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Minor Dings in Rear Bumper Cover

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Cards2011, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. Cards2011

    Cards2011 Member

    May 16, 2013
    Racine, WI
    #1 Cards2011, Oct 5, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2013
    While parked at a Tesla Supercharger which is located in a parking garage, my car rolled slowly into the charging stand. Caused 2 small dings in the rear bumper. Evidently, paintless ding removal is not possible since the bumper is made out of plastic! Only metal parts are able to be treated with paintless dent removal.
    I asked a couple of local body shops about the possible repairs; apparently they will have to repair and repaint the entire rear bumper. I have no idea how much it's going to cost to repair.
    Anyone experience a similar rear bumper issue?

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  2. MoeMistry

    MoeMistry Local Vendor - SoCal

    Jul 31, 2013
    Southern California
    To fix that bumper properly, assuming the little dimples can be filled, short of bodywork and repaint, there's nothing else that can be done.

    Sorry to see that...but, a good body shop will make it look like it never happened. Do some homework of shops around you, go into the perspective shops to check for cleanliness and examples of work, and get it fixed. Good luck.
  3. JohnQ

    JohnQ Active Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Redding, CT
    Unless you really want that gone, you might want to live with it. I have a small dimple (and paint scratch) where someone must have bumped me when parallel parking. It's noticeable but not obvious. There's no way I'm paying for a full repaint since it's almost certainly going to happen again in the next 12 months. When it get's a few more dings I'll have it done. Your level of damage acceptance may vary, of course :smile:
  4. mcornwell

    mcornwell Active Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Search Yelp in your area for bumper repair (Bumper Medic, Bumper Doc). There are some companies that can do a pretty good job making it look 98% better, probably for under $500. If it will bug you, have the bumper cover replaced, but that will probably run over $1000.
  5. nanimac

    nanimac Aloha!

    Nov 27, 2012
    I had a couple dings from my garage door hardware hitting the bumper when I didn't pull in enough :( Took it to a body shop where they filled the dings and repainted the whole bumper...looks good as new but cost me $500

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