Needs to be a stainless hardware option (bolts/nuts, ect.) Or just any bolt that threads into the unibody, suspension parts come to mind.

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Anyone else work on cars in the rust belt know what I'm talking about?
 

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Anyone else work on cars in the rust belt know what I'm talking about?
Stainless nuts & bolts are costlier, and they are weaker so they have to be bigger -- both of which increase their price. Imagine the total savings If Ford reduced the cost of its 15 million F150s by just $10 each. And as the saying goes, "The engineers aren't the ones who have to fix what they design."

But I somehow doubt that Tesla would take cost-saving that far. And it is their employees who have to fix Teslas. Finally, in earlier days the objective was to keep the car together until the 90-day warranty was over, whereas today if 10-year-old rusty nuts snap off rusty bolts, consumers have the power to damage reputation.
 
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