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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. cucubits

    cucubits Active Member

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    It has to be a mistake, or one of the barrels was filled with concrete...

    If this is how Tesla operates, I honestly don't want to have to do anything with them...
     
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  2. AlanSubie4Life

    AlanSubie4Life Efficiency Obsessed Member

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    #22 AlanSubie4Life, Aug 22, 2019
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    It’s a little premature to say it is a mistake if you can’t see the itemization of the damages. The OP should provide them!


    There was a lot of damage from the collision. That was obvious from the original videos. I estimated less than $10k though in the other thread. So obviously there was a lot more damage and dents. Traffic barrels are HEAVY - they can’t blow over in a stiff breeze!!! You really can’t hit them.

    If you damage all the front panels on your car it will be expensive.

    In this case it definitely makes sense for the insurance company to total the vehicle. Obviously it is totally fine to drive other than needing a driver side mirror replacement. Maybe some parking sensor work too. Salvage value should be quite high. Surprised it has not already been totaled.

    I don’t imagine it would be too difficult to have Tesla recertify it in this case, though presumably there are costs there as well.
     
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  3. Wingsy

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    Q/A

    The body shop is a Tesla Certified shop. When I was there it was full of Teslas. It was the cleanest and most modern-looking body shop I've ever seen. I chose it because of the reviews and it is closer to me than the Tesla shop.

    Speed was 72 to 75 when I hit the barrels.

    I could post the entire estimate I guess. It's 10 pages long.
     
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  4. AlanSubie4Life

    AlanSubie4Life Efficiency Obsessed Member

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    Post it if you are comfortable doing so!

    You should definitely get that thing totaled if you can. It makes zero sense to repair it, as you suggested in your original post.

    I would guess the that decision by the insurance company is slightly dependent on your coverage. I guess this is a reason to add rental car coverage to your policy - drives up total repair costs and makes a total more likely.

    It really should be totaled. The salvage value will be really good, unless it is non-functional right now for some reason (other than the mirror). I assume no airbags went and no pyrofuse, runs and drives.
     
  5. Dan203

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    The hours on that seem insane. Why does it take 41 hours to paint the car? That's an entire work week of someone painting just your car. That can’t be possible.
     
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  7. Shake-N-Bake

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    pics of the damage?
     
  8. Electric Dream

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    This is why we have to pay such high insurance premiums. Body shop is ripping off the insurance company so the insurance company will then pass it down the line.

    41 hours for paint is a complete piss take, especially if you've seen how the paint coverage is when a 3 comes out of the factory.
     
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    Thought of your video this week on Rt 1 in Delaware. A similar construction barrel had blown into my lane while on NoA at 65 MPH. Luckily I had hands on wheel and room to maneuver around it. Only one barrel so I would guess it would have been 10K,
     
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  11. Chickenlittle

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    The real story from my vantage point is
    1. The car survived collision at 72 to 75 mph. I didn’t see mentioned what was in the barrels, but I would expect the car to be totaled at that speed. I didn’t see mention of injuries but you survived to complain about the cost of repair
    2. Real lesson, don’t hit anything at 72-75 mph
     
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  12. Bill Foster

    Bill Foster I'm going home!

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    That was one expensive nap
     
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  13. Octo

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    So the insurance adjuster is going to approve fourtyone hours of paint labor for a Model 3 repair? Or is that a rubberstamp type of job?

    If it is that easy for a shop to get insurance money, why stop at 41 hours? Make it 1000 hours.
     
  14. Uncle Paul

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    Not sure why all the drama here.
    This is just a matter between the body shop and the insurance company.
    Will not matter to the OP what it costs.
     
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  15. AlanSubie4Life

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    #35 AlanSubie4Life, Aug 23, 2019
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    This view is arguably more illustrative of the force involved than the front view.



    Anyway, it will be interesting to see where the final numbers settle. Sounds like possibly not a final estimate. Also not clear why customer deductible is $0.

    If the estimate is correct, presumably the insurance company will total the vehicle.
     
  16. Rockster

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    I'd love to see pictures of the actual damage.

    As high as that repair estimate is, those repair costs may very well not total the vehicle. Data point: In Texas, the law says a car doesn't have to be totaled unless the damage is 100% of the value of the car. Each state has its own total loss threshold. Insurance companies have the right to set their own limits, though. Allstate's cutoff in Texas is 80%.
     
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  17. FlatSix911

    FlatSix911 Porsche 918 Hybrid

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    You need to find another body shop unless you want to pay the Tesla Tax. :cool:
    I found a number of shops that were well qualified to work on Aluminum/Steel bodies at less than 1/3 the price.
     
  18. AlanSubie4Life

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    It’s that Method 2 that frequently results in a total (and almost certainly would in this case if the car runs and drives). If not allowed by law in NC, then yes I agree that probably no total.
     
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    Classic one liner.
     
  20. BrokerDon

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    What is the name of the body shop?

    I got WONKY numbers from 3 Tesla "certified" body shops who also insisted their final cost would be higher since their "shop rates" were higher than insurance companies would pay, would take WEEKS to repair because of parts shortages, AND Teslas cost were more complicated to repair.

    I took it to our local Tesla Service Center that had in IN HOUSE Tesla Body Shop department who completed the repairs in 5 business days at exactly the price they quoted... AND dealt with the insurance company's "supplement" directly. INCREDIBLE difference vs. the "Tesla Certified" auto body shops.
     
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