Like any other big purchase, after picking up my Tesla my attention quickly turned to what Model Y accessories to buy. Thankfully there are plenty of great ways to improve your ride, many of which are very affordable additions. From protecting this expensive asset to flat out vanity, here are my favourite Model Y accessories so far.
Tesmanian Floor Mats
Even though the Model Y is a high-end vehicle, it’s factory floor mats are not. So, one of the first Model Y accessories I purchased was Tesmanian floor mats.
I went with the full package to protect the front driver and passenger seats as well as the back passengers. This also comes with trunk, frunk, and under trunk storage area mats. The fit is perfect and so very necessary, especially if you live in a wet climate as I do.
With my clean Tesmania mats installed, I found my stock pedals really stuck out, but not in a good way. To fix this, I purchased these Silver Performance Pedal Covers. This is an easy way to add a bit of flair. They look so much better than the stock pedals in my opinion.
If you bought a Tesla Model 3 prior to 2021 you’ll be subject to the piano black finish on the console. Despite its classy look, it’s a fingerprint magnet. Tesla acknowledges this and went with matt black finish on its newer models. Those that have the piano black, however, can cover it up with a vinyl wrap.
I went with an ABS cover as it is so much easier to install. No fussing with water or removal of air bubbles. Just line it up and slap it on. Goodbye fingerprints.
Speaking of fingerprints, the next Model Y accessory I bought was a screen protector from Elon Accessories. On top of reducing fingerprint smudges, the matte finish reduces glare. As the name suggests. it also protects the screen from potential scratches and damage.
Steering Wheel Tray
Another Elon Accessories purchase I made was a steering wheel tray. Although it’s just a ridiculous piece of plastic, it’s actually incredibly functional.
While waiting to charge I am able to attach it and work on my laptop comfortably. To make it even easier to use, I set up an “Office” profile to ensure the seat is set up for better economics.
I intend to get plenty of use out of this when I “Workation” my way across the country in the future. Stay tuned!
Sentry Mode Drive
The first Model Y accessories I purchased was an SSD hard drive. This is essential if you want to save any dashcam or Sentry Mode footage. I use the Samsung T5 500 GB drive to store my Lightroom catalogue and love it for its durability and compact size. I ended up upgrading that to 1TB and using my old Samsung T5 500 GB drive for Sentry Mode.
After posting this, however, I was turned on to the fact that SSD drives do not have a great lifespan for this type of use. The cameras are constantly recording and thus writing to the drive a lot. The Samsung SSD is only rated to 150 TBW (terabytes written) whereas high-endurance micro-SD cards, like the Samsung PRO Endurance card, are around 5,000 TBW. This means you will get a lot more life out of using a high or pro endurance micro-SD. On top of that, they are smaller and use less power.
Garbage Bag Holder
After just a few days of ownership, I realized I missed gas stations, just not for the gas. After road tripping around Quebec, I was starting to pile up garbage and tossing it in the back seat. My shiny new Model Y quickly started to feel like my college beater.
Now on road trips, this would all be disposed while filling up at gas stations. With an EV, this becomes an interesting problem.
To remedy this on future trips, I found this great backseat garbage bag holder.
This attaches to the backseat pocket and features magnetic clips and an automatic light. On top of using it for road trips, this Model Y accessory is good for those looking to make money renting their Tesla out on Turo or using it to drive for Lyft or Uber.
Note: This item has a big “3” on it as it is intended for the Tesla Model 3. I was able to take it apart and reverse it so the 3 is facing the back.
Door Lock Covers
This model Y accessory is an odd but effective one. With the Model Y came the chrome delete that many Model 3 owners went out of their way to do. One spot Tesla neglected is the door hinges and hardware. The silver really sticks out and these cover them up. This kit comes with covers for all four doors and two latches.
Another cheap but effective accessory is this easy addition for hidden storage. It installs in the centre console and provides a hidden compartment for things like spare keys, cards, and a convenient spot to hide your Quick Bandit removable licence plate key.
Quick Bandit Licence Plate Holder
Speaking of the Quick Bandit, this Model Y accessory was a must for me. Since I intend to take plenty of pictures of my ride, being able to remove the licence plate is a must. The Quick Bandit offers a solution for easily removing your license plate in seconds. This also avoids any unnecessary glue residue from the factory plate holder or worse, screwing into your bumper to attach your front license plate.
What Model Y Accessories Am I Missing??
There you have it, my favourite Model Y accessories to date. From custom fit floor mats to the vanity pedals, these are easy things you can do to spiff up your brand new Tesla model Y.
Am I missing any Model Y accessories? I intend to follow up with another batch of accessories so let me know in the comments below but I need to buy next!