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Minor accident in my new Model S

Discussion in 'Model S' started by debuntx, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. debuntx

    debuntx Member

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    Was driving home from the airport and a car in front of me at a light backed into my new (less than 2 months old) Model S. Still don't know why he put his car in park at the light or how we put it in reverse instead of drive. He cracked the nose cone and the frunk won't open (latch appears jammed). No other damage that I can see.

    Other driver was a local high school student, talked to his mom and when she asked me what kind of car I drove, she immediately knew it was going to be costly.

    I expect to get the estimate from their insurance company and then take it to the autobody shop recommended by Tesla to get the full estimate (they need to take off the nose cone and root around a little bit.

    Thank goodness the car is still drivable and the damage is relatively minor. I love this car more than any other I have owned and I get into my first accident of any kind in over 10 years in it.
     
  2. K Hall

    K Hall Member

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    I am so sorry to hear about the damage. I was crushed when I got a paint chip from a rock.

    It should be way to fix relativly fast. Let us know what the cost will be.
     
  3. biwamura

    biwamura Member

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    Your delay is going to be the availability of parts. I had someone scrape the rear bumper with just minor damage and it is taking 2-3 weeks to get a replacement....
     
  4. v12 to 12v

    v12 to 12v Active Member

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    It might be prudent to make sure that your repair shop has all the parts in hand before the work starts. It would be a bummer to have a drivable car in the shop while waiting on parts.
     
  5. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Sorry to read about your bump. I've seen way too many folks (usually when talking or texting on their phone) roll into other cars at stop lights and I always stay well back from the car in front when waiting at junctions.
     
  6. jeff_adams

    jeff_adams Member

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    Did you happen to see the Khan Academy video with Elon? He talked about an incident with a Chinese company that screwed up a shipment of usb cables. He ended up having to send a bunch of employees to different Fry's Electronics stores just to get the assembly line running again. Tesla is as frustrated as we are about parts availability.
     
  7. steve841

    steve841 Active Member

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    I hate these threads. Good luck!
     
  8. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Me too! My first stone chip is on the hood, about 8" from where the hood armor ends! Wish I'd got the whole hood wrapped!
     

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