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2022 S Plaid - Bumper Damage - Repair or Replace?

A careless driver rear ended me (low speed) and my rear bumper was deformed.

Any ideas on repair or replace?

Thanks
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If it is all just the bumper, have Tesla order the bumper painted and let them install it. Then have the guy pay you cash. Would hate to involve insurance on it.

Some of those scratches look hard to just "repair".
Thanks for the insight.

I did call Tesla, but they told me to contact their certified shop, and the shop gave me a quote for around 3.5k (bumper and diffuser replacement).
Not sure why Tesla don't do it themselves nowadays.

The guy told me he prefers not going through insurance, but I don't know if he wants to pay 3.5k. If the insurance end up pays, would that count as accident report?
 

SoCal Buzz

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Thanks for the insight.

I did call Tesla, but they told me to contact their certified shop, and the shop gave me a quote for around 3.5k (bumper and diffuser replacement).
Not sure why Tesla don't do it themselves nowadays.

The guy told me he prefers not going through insurance, but I don't know if he wants to pay 3.5k. If the insurance end up pays, would that count as accident report?
You are not at fault and should always go through insurance so they can represent you. There is no guarantee the other driver will pay, and if they flake then you have a problem. You pay a lot for insurance, let them manage it.
 
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The guy told me he prefers not going through insurance, but I don't know if he wants to pay 3.5k. If the insurance end up pays, would that count as accident report?
If you claim it against insurance, yes it will end up as a report on the car history. Technically, the auto body could still report it, but that is less likely. But @SoCal Buzz makes a valid point - if the person flakes, you are left holding the full cost of the repairs. You could agree to have the at fault driver meet you at the body shop and pay for the work at drop-off (body shop will be happy with this) or get a cashiers check from the driver. If neither of those routes work, then you would need to go through insurance and let them fight it for you.
 
If you claim it against insurance, yes it will end up as a report on the car history. Technically, the auto body could still report it, but that is less likely. But @SoCal Buzz makes a valid point - if the person flakes, you are left holding the full cost of the repairs. You could agree to have the at fault driver meet you at the body shop and pay for the work at drop-off (body shop will be happy with this) or get a cashiers check from the driver. If neither of those routes work, then you would need to go through insurance and let them fight it for you.
Got it. Thank you guys!

Just sent him the quote yesterday, and if he says he'll pay, I'll make sure he pays everything beforehand.
 
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Well, on the other side of the coin, a car stopped unexpectedly in front of me, and I deformed HIS bumper. It was just a scratch, something I would have buffed out or used some touch up paint on, but he wanted a whole new bumper. I, too, wanted to leave insurance out of it, and it cost me.

What bothers me is that so many people are so eager to put their cars in new condition after a bump, when usually the car is NOT new and has scratches in other places, OR IT WILL HAVE soon enough. I have a slight dent in my bumper right now. Since I put it there, it's just going to sit until some sucker hits me, and then I'll soak them. No, really, if you'd put the dent there yourself, what would you do? Let it ride, or get it repaired? I'd buff out what little damage I see in your picture. Most body shops could fix it up easily while you wait.
 
Well, on the other side of the coin, a car stopped unexpectedly in front of me, and I deformed HIS bumper. It was just a scratch, something I would have buffed out or used some touch up paint on, but he wanted a whole new bumper. I, too, wanted to leave insurance out of it, and it cost me.

What bothers me is that so many people are so eager to put their cars in new condition after a bump, when usually the car is NOT new and has scratches in other places, OR IT WILL HAVE soon enough. I have a slight dent in my bumper right now. Since I put it there, it's just going to sit until some sucker hits me, and then I'll soak them. No, really, if you'd put the dent there yourself, what would you do? Let it ride, or get it repaired? I'd buff out what little damage I see in your picture. Most body shops could fix it up easily while you wait.
Buff out including this?
 

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OMG just realized you drove a 2019 M550, is it white as well? I had a white M550 before buying this model S.

How does this thing turn out for you? How long did you wait for the spare bumper to be available? I am in the exact same situation(rear bumper and diffuser are damaged) but unfortunately rear ended by an non-insured driver without drivers license. My insurance company allow me to claim the accident under uninsured motorist coverage and waived my collision deductible. Scheduled an appointment with tesla certified body shop for quote but they warned me the wait time is going to be very long!!
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For a bumper cover type "accident" that goes through insurance and shows up on carfax? In the past, I made sure to keep lots of photos of the damage. When I then went to sell the car privately? The buyers clearly saw it was bumper cover only type damage, and they still paid full asking price
 

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