I love my Model S but wanted to relay some events for feedback or discussion. I had a fender bender type accident in my Model S recently. The air bags did not deploy if that is any indication regarding the impact, etc. My front nose cone was broken in one spot, scratched across the face, and the lower part of my bumper scuffed and scratched (not broken or cracked) and my hood was very slightly bent in one side along the very front lip (almost not perceptible). I called Tesla and found out that there were two authorized shops in the Los Angeles area. I chose the one closest to where i live. (What happens in smaller markets when even in a big city, you give monopoly like status to two shops?). I was dumbfounded when I opened the repair estimate. Almost $11,000. When I called, the body shop explained that aluminum parts (like the hood) cannot be repaired. Aluminum cracks easily apparently and I was told that the repair shop literally throws the old hood away for recycling. I was told that Tesla dictates the price of labor (over $100 per hour) and that parts can only be purchased by authorized repair facilities (I later found out that this is only true with respect to structural parts, not body parts etc.). The labor on the damage alone was over $6,000. There were items in the estimate, liked "chipped foam" and replacement of some fan motors that cool the battery (based on "readings" that they might have been damaged in the impact and located near the front where the impact occurred). I was told that the repair was being done to "as new" status. I thought my insurance adjuster would also be alarmed by the cost, but when I called to discuss, he seemed to think that the price was in line with other Tesla repairs that he'd overseen. He also blamed a large part of the cost on "aluminum" and labor costs. Sorry, but this just seems insane to me. Yes, my insurance is going to cover it, but I am sure not without an increase in premiums, etc. How is Tesla going to market a $30K vehicle that would be totaled in a fender bender?