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CPO with Dent in Liftgate? Do I Proceed?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by ahurst, Feb 1, 2017.

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  1. ahurst

    ahurst Member

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    So last week I put a deposit on a 2014 P85D CPO with Ludicrous upgrade...
    It had everything I wanted in options but the heated steering wheel.

    Today my delivery specialist informs me it has a dent in the liftgate and they will replace the entire liftgate and have the new part painted.
    This could take 6 - 8 weeks, so I can pick up the car and drive it until paint shop is ready.
    The CPO has not been shipped yet.

    I still have the option to move on to another CPO...so what would you do in my situation?
    I've asked for photos to gauge the extent of the damage.
     
  2. andrewket

    andrewket Well-Known Member

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    If there is another CPO that meets your requirements and price I'd jump to that. If not, it sounds like Tesla is doing the right thing and is completely replacing the bad part and optimizing the time you'll be without the car. I wouldn't run away necessarily.
     
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  3. kort677

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    if you like this car the only issue if you proceeded to buy it would be the time it took to make the repairs. Once they have the part needed it really shouldn't take a long time to repair.
     
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  4. ahurst

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    I wonder how this might affect resale value...
     
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    It shouldn't affect resale value at all, so long as the repair is perfect. It's just a cosmetic fix.
    If they are giving you a good price you might as well stick with it. Just make sure you inspect it and are firm if it's not up to spec.
     
  6. MDinFL

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    My hood had the crease on the front edge from being closed incorrectly. They replaced the hood. I wish they would have given me the car to drive until it was repaired. However, it wasn't even cleaned or detailed. It did take about 5 weeks for delivery. And, by the way, no useful updates on progress until the last moment. OTOH, I love owning the car.
     
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    My 2015 P85D has a dent in the trunk lid. I am about to turn it in off lease early, unless I sell it. The Tesla Certified Body Shop estimated the repair, and it is a swap of the old part to a new one.. They want ~$3,400 to do the repair. The trunk lid itself is a just over $1,000 from Tesla.
    Here is my car info if anyone is interested. I am taking a huge loss on what my buyout is. My new inventory HW2 Model S has already arrived. 2015 Models P85D
     
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    Here is the damage from the CPO....

    Liftgate.jpg
     
  9. Kenriko

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    That's nothin.. a ding specialist should be able to get that out no prob. Given you get it in writing from Tesla that the repair won't cost you anything take the car.
     
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    How about just having the rear facia smoothed then painted from the spoiler down plus a new emblem? Minimally invasive action. (I hate any kind of repaint at all. Never as good as factory) Take the car.
     
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    If they buying you 100% new part and painting it I would stick with it. awesome it has the L mode
     
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    If some painting is involved, it could take longer than you think. I've been there
    Just remember, you'll be paying for the car as it's getting fixed
     
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    I'd see if they could knock a few grand off the price and just take it as is. Then either just take it to a paintless dent removal place, or just live with it and take a nice vacation or something with the money you saved.
     
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    Absolutely not a reason to not buy the car if it has all the options you want in one. That's an easy fix from a dent removal professional. *check for quotes before taking delivery*
     
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    Just be cautious of their timelines. I was suppose to get a nosecone replaced in 4 weeks...it's been 6 now and they still don't have one.
     
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    +1. I would have them fix it before delivery.

    I turned down a CPO that had rear quarter panel dents that was going to add a lot of time to my delivery but took a frunk dented car since they were able to repair that very quickly.

    And yes, paint re-sprays are detectable when selling the car, so it might affect the value even if it doesnt show on the CarFax (been there, paid the price for that)
     
  18. ahurst

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    I think I'm going to bow out of this one...there are other CPO's out there and I can't wait 6-8 weeks. And the repaint scares me.
    I may try to take the photo of the dent to a local paintless dent removal and see what they say.
     
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    There are only 2 L cars under 100k though
     
  20. ahurst

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    True - 74148 looks promising but really high miles
     

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