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Hit a Few Plastic Barrels, Pay Half Your Car's Value

Discussion in 'Model 3: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Wingsy, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. Wingsy

    Wingsy Member

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    Hit a few of these....
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    Pay This...
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    The damage was an order of magnitude above the initial ins co estimate of around $3k. The car is in the shop now and I doubt if I'll ever see it again for the next few months. 213.5 hours of labor. Isn't that enough to make a new one?
     
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  2. Kuhz

    Kuhz Active Member

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    Lol. That’s ridiculous
     
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  3. EVRD

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    You can't post this and not give us a story...
     
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  4. Skipdd

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    Could you post pics - where was damage?

    Don’t have experience w/Model 3, but unsurprising depending on damage if an S. My 1st 6 mos of ownership, sideswiped another car and damaged rear quarter panel. Most expensive part on car. If they would have replaced would have been $13-$15k. They did with just labor -$3800. Like you I was stunned.

    Welcome to Tesla body repair.

    Sorry for the pain. Good luck.
     
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  5. groovidad

    groovidad Living the Dream!

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    Please tell me AP wasn't on and you were not asleep at the wheel(?)
     
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  6. mreynolds767

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    The insurance company must be delighted with that! $3k initial estimate
     
  7. Wingsy

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    Already gave the story and I don't want to get into it again here in this thread. I was so blown away by the total bill that I figured you folks would find it interesting.
    automatic-emergency-braking-failure-the-movie.160407
     
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  8. Daniel in SD

    Daniel in SD Well-Known Member

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    If the insurance company has any sense at all they'll declare it a total loss. They'll sell it auction and lose less money.
     
  9. EVRD

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    Oh wow, didn't see that prior thread. Glad you're ok though. If they can specify exactly what the "mechanical" and "structural" labor entailed, you might be able to convince the insurance company to total it.
     
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    I remember the incident, and that estimate is INSANE!!!
     
  11. Fred42

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    When I was a city bus driver and there was an occasional orange cone in my lane, I would just hit it with no damage to the bus. One day I was driving a Ford Cortina and was about to hit a cone when I realized that my usual nonchalant striking of the cone might not work well, but it was too late to do anything. But the Cortina was also undamaged.
     
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  12. ewoodrick

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    Did that come from Tesla? Or some other body shop. It looks like they have parts listed as labor. That just doesn't seem right.
     
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  13. Puddles

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    This story just keeps giving!

    That estimate looks like a Tesla document. Have you tried to find an independent?
     
  14. TJ73

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    That is bonkers.
     
  15. jjrandorin

    jjrandorin Another BMW convert

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    Why would this OP attempt to farm it out somewhere? The line "customer pays 0" means that OPs insurance is paying. OPs insurance is paying anyway, so as long as they pay, there is no reason to "shop it around", unless its considered totaled and OP wants to keep it.
     
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  16. S4WRXTTCS

    S4WRXTTCS Well-Known Member

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    I knew your little nap would cost a pretty penny, but that's pretty insane.

    Ouch.

    Insurance might be paying it, but WE pay the insurance.
     
  17. Daniel in SD

    Daniel in SD Well-Known Member

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    Our only hope is that DIY powerwall and electric car conversion hobbyists bid up the salvage values.
     
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  18. Uncle Paul

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    How fast were you going when you hit those barrels?
     
  19. cucubits

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    That much from a few squishy traffic barrels??? This quote is completely insane and ridiculous.
     
  20. brkaus

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    Those hours are crazy. 41 hours to paint the car?
     
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