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Tesla deactivating some features on used cars after owners sell them privately - CarAdvice

Certain Tesla vehicles in the United States are having their functions remotely-deactivated after being sold on the used market.

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Have you heard the story about the used-car dealer who removes the window tint from trade-ins – so he can sell window tint as an option to the next customer? Now it appears electric car maker Tesla is doing something similar but with optional electronic features.

According to a report by CarScoops, Tesla is remotely deactivating features on some of its vehicles in the United States when they are sold from the original owner to a used-car buyer.

The report claims that, at first, the only cars affected had been sold and bought privately.

The first case reported 'Enhanced Autopilot' and 'Full Self Driving Capability' features of a Model S being deactivated by Tesla after the car had been sold to a privately-owned used car dealership – and subsequently advertised as having the features.

The features had been optioned by the original buyer at a cost of AU$13,100.

Above: Tesla Model S

When the vehicle was purchased from the used car dealership and found not to have the features advertised, the buyer contacted Tesla. A representative from Tesla stated to the owner that the features had been removed due to a company audit of vehicles equipped with – versus sold as-new with – optional features.

“Tesla has recently identified instances of customers being incorrectly configured for Autopilot versions that they did not pay for,” a Tesla US representative told the buyer. “We looked back at your purchase history and unfortunately Full Self Driving was not a feature that you had paid for.”

The representative then offered to sell the features back to the owner.

However, as reported by Jalopnik, features have also been removed from used vehicles bought back and re-sold by US Tesla dealerships.

Above: Tesla Model X

One customer claims that a Model X he bought originally equipped with 'Ludicrous Mode' – a AU$32,700 option – had the mode removed after he took delivery because he had not paid for the feature.

However, contradicting the claims, Tesla customer support in the US told Jalopnik that features are connected to the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) and that optional extras purchased by the original owner do move with the vehicle through the used-car market.

CarAdvice has been told no Australian-delivered Tesla cars have had features removed after entering the used market, and that the only time Tesla Australia may remove functions of used cars is when the car has been bought back by Tesla and is being prepared for sale as a used model.

Tesla Australia can add additional features onto used cars that were not originally sold with them at a buyer’s request, however the options attract the same price as if the car were new.

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Gainesville woman faces charges for leaving two-year-old in a car - WCJB

By WCJB Staff | 

Posted: Sun 6:13 PM, Mar 29, 2020  | 

Updated: Sun 11:57 PM, Mar 29, 2020

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- Gainesville police say 20-year-old Marsha Ovwigho knowingly left her two-year-old daughter inside her car while she went shopping at Walmart on Saturday.

Police say the windows were up and the engine was turned off.

The little girl was left inside the car for 25 minutes.

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Rhode Island stopping all cars with out-of-state plates, enforcing 2-week quarantine - Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

March 29, 2020

The National Guard is now stopping all out-of-state drivers entering Rhode Island and telling them to quarantine for two weeks.

Police are also continuing to knock on the doors of homes with New York license plates to tell visitors from the Empire State to quarantine, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to sue the state for targeting New Yorkers.

Rhode Island will close all non-essential businesses starting tomorrow.

(Copyright (c) 2019 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Police on domestic violence call in Mishawaka find man hit by car, arrest woman - WSBT-TV

Police on domestic violence call in Mishawaka find man hit by car, arrest woman  WSBT-TV
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Driver Killed in Single-Car Crash in Dorchester -

A driver was killed in a single-car crash on I-93 South in Dorchester Sunday morning.

According to State Police, the Mercedes sedan was headed southbound on I-93 shortly before 7a.m. when it traveled over the guardrail to the right side of the road just south of Exit 15.

Responding officers found the driver, a 45-year-old man from Fall River, unconscious outside of the car. According to police, the driver died at the scene.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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