Don't Spill Beans In Your Tesla Model 3 Trunk (GROSS) 🤢



I spilled beans in my Tesla Model 3 Trunk and it smelled like something died. Luckily my friends at Elite Finish Detailing were available to help me remedy the situation. Check them out at

It was Saturday, July 14th 2018. I was picking up food from our favorite Mexican market for my son’s third birthday party. It was hot outside, I was running late, and they handed me four trays of food with pinto beans, rice, chicken, and beef that all weighed six pounds each.

I stacked them in a basket and in a hurry threw them in the under compartment of my Tesla Model 3. Upon arriving at home guests were already there and I had to hurry and get the food prepared.

The next day I got in my Tesla Model 3 to drive to work and was hit in the face by a smell so rancid I thought something died inside my car. After a few failed attempts at cleaning it myself, I had to call in the professionals.

Wes and his team at Elite Finish did the ceramic coating on my car and are experts at these kinds of things. I brought it to their shop later that day and within twenty minutes it was all ready to go, good as new.

Here are the products they used to remedy it:

I also use their wash mist product each week to keep my Tesla Model 3 looking sharp. You can find more about this here –

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33 Replies to “Don't Spill Beans In Your Tesla Model 3 Trunk (GROSS) 🤢”

  1. Peter S

    Only a bloke would do this. Can't imagine that a woman running such an errand would at the very least, forget to put either a tarpaulin or something waterproof in the boot / trunk to prevent just such an occurrence.

  2. Angel Guzman Maeso

    A good idea to kill the initial smell or residual (beans or other bad smells) it is use a ozone cleaner (it kills the bacteries converting O2 in 03) in a couple of hours your car will smell like first day 😉

  3. packadrum

    I would use an Ozone device to kill the odors and germs that produce them. It will leave your car smelling good. I have a small one that I sell for CPAP sanitizing that would work perfect. My brother uses his to keep his car from smelling of smoke odors which is does like magic.

  4. Aadarsh Nair

    I am actually getting a model 3 soon (yayyyy) , just need to pick it up and since I live in Fremont it was delivered pretty early since I ordered it late, anyway – a similar thing happened in my Subaru which I own now, and what we did was replace the entire mat in the trunk…… wish I had seen this earlier!

  5. Aadarsh Nair

    I am actually getting a model 3 soon (yayyyy) , just need to pick it up and since I live in Fremont it was delivered pretty early since I ordered it late, anyway – a similar thing happened in my Subaru which I own now, and what we did was replace the entire mat in the trunk…… wish I had seen this earlier!

  6. Masaaki Furuki

    You needed to bring catering bags with the same size of cardboard to place between the stack layer of containers in order to prevent leaks better. A disposable tablecloth would provide more protection for car interior with catering bag and cardboard setup. I don't know too much about cleaning solutions. But if you never want to risk your car again, you should request a drop off delivery.

  7. Peter Macmillan

    Similar issue with my model s. A pack of raw turkey meat slipped into that 'hidden' bit in the trunk… then we went on vacation for 2 weeks. 3 weeks from discovery we're still battling the smell with ozone, chlorine dioxide car bomb, remove all the carpet pieces and scrubbing/leaving in the sun, baking soda, vinegar, just anything we can think of and it still smells. May have to sell the car as we can't find a solution. 🙁

  8. Kevin

    Aside from the D’OH! factor I found this information useful. I suggest that you contact WeatherTech and ask them to add a sub-trunk liner to their current Model 3 cargo liner product line.

  9. Two Bit da Vinci

    [Ricky] Here is the $64,000 question: Is ther something about Tesla Trunk materials that make it worse than other cars? Because I've spilled some undesireables in my petrol cars that wreaked to high noon 🙂

  10. billdale1

    Ben: the smell may be the least of your problems! Roaches and other critters have much stronger senses of "smell" (they actually use their antennae, of course), so even if YOU can't smell it, especially if you leave any means for them to get in, they will do so, and then you got REAL problems getting rid of them. They will take up residence under seats or elsewhere… i heard a roach can live off of the glue of one postage stamp— don't know if it's true, but just the thought is enough to leave your skin crawling.

    With kids around you want neither bugs nor poisons, but there is a tactic: there are very cheap, sticky, nontoxic traps for mice… place one under each seat, with a few drops of moisture (need water to survive) and a tiny bit of food in the center. If there are any bugs, the trap will snag them. Very simple, cheap solution.

    Good luck.

  11. Richard Poole

    Hi Ben. I do love the practical videos like this; solving problems that any car might experience to some level. Thanks. Sometimes the professional service from a detailer is exactly what's needed and, for cars that get laden with salt in winter, a Spring detailing session will make summer driving way nicer and preserve fabrics for much longer service.

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