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Exoskeleton body repair cost

yobigd20

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ok so when autopilot decides to smash you into a concrete barrior, what do you think the repair cost will be for fixing the exoskeleton body?

It’s not like you have replaceable panels here.

100k in labor? Lol. You’d have to disassemble the entire vehicle to replace it. Dent your truck once and insurance will immediately salvage it. Lol

There are just so many fails with this design.
 

jboy210

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If you sideswipe a concrete barrier will there be any damage? Would you buff out any abrasions or just leave them since the finish is brushed metal?
 

yobigd20

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If you sideswipe a concrete barrier will there be any damage? Would you buff out any abrasions or just leave them since the finish is brushed metal?

I would imagine the force of impact would be much higher than a sledgehammer still resulting in significant enough damage in various accidents
 

user212_nr

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ok so when autopilot decides to smash you into a concrete barrior, what do you think the repair cost will be for fixing the exoskeleton body?

It’s not like you have replaceable panels here.

100k in labor? Lol. You’d have to disassemble the entire vehicle to replace it. Dent your truck once and insurance will immediately salvage it. Lol

There are just so many fails with this design.

Question is poorly conceived because modern cars are designed to be destroyed on impact. By using steel, the car will not be totaled so often, but the danger is to the occupants and other vehicles.
 
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1965Falcon

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DeLoreans are not cheap to fix and I'm guessing this will suffer the same repair expense. Body shops are not going to know how to deal with the stainless, so finding someone to repair it could be difficult as well.
 

Fernand

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Maybe it's like worrying about putting bondo on a tank. Scars are a sign of character. AS to the concrete barrier, it's cheap to replace using non-union labor. And do I detect a specific orientation in the OP's choice of automotive accessories and the autopilot comment?
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mspohr

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DeLoreans are not cheap to fix and I'm guessing this will suffer the same repair expense. Body shops are not going to know how to deal with the stainless, so finding someone to repair it could be difficult as well.
There are entire industries fabricating things out of stainless steel. Lots of industrial food equipment is make from stainless. Lots of manufacturing equipment. It's not rocket science.
 

P3dStealth

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You are potentially looking at frame damage from any accident. Also its pretty hard to repair an unpainted steel surface back to the OEM color and look after an accident. Insurance for this truck will be high.

Paint hides surface imperfections. Frame damage normally totals a car. This truck has a frame on the outside.
 

mspohr

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You are potentially looking at frame damage from any accident. Also its pretty hard to repair an unpainted steel surface back to the OEM color and look after an accident. Insurance for this truck will be high.

Paint hides surface imperfections. Frame damage normally totals a car. This truck has a frame on the outside.
This truck has no frame. Just cut and paste new panels and steel brush the seams. No paint so much cheaper to repair.
 

mspohr

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Stainless steel shows scratches easily. I think many customers (including me) might wrap their Cybertrucks. Or at least wrap it with clear paint protection film.
There is a reason people like stainless steel kitchen appliances. They're durable and easy to keep clean and good looking. Painted metal shows scratches easily. Stainless is "brushed" with scratches. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "that will buff right out".

I do predict a lot of creative use of film covers.
 
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jboy210

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DeLoreans are not cheap to fix and I'm guessing this will suffer the same repair expense. Body shops are not going to know how to deal with the stainless, so finding someone to repair it could be difficult as well.

Body shops don't know how to handle aluminum either. So most repairs to things like a F-150, Model X are remove bent panels, Repeat until your get to unbent metal. Apply new panels. Apply fillers, sand, and blend paint. Collect big $$$.
 

Tjbrown

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ok so when autopilot decides to smash you into a concrete barrior, what do you think the repair cost will be for fixing the exoskeleton body?

It’s not like you have replaceable panels here.

100k in labor? Lol. You’d have to disassemble the entire vehicle to replace it. Dent your truck once and insurance will immediately salvage it. Lol

There are just so many fails with this design.
I honestly hadn't even considered that.
 
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jboy210

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There is a reason people like stainless steel kitchen appliances. They're durable and easy to keep clean and good looking. Painted metal shows scratches easily. Stainless is "brushed" with scratches. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "that will buff right out".

I do predict a lot of creative use of film covers.

Yep. We have a stainless steel cooktop. Lots of scratches in it. They give it character so I am not buffing them out. But, there are places that fix up stainless steel appliance and do a great job of it. I guess they can be called to fix a cybertruck. And probably are cheaper than a body shop.
 
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jboy210

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You are potentially looking at frame damage from any accident. Also its pretty hard to repair an unpainted steel surface back to the OEM color and look after an accident. Insurance for this truck will be high.

Paint hides surface imperfections. Frame damage normally totals a car. This truck has a frame on the outside.

It is also really hard to repair the pearl colors on a Tesla, like the standard pearl White on an X. 3 layers of paint and coatings. And it take real skill to blend these. A dented rear side panel make require the entire side to be repainted to look untouched in sunlight.
 

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