support his salvaged cars, he took it upon himself to scour the internet and harvest working parts from several busted Teslas. He Frankensteined them together until his creations were fully operational, at a fraction of what it would cost to buy a new or certified pre-owned Tesla.

    Motherboard travels to Massachusetts to meet with the rogue mechanic leading a grassroots movement of DIY fixers who are taking back the right to repair the things they own.

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  • Tyler Miller

    Tyler Miller

     6 hours ago

    Every masters knowledge came from nothing changing everything bringing a more convenient life for me and you

  • Jmatt455



    This guy is awesome. I've been a mechanic for 45 yrs,& saw this coming since the early 80's,when they started putting computers in cars. I've seen hundreds of cars in the junkyard that are newer & in better condition than the ones I own & drive. They're too expensive to fix,most people can't fix them,so they buy another one. It's great for the manufacturer,but bad for the customer,& the environment.

  • jose r

    jose r


    hello frank!! I need 4 tesla battery modules for my ev conversion project

  • Major Wilkes Jr.

    Major Wilkes Jr.


    0:40 - 1:07 Made me watch this entire video .

  • Pixydis



    I don't know how to explain but... Wow this man is fantastic, nothing will stop him from his convictions, and that, is one of the most powerful thing that exist in heart. Thanks for the wonderful job!

  • Aubert Marie Ordas

    Aubert Marie Ordas

     2 days ago

    Very humanity

  • 고등 지능 ODINS trash

    고등 지능 ODINS trash

     2 days ago

    I’m a petrol head and I love Elon

    Thy need to hire this guy, like now! Now!

  • Christian Thornton

    Christian Thornton

     2 days ago

    Hello Rich, I would like to talk to you about a potential project in Oaxaca, Mx.You can check us out in social media or go to look for PPX advancements. Felicidades, great work...

  • Ian Ian

    Ian Ian

     2 days ago

    Modern day hero

  • Dean Hansen

    Dean Hansen

     3 days ago

    so really what you are saying what google did to our browsing tesla did to the electric car, mm yep i wont be buying one of them.

  • J.W. van der Horst

    J.W. van der Horst

     3 days ago

    "how is that sustainable" spot on!

  • shananagans5


     3 days ago

    I understand that Tesla wants control of their product for any number of reasons. The brand image, technology advances etc but, if they truly want to advance and popularize electric cars, they are going to have to support aftermarket repairs and development.
    I am an older gearhead and electric isn't my thing but it's coming and for a car to reach mainstream popularity, it needs aftermarket support.
    I would never buy any car, gas or electric, that couldn't be fixed at a local shop. Not to mention, people like to tinker. That isn't going to die with the gas car.
    There are younger people out there that could rebuild a Tesla if they had access to information and parts. That young guy buys a damaged car because he can't afford a new one. He spends hours in his garage, friends come over to help and now you have 5 young guys that want a Tesla. They somewhat understand the technology, they learn more every day and interest in electric cars grows.
    Interest grows, people start seeing more on the streets, they see they can be fixed for a reasonable amount of money and they become mainstream over time.

  • shananagans5


     3 days ago +2

    I struggle to download an anti virus program and this guy is rebuilding Teslas.

  • Pedro degreat Lazoro

    Pedro degreat Lazoro

     4 days ago

    Proof that man is god ! People pray to the sky and not once has the sky helped ! Its allways a man who helps . The A team needs a rerun to get kids of ps4 planet and bring their mind back down to earth

  • Matt Hoppe

    Matt Hoppe

     4 days ago +1

    Hey Rich...can you help me out? Bought a 2011 Ford Fiesta in January. A piston busted through the engine block yesterday afternoon....I live in Boston but my son lives 2 hours away. I barely see him as is....I'm never going to see him now. He turns 8 in 2 weeks, and I won't be there

  • Olivier Divry

    Olivier Divry

     4 days ago

    Hack the planet ;-) !

  • Paul _

    Paul _

     6 days ago

    A Great American.
    A horrible Company.
    No tech Docs, pathetic.
    Teslas made with bad batteries, not so great engineers, anyone can work on them if they wanted to learn. MUSK is just being a scumbag.
    -A Scientist, mechanic, programmer

  • flrnt flrnt

    flrnt flrnt

     6 days ago

    yo maybe can you working for emon musk

  • adam rico

    adam rico

     7 days ago

    smart guy

  • e2 Environnement

    e2 Environnement

     7 days ago