The mechanic behind a YouTube channel that specializes in fixing and demystifying Tesla vehicles is opening a repair shop for the electric cars, CNBC reports.
Rich Benoit runs “,” a video channel chronicling his repairs and even full rebuilds of Tesla vehicles, cars he fixes mostly for himself.
His YouTube fame exploded after he bought a Tesla Model S that had been in a flood and rebuilt it from the ground up to be his daily driver.
Now, he is offering his expertise to customers who are tired of waiting to have their Teslas repaired.
Tesla doesn’t operate any actual dealerships, which makes it extremely difficult to get vehicles repaired, or even maintained, by the manufacturer. Many of the automaker’s service centres have been completely inundated for months, especially with the arrival of the cheaper Model 3.
His YouTube channel snagged Rich a lot of questions and requests regarding Teslas and other electric vehicles, so much so that he decided to partner up with his friend Chris Salvo so together they could create their own electric vehicle repair shop, Electrified Garage.
Rich has the skill and the know-how to repair Teslas thanks to his extensive testing on his own vehicles, while Chris has a network of people who will actually be able to get him brand-new parts for the vehicles (Tesla doesn’t really make them available to anyone outside the company, requiring some ingenuity for those trying to source certain components).
Currently, the pair operate out of a two-car garage, but they already have plans to build a larger space to work on more projects. Their waiting list is already a year long.
Rich and Chris are hoping to build the business into a franchise to service more people who are having issues with their Tesla. Currently, the closest Tesla service centres to them are near Boston while they’re a few hours north, servicing Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.