Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register

Got rear-ended with minor damage, bumper replacement or repaint ?

Edifice21

New Member
Mar 24, 2021
2
0
USA
So Other person's insurance is going to Pay. We both have the Same Insurance Company. So initially I got a quote from Tesla it will cost $800 ( basically they will replace the bumper ). But Insurance insisted to go certified body shop which they are going to repaint and change one sensor and it will cost $1700 ( Which has roughly $900 Miscellaneous cost for the various test and they will match the paint not replace the bumper). I bought the car less than 3 weeks ago.

My Question what you guys would prefer to do? I am worried about the color matching part..tesla said it will match the color 100% because the car is only 3 weeks old..Tesla certified body shop also said it will match the color 100% with paint Job and just replacing the bumper won't match the color,.

Please advice.
 

TespaceX

Member
May 1, 2020
462
684
CA
Why go through all the hassle and work of repainting a damaged bumper?
If Tesla has a pre-painted new bumper, just get that. Should be a no-brained IMO.

Why does the other party want to go through insurance for $800 repair??
 

Edifice21

New Member
Mar 24, 2021
2
0
USA
Thanks only reason I am in doubt because its actually some minor scratch no big dent..so repaint may match the color ..replacing a rear bumper it wont match the color or it will ?
 

Big Dog

Active Member
Mar 7, 2016
1,562
1,547
Irvine, CA
Tesla ships pre-painted bumpers and since it comes straight from the factory, I'd do that option if you can swing it. Surprised the Tesla did not charge extra for resetting the sensors. (when my D's Audi bumper was hit in a parking lot, Audi charged $850 alone just to recalibrate the sensors in the bumper. They said it was a safety thing, and the insurance paid it in full.)
 

MXracerjimmy

Member
Dec 15, 2020
23
15
California
I just went through this this same situation. Other driver at fault. They required I go to her insurance providers body shop (non Tesla) to get an estimate first. They estimated $750.00. They cut me a check. Because by law you have a choice where to take it for repairs, I told the adjuster I was going to Tesla and if it was more, they would pay the difference. They agreed. Took it to Tesla and in a little more than an hour, they replaced the rear bumper fascia with a pre-painted one $1156.00. Her insurance paid me the difference. In addition, I had to go back to work so her insurance had to pay for a rental. I have some pretty serious road rash on the front fascia, so after this exercise, I called Tesla and had them send me a quote for the front. $1156.00 for the front. I am going in on Tuesday to have it replaced. Don't bother with the body shops.
 

Big Dog

Active Member
Mar 7, 2016
1,562
1,547
Irvine, CA
I just went through this this same situation. Other driver at fault. They required I go to her insurance providers body shop (non Tesla) to get an estimate first. They estimated $750.00. They cut me a check. Because by law you have a choice where to take it for repairs, I told the adjuster I was going to Tesla and if it was more, they would pay the difference. They agreed. Took it to Tesla and in a little more than an hour, they replaced the rear bumper fascia with a pre-painted one $1156.00. Her insurance paid me the difference. In addition, I had to go back to work so her insurance had to pay for a rental. I have some pretty serious road rash on the front fascia, so after this exercise, I called Tesla and had them send me a quote for the front. $1156.00 for the front. I am going in on Tuesday to have it replaced. Don't bother with the body shops.

Who is "they"? Her insurer?

Why did you not just call your own insurance company, and not waste your time dealing with their body shop. That is what you pay your insurer for.

Protip: By CA law, your insurer could not have raised your rates for an at-fault accident when the other person is at fault. (It's amazing to me why CA folks are scared to call their own agents after paying them thousands of dollars for 'service'.)
 

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top