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Cost to fix two dents and scratches on Model 3, $9k ?

Amleagon

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Apr 30, 2021
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Laurel, Maryland
What did the 9k job quote that they were doing? If they replaced the quarter panel, sure it’s going to be money since they likely charged for a battery removal and new quarter skin.

if you were ok with a cheap shop tossing bondo on the dents and sending a metallic paint job off with a typical spray of only the panels with new bondo, sure. 1500$ is reasonable for no blend job and Maaco quality work.

for reference, there are quite a few model 3 that have been totaled for quarter panel damage and picky owners.
Is there a Tesla service center near you that could have fixed it.
 

TechOps

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Jun 4, 2017
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Austin, TX
A good body shop should be able to fix that without cutting and rewelding the body panel. That looks like a $3-4k repair to me. I think your body shop is taking your insurance company (and you) for a ride. You stated that they're already working on this, which means you gave an OK for the higher number, so why are you posting it here? If it were me, I would decline to have them fix it, and take it to somewhere else.

I can understand if a body shop opens up crash repair and finds additional damage that causes a supplemental request to the insurance company. But raising your estimate 9x for something where the extent of needed work can obviously seen just by looking at it? That's dishonest.
 

balajeek

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Sep 25, 2018
85
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NJ
A good body shop should be able to fix that without cutting and rewelding the body panel. That looks like a $3-4k repair to me. I think your body shop is taking your insurance company (and you) for a ride. You stated that they're already working on this, which means you gave an OK for the higher number, so why are you posting it here? If it were me, I would decline to have them fix it, and take it to somewhere else.

I can understand if a body shop opens up crash repair and finds additional damage that causes a supplemental request to the insurance company. But raising your estimate 9x for something where the extent of needed work can obviously seen just by looking at it? That's dishonest.
Thats what's exactly i was thinking. They do all high end cars and the guys told me they do Model 3's all the time and they have few in the back on repair right now. So for the people who experienced in repairing this car they should know and give the first estimate to be fair and as best as possible. Clearly the damage is more of scratches and couple of small dents. if they know what to do they to fix that then the estimate would have been what it suppose to be. As you said it probably their strategy to estimate it lower and increase it at the insurance. It like the estimate is given by a front desk clerk guy and the actual repair is done by someone else who knows tesla.

Still waiting for the car to be fixed. hopefully the job they do is worth it for what it costs. keep you posted.
but will definitely put reviews out there of my experience.
 

buckets0fun

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Aug 20, 2020
48
17
Earth
The difference is, you want a “shady” repair. They wish to repair by the book. If they are a Tesla approved body shop, they are following what Tesla advises for quarter panel damage.
Not everyone is out to ‘pull one over’.
 
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balajeek

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Sep 25, 2018
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NJ
seem like allstate insurance spoke with them and settled upon on a quote price of around $7500
They texted me today that it will be ready this evening.

Any advice on what to look and inspect to make sure all is well? my car's impact is on the LT qtr panel and door.

Should i be testing the software functionality and audio system and other such, i read here in this forum some had different issues.

Just in case if any issues found (hope not), could i just deny to pickup and ask them to take care of it?
 

calidreamz808

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May 20, 2019
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Huntington Beach, CA
I had similar damage but worse because someone hit me in traffic. They were not paying attention and tried to merge into my lane hitting my rear right side with extremely similar damage at a cost of 5k. I went through the other driver's insurance to repair it. lastly, they did not replace any of the body panels.. they were able to repair the aluminum by other means. They were a Tesla approved shop.
 
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Perscitus

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Jan 29, 2019
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The outter skin of the quarter panel is not aluminium on these cars... service manual and parts site diagrams are your friend:
 

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balajeek

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Sep 25, 2018
85
15
NJ
i picked up the car, and the guy told me door is aluminum and quarter panel is not.
I didn't notice any imperfection or color match issue on the painted site, seem they did a good job.
I did find scratches and chips on the other side of the car I am not sure if it was already present, but have to go over picture to verify. I would've really noticed before becaz i do take good care and watch frequently. Also there is the black undercover that runs from front to back, in some places you see the gap, when asked they said its just a push connector and should get rectified with heat and fixes itself. really!
 

T3SLAROD

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May 14, 2019
744
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SoCal
Tesla = Premium

They treat this brand like it’s Maybach. I had similar damage except on the rear with no dents that ended up over $4k.

I mean look around in the for sale section and look at what people sell OEM wheels and tires for 🤣
 

buckets0fun

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Aug 20, 2020
48
17
Earth
Tesla = Premium

They treat this brand like it’s Maybach. I had similar damage except on the rear with no dents that ended up over $4k.

I mean look around in the for sale section and look at what people sell OEM wheels and tires for 🤣
Market price?

y’all act like sales don’t fuel these prices.
 

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