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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     (Jul 27, 2018)

    This guy. I like this guy.

  • victorienne frey

     (2 days ago)

    skyserf SkySNAP😂

  • Selfmade Skrilla

     (Feb 15, 2019)

    I literally just said this in my mind

  • Rick Joneshy

     (Jan 22, 2019)

    My father said one thing which changed my life..He said "If man made it, then man can fix it"...Words I live by.

  • Martin Dennis

     (1 day ago)

    Rick Joneshy My motto: “If human hands can do it, my hands are as human as anybody else’s.

  • victorienne frey

     (2 days ago)

    This should be engraved over every engineering school in the world.

  • Robert Blackshear

     (Dec 17, 2018)

    Anyone capable of putting one of these back together becomes an expert upon completion. Stop hating.

  • Stefan Vulin

     (Feb 5, 2019)

    God bless people like this guy, He's actually protecting our rights.

  • Jeffery Williams

     (Jan 22, 2019)

    Dude your name.. DAMN.... The new James Bond. lol.. Great comment sir.

  • Lucid Dev Team

     (Nov 17, 2018)

    How do we know he's not just Elon Musk in disguise?

  • Mektiq _

     (2 days ago)

    +Russell Popham Who is Elon Musk?

  • Mektiq _

     (2 days ago)

    +Martin Dennis holy shit that's rascist lmaoooo

  • Stuart Wall

     (Dec 19, 2018)

    TESLA - this is an OPPORTUNITY not a threat!

  • Ivan Vergara

     (Mar 16, 2019)

    What the person said makes sense though, people are dumb and they are going to learn the hard way( heck load of volts passing through them)

  • Amp-Hibious

     (Dec 27, 2018)

    if tesla ever expects to become a market leader in the future of cars, they need to help integrate 3rd party repair services with their proprietary hardware and software. they dont have the resources to franchise repair shops around the globe.

  • Jinzzy

     (Jul 27, 2018)

    OH shit Rich becoming a celebrity loool

  • Christopher Rosenbalm

     (Jul 28, 2018)

    Andrei Pendle me too..its absolutely insane!!..been following him since the beginning

  • Andrei Pendle

     (Jul 28, 2018)

    Funny! Started watching his channel when he had a few thousand subscribers. Just took a look and he is up to 167k!

  • Cam Neptune

     (Dec 28, 2018)

    I went into this video thinking I'd watch a few seconds of this. I'm immediately subscribing to his channel.

  • Jay

     (Mar 19, 2019)


  • Antonio Martin

     (Jan 26, 2019)

    Yep you won't be disappointed.

  • Robert Caffrey

     (Dec 22, 2018)

    Th is guy is brilliant, fair play to him. I can see Tesla will eventually need him, and it will be on his terms. Good luck pal.

  • 61spindrift

     (Feb 12, 2019)

    +edgard ruiz. In their homes, at work, friends house's, etc. Did not say this guy is dumb...but a genius? Someone Tesla is going to need at some point? Come on, really? 20 years ago at my auto tech business we used take two late model wrecks and with top of the line frame machine and make one great fully restored inspectable car (not a Tesla...Buick Regals). The shops CNC machine could mill a new aluminum head if need be or tech's could together an engine harness consisting of a hundred different wires...

  • edgard ruiz

     (Feb 11, 2019)

    sure man , but where are those 15 or 20 doing it ?

  • 86mdwolfie

     (Jan 9, 2019)

    He’s a boss! If I had the money and had a Tesla I would ship it out to him to fix it and pay him what Tesla would charge just to stick it to them a little bit.

  • taxid3rmy

     (Dec 19, 2018)

    Wow! 2.3K dislikes...Now we know what Tesla executives get paid to do

  • Skæbnesvanger

     (Feb 17, 2019)

    It's because of VICE, I think. They sold their soul long ago.

  • Rich Campus

     (Jan 21, 2019)

    Nice insigjt! ☻