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Badly repaired 2017 Model S

Discussion in 'Model S' started by ghouston87, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. ghouston87

    ghouston87 Member

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    I am stuck with a conundrum. Last May I got into a car accident, pretty bad and I was recommended a shop by an acquaintance. It took them months to repair the car and gave it back with minor issues here and there. Didn’t think much of it. A few weeks ago I got in a small fender bender. Light damage to the rear bumper. I took it to Tesla to have it repaired when they opened it up they found BAD damage from the previous accident. Like think of the sloppiest repair/cover up repairs you have ever seen. But anyways, Apparently the ship pocketed over $20k in repair costs and parts and pretty much just put the outside back together and replaced some parts. I have reported the shop to the NCIB, the TDI and I’m in the process of doing a OAG complaint for fraud against the shop. I still have $39k that I owe and the car is SUPER depreciated. I am looking into options including selling the car AS IS or borderline salvage. My concern would be that whoever buys it at a steep discount may sell it to an unknowing buyer who is unaware of the structural damage and endanger their lives. How much could I sell the car as salvage? It’s a 2017, black model S, AP 2.0, grey slipstreams and white interior with 78k miles on it


    PLEASE dont knock on me for my dumb mistake of taking it to a small unauthorized shop. I learned my lesson and won’t do it again.
     
  2. linux-works

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    sounds like fraud, which means, lawyers. get one.
     
  3. ghouston87

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    I am looking for one. It has been super bad given the stay at home order or whatever and nobody is working and courts are closed.
     
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    good luck. its not your fault. don't feel to blame.

    shoddy repair places exist; but lawyer up and go after them.

    don't give up. take your time finding the right lawyer; that will matter, the most.
     
  5. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    If you have started an adverse action against the ship/shop in question, you may position yourself to lose that claim against them if you sell the car before that action is settled. You need to check with a lawyer before you do anything else. At least get something in writing and maybe from the OAG.
     
  6. FoxSTL2HOU

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    Inform your insurance company who may take care of the legal aspect, and if the other driver was at fault for either accident, look into an appraisal from a Diminished Value appraiser - if the accident was "pretty bad" as you describe, there may still be significant damages you could pursue.
     

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