Are pets okay?
ALL PETS ARE FINE AS LONG AS YOU USE SEAT COVERS (PROVIDED WITH RENTAL IN FRONT TRUNK) OR A CARRIER (BYOC), THE VEGAN LEATHER MAY FRAY FROM PET NAILS AND DAMAGES WILL BE ASSESSED
How many can this car actually hold?
REGARDING CAPACITY: THIS CAR SEATS 7 TOTAL; 5 ADULTS, and 2 INDIVIDUALS UNDER 5' 2" using REAR FACING REAR TRUNK SEATS COMFORTABLY (Basically two children)
AND IF USING REAR FACING SEATS YOU WILL ONLY HAVE FRONT TRUNK CAPACITY
How does the autopark work?
It is mostly reliable, but it must see either lane markings, or be between two vehicles to know for certain if it can safely deliver the vehicle (distance-wise). If you are backing into a spot or are near a parallel parking spot (usually drive 50% past it for it to detect) and then hit the reverse button it will show a parking screen and then (ONLY IF IT DETECTS) a "Start Auto-Park" feature. Once you engage it, let go of the brake and let it do its work. Sometimes if it overestimated the space it may stop autopark in the middle and ask you to complete it. It's worked well for me over 75% of the time.
How do I charge the car?
The easiest way is to use the Tesla supercharger network. The lightning button on the navigation display (right hand side) can pull up a list of Tesla and non-Tesla chargers.
PLEASE NOTE, BY DEFAULT THE BATTERY CHARGES TO 90% TO PRESERVE ITS LIFE. IF YOU NEED MORE JUICE TURN ON RANGE MODE FOR 100%.
If you use the Tesla supercharger its easy, just like any other car drive in (front side) with the rear next to the pump (charging station). Take the hose, click the button on the hose tip, and insert it into the charging port FULLY. It will start flashing green if it inserted correctly. If it didn't you probably did not insert far enough, press the hose button one more time, pull out, and then reinsert. THIS CHARGES THE FASTEST! (~200-250 miles per hour)
If you use any other charger (non-Tesla) you should follow their on-site instructions. Usually you have to download an app (like Chargepoint) set up an account, open up the charging cables in my trunk/insert into their hose as needed, and then follow the above instructions. Every charger is a little bit different but if you're having issues you could call me. THESE CHARGE SLOWER (~5-25 miles per hour).
If you are next to a regular wall socket (or a larger appliance socket) when out at a parking lot or when visiting someone you can use the charging cables in my trunk with the appropriate socket size. (THESE ARE THE SLOWEST AND CHARGE ANYWHERE FROM 1-5 miles per hour!)
If you have any difficulty using the hose (e.g. it really is NOT inserting at all) then call me.
How much mileage does the car give?
I have the 100D which has the largest (100 kW) battery size. It gives me about 300-350 miles if you drive on average about 30-50 mph (aka city driving). If you're going to accelerate a lot, or go higher than those average city driving speeds then you're looking at somewhere between 200-300 miles per charge. I would recommend trying to find a charger when you have less than 30 miles left.
There is a RANGE MODE in the settings which you can enable for long drives (let's you charge an extra 10% of the battery), extra 20-40 miles.
There is also an ENERGY SAVER MODE, which will disable extraneous electronics (though be wary it also affects AC) to give you a few extra miles.
What if I get a flat tire? Does the car have a flat tire?
Unfortunately Tesla's do not come with flat tires. We pretty much have to call the complimentary road service that came with our vehicles. If this happens call me right away so I can initiate it and/or meet you. The security lugnut is in the glove compartment, in case anyone needs to replace.
I am purchasing a flat tire kit from Tesla but may not have in time by the time you rent it (e.g. if I haven't updated this entry). Once I do this will patch you up until you can get to a mechanic to fully patch the tire.
Where is the first aid kit?
There is one in the trunk on the left hand side, next to/underneath the charging cables (as of 06-2018 it is fully stocked). I would appreciate it if you let me know if you need any items from it so I can replenish it for myself or other future drivers.
How do I engage Autopilot (the enhanced cruise control) features?
Note: Be sure the road has well indicated markings because Tesla relies on ultrasonic and visual cameras to ensure it stays "in the lane". Obviously human drivers can gauge better/estimate where lanes should be so don't use autopilot if a child could not point out the lane markings. It should work in the rain too as it uses multiple sensors.
Step 1) Drive to the speed and lane you want to be in, then pull the small panel stick (bottom left of the wheel) toward you once. This will engage autospeed.
Optional) You can set the cruise maximum speed, it will slow down as needed if cars slow ahead. As needed you can pull it relatively forcefully up to add an extra 5 mi to your desired upper cruise speed, or gently pull up for 1 mile increments.
Step 2) Once you are securely in the lane pull that same stick toward you twice in succession. This enables steering.
Optional) If you need to change lanes just use the indicator, the car will do it for you. I recommend there be PLENTY of space between you and drivers in the lane you're switching. Try not to engage it when someone is trying to pass you/going faster than you in the other lane. The car will initiate regardless and you may find it scary when it suddenly warns you/jerks away because of that aggressive driver.
WARNING: BE READY TO TAKE OVER ANYTIME, the car is like 90%+ good at driving on its own, but as I mentioned above with aggressive drivers or strange lanes YOU NEED TO TAKE OVER SOONER than it will engage. The technology is good but not perfect as you've probably read in the news.
WARNING: Autopilot needs to know you're there, every min or so it will check for resistance from your hands on the wheel. I recommend keeping your hand comfortably limp on the 4-6 o clock positions of the wheel and just let it resist you as it turns. As with the previous warning be ready to take over at anytime due to other drivers/construction/etc!
WARNING: If the road splits and/or you're in a turning lane on a highway where an exit is coming up, the car may stray while you're using autopilot because it tries to be mid-way between lane markings (and the turn lane marker is drifting). Through intersections/lower speeds it knows to stay straight based on drivers around you. But at high speeds/highways you MAY need to correct it. It is safer to cruise in a non-right/turning lane.
Can I watch videos on the main display/show a movie to my kids?
Because the main video panel is in the driver's view by law it can't play movies and such. I have a magnetic mount on my dash which you can attach your phone/rotate as needed and it can face your passengers to show em a video. Otherwise you'll have to bring your own mount (non-sticky if possible please) to show your passengers.
What kind of music options do I have?
Radio is standard, it has high def radio (it can listen to multiple channels at the same radio station, you'll see).
It has streaming (the Tesla network, which is pretty much like spotify). Search for your stations, unlimited skipping. Please don't thumb up or down things (for other drivers' sakes :) )
You can connect your phone and use bluetooth. I'd just ask that you remove your phone once you've returned my car so that I don't have access to your info ever again.
Technically it can use its internal web browser and listen to website audio there also. Obviously youtube is a no-no due to video. But I've used music blogs and have been able to load audio. (Website dependent, somewhat unreliable).