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Model s : should I take on this project ? Damaged and no keys


May 22, 2019
los angeles
Hi there I am currently an owner of a 2015 model s and I came across a project 2013 85 with 45k miles which was hit in the front and has no keys with a salvage title Or Most likely no supercharging . Owner wants under 10k , car turns on while charging and the front end damage is definitely repairable. I don’t care for the salvage title, my concern are the keys. Anyone have any experience with getting keys especially for a salvage car through Tesla. Since I know they love salvage cars. Let Me know what you think. Thanks!


Active Member
Nov 27, 2012
Northern California
Under 10k you have nothing to lose really as you’ll easily make more if you have to part the car out. I don’t see why Tesla would be against selling you a key fob, but Tesla is known to be strange when it comes to part support.
I say go for it. Worst case scenario you part it out making more than you bought it for
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Active Member
Dec 17, 2012
Cary, NC
Is there someone out there that can get a key to work for you?
Even if Tesla won't pair one for you.
Under $10k is interesting. People around here seem to think salvage value is usually at least $15k. In most instances, insurance totals the car and offers owner to keep for $X - which is the salvage value. Presumably, this person was given an offer of less than $10k and took it. Because if they paid $15k for it, why would they sell to you for $10k?
Whatever the situation, under $10k is a good deal.

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