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Door damage / replacement experiences, cost etc

Discussion in 'Model S' started by JimmyMcNulty, Jun 18, 2017.

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  1. JimmyMcNulty

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    https://i.imgur.com/Zf8Xbj8.jpg

    It was an unfortunate incident and yes, it was my fault – quite bummed so I'll leave it at that.

    Don't know yet whether I should go through insurance or not. My premium is already on the high side, and I already have a previous claim (small rear window got smashed by someone in February).

    Any experiences with this sort of damage (cost etc) would be appreciated.
     
  2. kdday

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    That should buff out
     
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    I'd recommend you go to a local Tesla authorized shop and get a quote then you'll have a better idea of what direction to choose.
     
  4. ModelX

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    Ouch! No idea of cost of repair-sorry!
     
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    Get a quote from tesla certified, also what if you but the door panel from a 3rd party because tesla I think only sells the whole door which is expensive, I know a guy that can sell you the door panel and is in CA and only wanted a like $150 I believe. What color is your car silver or white I might have a door panel for the drivers front for sale that is white.
     
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    Wow this was pretty painful to see. I'm kinda curious how much it would be.
     
  7. ⚡️ELECTROMAN⚡️

    ⚡️ELECTROMAN⚡️ Fritterer and waster of hours in an off hand wayer

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    I had my driver's side rear door replaced recently and it cost $4600. If you use a non-certified shop you might be able to get the cost down closer to $2,000.
     
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    That's painful to look at. Having heard about some insurance company raising rates recently (and wondering if others will follow), I would be hesitant to file a claim but wonder how bad the repair would be. How old is your car? Curious about the warranty left on it. Be careful going to a non-Tesla certified shop for repair (to use a salvaged part to save on $s) and then find that Tesla will invalidate the warranty on the car even if a warranty situation arises on another part of the car.
     
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    How would Tesla know its a salvage part? As long as was installed correctly and paint was good it might be fine. I assume it would be reported so the next buyer would know via carfax. If you are going to keep the car forever then not a problem. Does the door still work as-is?
     
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    I dented both passenger doors last summer. At that time, I bought new primed door shells from Tesla for about $725 each. I could have picked up a couple of used, mildly damaged doors off of ebay, but I really didn't want any Bondo on my MS.
     
  11. Stirthepot

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    $6Kish to replace and repaint that door if you want to do it right. i had a door replaced on my old S, rear passenger door. some hit it while i was in a parking lot and took off or "forgot" to leave a note.

    any way, that looks beyond replacing just the skin on of the door, not that i would recommend that but depending on your insurance if you go that route they may push for it.
     
  12. gabeincal

    gabeincal Enjoying Napa life the electric way

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    Sorry about your door and hope it works out OK. Kinda curious as to how it happened though... Opened the door, left it open and reversed?
     
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    ⚡️ELECTROMAN⚡️ Fritterer and waster of hours in an off hand wayer

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    What insurance company do you have?
     
  14. Stirfelt

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    The comment above regarding Tesla cancelling the warranty is disconcerting. I certainly could understand if it was a drive line or safety component, or electronic .... but a repair and paint to the coachwork seems a bit heavy handed to me. (Tell me it ain't true)

    The more I learn about Tesla's business policies ... the less sure I become that I want to pursue a purchase.
    The Tesla may be a tremendously wonderful car .... but mishaps do occur (debris on the road; rocks falling from trucks and etc) .... if a minor dent or scraps is going to have major financial consequences .... I need to consider alternatives.
    Fortunately, I have about 19 months to learn more and read about other owners experiences. before I must make a decision.
     
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    Door ding

    $3,750 give or take to replace the door shell and repaint, assuming no B-pillar damage.
     
  16. jelloslug

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    In the US, Tesla cannot just cancel your warranty for you replacing a damaged body panel. They can deny a warranty claim for something related to the specific part that was replaced but a wholesale cancellation of the warranty is not legal.
     
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