Renting a Tesla? Here’s What You Need to Know

202207-what-to-know-renting-tesla-model-y-model-3 Tesla Model Y (left) and Model 3 | illustration by Paul Dolan

So right now, chances are, you’re holding a credit-card-sized piece of plastic in an airport parking garage, looking at the Tesla Model 3 or Model Y you’ve just rented and trying to figure out how to open the damn thing. So you brought out your phone, Googled “how to open a Tesla,” and now you’ve found yourself here. Well don’t worry, we’re going to help you figure out just how to use that car you’ve rented in the video below, which will teach you “how to Tesla.” It has everything you need to know to operate your rented Tesla as quickly and easily as possible.

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You see, you’ve likely just discovered something fundamental about Teslas: They don’t work like other cars. They’re loaded with quirks and features that have been reinvented in head-scratching, unintuitive ways. Opening the car door is just the first step — it gets even weirder once you get inside.

The video below is divided into chapters that answer the questions you probably have if you’ve never touched a Tesla before. How do you unlock and open it? How do you start it? Where is the steering-wheel adjustment? How far can I drive before I need to charge it? Feel free to skip to a particular topic, or if you want a tutorial on all the basics, watch the video all the way through.

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