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Accident this morning. No injuries but painful damage to car.

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by artsci, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. artsci

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    #1 artsci, Dec 16, 2013
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    I was in a fender bender this morning at a four way stop sign. Totally my fault and I feel like an idiot. It was very slow speed so there were no injuries to me or the other driver, but I'm in great pain over the damage to my wonderful car. It appears largely cosmetic but I won't know until the appraiser shows up. I can drive the car just fine but with the front bumper hanging loose that's not a good idea. Looking at the hood it does not appear to align properly so perhaps some damage to the hinges/mounts.

    As the accident happened only 1/2 mile from my house I did manage to drive back home, where the wounded car is sitting.

    Anyone want to guess at the cost of repairs? I'm figuring $5,000 to $10,000, likely on the high side of the range.

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  2. Johan

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    Ouch. I feel for you brother. Will you get the Service center to look at it?
     
  3. ElSupreme

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    Is your frunk popped? If it isn't then probably close to that $10k number.

    Otherwise I think you might be able to get off around $7k. Assuming no major under the bumper damage.


    And that is to get back to factory. I have no idea how much all your additions will set you back.
     
  4. artsci

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    #4 artsci, Dec 16, 2013
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    I've been in touch with Service. If there's no structural damage I can have it repaired any place I want. If structural I have to have the work done at a Tesla approved place in Rockville or Annapolis.

    The frunk lid is slightly damaged at the lower right end but it works just fine. The guts of the frunk seem ok. The right headlamp cover is cracked. The crash bar behind the nose cone is slightly dented on the right side. Most of my mods survived intact -- radar and laser sensors, lighted T, Oznium controller for the T. My EZPass transponder, which was on the front of the crash bar, is toast.

    On the bright side, now I get to see what's behind the bumper:)

    I'll take some more photos.
     
  5. Bearman

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    Im sorry your beautiful car is damaged artsci but I am glad it doesn't seem to be anything that cant be fixed.
    Good luck with the repairs and I'm sure it will be back in pristine shape soon.
     
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    What a pain to see all your dedicated work go to waste. Hope the recovery and restoration will go smoothly.
     
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    Gah.. I'm sorry to hear what happened, and see the results. I'm glad everyone came out unscathed. I know how much time you've been spending on your car (especially in the area where you've done damage!)

    I hope a quick recovery time for you and your car (and your mental distress!)
     
  8. techmaven

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    artsci, very sorry to see that damage.

    I am curious if you are replacing the bumper anyways, if it is possible to get one with the parking sensors embedded.
     
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    That's painful to see on a MS, but it sounds like you're ok. So that's good.
     
  10. artsci

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    Thanks everybody. I have to be grateful that I or the other driver was not injured. Most of the mods can easily be replaced. And there was no damage to the front camera. With the camera switch almost ready, I won't be adding parking sensors. With the front camera they won't be needed.
     
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    pain! sorry to see!
     
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    We had a fender bender to the rear recently. The cost was $6k+ at a Tesla-approved place in Vancouver. In our case the biggest cost was replacement of the whole lift-gate shell, even though it was just dented in several places. That was deemed required not just aesthetically, but because the crash structure inside the gate was damaged. I imagine you will have similar issues. If the steel bumper is considered compromised and could endanger you in a subsequent more violent front-end collision, Tesla will want it replaced.
     
  13. artsci

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    Thanks. I assume that the crash bar has to be replaced. If the appraiser didn't think so I'd insist on it. Still waiting to hear from the appraiser. While I've been waiting I've taken the opportunity to get all the ducks in a row for the repairs.
     
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    My Signature S was hit in the driver quarter panel causing a cut in the aluminum. Final paint matching and repairs were $5,300. I'd say your pushing 10k from the pictures. On the bright side the insurance can only use approved service centers and they do a fantastic job making your Model S beautiful again.

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    That's a nasty tear. Was the aluminum panel replaced or repaired?
     
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    Saw on the Tesla forum another MS with similar damage had been appraised at 20K. The insurance then wrote the whole car off as they felt the car had been compromised.
     
  17. dratifk

    dratifk Sorry Sold my *****

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    I just can't believe how expensive it is to repair this car. After I told my wife she is paranoid about driving it. Really over 5K for that tiny tear in the aluminum?
     
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    glad it was only property damage
    hang in there.
     
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    Artsci-

    Uggh! I get a pit in my stomach just looking at the pictures. I really feel for you. So glad nobody was injured. She'll be as good as new soon.
     
  20. aaron.s

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    SO SORRY this happened - but I'm glad you and the other driver are ok...

    Someone backed into my car in a parking lot when it was charging this summer ... I had front hood damage (front lip bent) and hood alignment problems as well as some damage behind the nosecone and a headlight mount broke and the headlight had to be replaced as well as the front lower facia.

    Got it repaired by a Tesla Approved body shop near me in Mt. Vernon NY (J&B) and it was $32,000 !!!

    My car had less visible damage than yours. I have a feeling it is going to be a lot more expensive that $10k....
     

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