I received a quote from a Tesla approved body shop in the Denver area for a door ding, which also includes blending the pearl white paint into the perfectly good rear door. Has anyone experienced this? Car is 3 months old
Sorry to see. One of the reasons we bit the bullet and went the PPF route to hopefully avoid the time and aggrevation getting fixed. Did you have Sentry on and catch the person who most likely knew they damaged your car? Maybe at least get it paid for.
Very similar door ding on my car. 1600 to fix through Tesla approved body shop. I had a low deductible so ran it through insurance.
PPF would not have protected against that hit. Sure some softer hits but not that one. Probably need new PPF as well.
If you try to sell it, it will likely show a CarFax report that will cost you way more than $1600. Low deductibles are total waste of money because of this. I never put in for such a small claims and set all deductibles to max.
Keep your body shop receipts to show any possible buyers?????
Doesn't matter, much. If you trade it, they will look it up for any history before they give you a number, and don't care about your receipts.
Possibly in a private sale, but given two identical cars for the same price, one has a Carfax ding (with receipts) the other does not, which would you choose? Maybe you'd choose the with a Carfax ding because price is more negotiable. A savvy buyer might ask for VIN to lookup Carfax before even coming out to look at it.
Only time it doesn't matter is if you keep it long enough that the impact is minimal or $0.
I think Carfax does differentiate between minor and major body work. But some people just want to see a "Clean Carfax" report.
Even used cars on Tesla Site, at the top level listing view now shows (car had body damage history or not).
The only way the repairs would show up on a carfax is if the insurance company or body shop reports it. Some insurance companies dont report claims to carfax. Reputable body shops won't report to carfax as repairs on your personal vehicle should be private information....
I get the argument it may lower resale if it does show up on a carfax but so would not fixing the dent. I would ask your shop and insurance if they report and make an informed decision then. At the end of the day, you pay for insurance to fix things like this.
It comes down to OP's deductible. If its less then 500 he would be saving at least $1100. Insurance companies typically don't raise insurance rates for non at fault accidents (ie car parked and unoccupied), even if they did raise his rates, in this case, would they raise it $1100 over 6 months? Probably not. Just my .02You still fix the dent !! You pay for it out of your pocket.
Insurance was intended to protect you from a major financial hit. Not for fixing door dings.
No Guarantee it will show up on Carfax. Odds are higher that it will than it won't.
It comes down to OP's deductible. If its less then 500 he would be saving at least $1100. Insurance companies typically don't raise insurance rates for non at fault accidents (ie car parked and unoccupied), even if they did raise his rates, in this case, would they raise it $1100 over 6 months? Probably not. Just my .02
Sorry we got a little off topic it appears. Long story short, any reputable body shop will need to blend into the rear door on your car due to the color and distance from the rear door regardless of how OP decides to pay for it. Hope this helps