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Body Repair Costs and Timelines

My Model 3 was backed into in a parking lot in January (after < 30 days of ownership :mad:). I thought this information may be useful to others:

Damage:
While I don't have proof (wish Sentry was available then!), I'm confident that it was backed into by a pickup truck. The rear bumper was temporarily depressed and scratched. One of the bumper sensors was dislodged. The trunk was depressed enough to break a weld. Virtually invisible from a distance, save for the sensor.

Repair Cost:
As of right now, all I have is a detailed estimate: they'll be replacing both the trunk and bumper, and likely the missing/broken sensor, plus some other minor things. This will involve painting both the trunk and bumper since they come from Tesla bare, and then blending into the adjacent panels. Total repair is estimated at $3600.

Timeline:
The repair shop I'm using did the estimate via pictures, so that only took a couple of days.
The parts took ~6 weeks to get from Tesla.
The repair is estimated to take ~2 weeks, as long as they don't have to order anything else (they have yet to see the car in person).

As a related aside, Tesla also owes me a windshield since it was chipped upon delivery. They claim it is now en route, which means it will have taken ~11 weeks by the time they get it. :rolleyes:

Hopefully this info is helpful to others.
 
Any update? As far as the bumper sensor goes, do you know if the harness that connects to it is a press-fit or welded into the sensor?

My harness has come off (looks like it’s broken) after someone hit the bumper and as a result, parking distance, chimes, lane change etc. have stopped working altogether.

Sorry, I don't know the details of how the sensors connect.

They ended up needing to order another part, which added about a week, but didn't replace the bumper I don't think. (As an aside, the bumper attachment clips are kind of a crappy design, IMO, because they don't hold very well. They ended up having to add a bunch of glue to keep it in place.)

Total cost was around $4k IIRC. They did a decent paint job, but not flawless- can see where they blended it.
 
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