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My car was "keyed" :(

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Filter, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. Filter

    Filter Member

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    I came out after a long day of work to a series of deep scratches on the driver side of my 4 month old Model S.

    I'm a generally mild mannered man, but it really bothered me more than I would have anticipated. Why would someone purposely damage something for no reason?

    My son and I bond over my car, and since I have had it we have washed it and enjoyed it together. He loves summon and autopilot. I worked hard to buy it.

    It just made me sad, more so than an accident, since those horrible events are unintentional.

    I know that far worse things have happened to many people. I just am venting here since I know many of you will understand. My wife thinks I'm silly to care..

    If anyone has body shop suggestions in Long island, NY please let me know.

    Thank you all for putting up with this whiny post.
     
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  2. blc1017

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    I just don't understand this. How can people be so jealous/vindictive/angry/{insert word} that they feel compelled to do this?
     
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  3. pedriscoll

    pedriscoll True Blue Tesla Fan

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    You are not whining! Any of us who love our cars would feel the same way.
     
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  4. bkp_duke

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    Effing A-holes.

    Me, I would install a set of dash cams. Next time this happens (and sadly it probably will), see if you can get a plate off their car and press charges.
     
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  5. Ashkenaz

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    sorry - I'm so paranoid about my new black--- hate to read this
     
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  6. ModelX

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    So sorry to hear this!
     
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  7. sorka

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    Blackvue Dual Channel.
     
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  8. TaoJones

    TaoJones Beyond Driven

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    Condolences. That just blows.

    Do give nearby Tesla SvCs a call to get a short list of the body shops they recommend. After getting references from the shops, checking Yelp and so forth, hopefully you find the best option.
     
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  9. ThortsMD

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    Had the trunk lid keyed at about 4 months old at a park. But, the self-healing X-PEL protected the paint and you can't see the location unless you look in just the right light.
     
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  10. Filter

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    Thank you all for your kind words and suggestions.
    It made me feel much better.
    I will find out about body shops from Tesla and get dashcams.

    It's going to sting less getting into the car tomorrow morning.

    This really is a great community. Thank you all.
     
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  11. STbreaker

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    Obviously someone's jealousy boiled over. I get it, you have an awesome (read: the best) car, and some people just can't be happy for the success of others. I'm paranoid about that kind of stuff so I'm not really telling anyone that I bought a new car. I had been on the fence about dashcams, but I've read enough now. Getting a Blackvue!

    Whoever this person is thinks they got away with it, but don't worry, the universe will equal it out for you. Don't waste any more of your thoughts.
     
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  12. Drivin

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    Newsflash: There is a backlash against conspicuous consumption of wealth. Have you missed occupy Wall Street and other movements?

    No surprise here.
    It will get much worse before it will get better

    Cars here are getting keyed for not having a front license plate (which is required). Something about the entitlement of feeling the rules don't apply to them.
     
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  13. Booga

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    Depending on the cost and your deductible, consider filing an insurance claim.
     
  14. cmc5dc

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    I did not want to experience the sadness that you express knowing that there could be the possibility that someone would do that to my MX. I didn't want to worry about it so I had my car wrapped shortly after delivery. Although they could do other damages I felt more at ease driving and enjoying the car like I intended to do so.
     
  15. Filter

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    Drivin,

    I have seen it, but it still saddens me.
    I'm definitely not a Titan of industry, just a hard working guy.

    My car was parked far from the entrance of my work, and I am pretty lame so it has a front plate and nothing else aftermarket. There were other nice cars in the lot, some more expensive than mine. I think the "tesla" brand is a part of it, which is really unfortunate. To me it represents technology and the future of transport, not luxury. But clearly, others don't view it that way.

    Anyway, I appreciate the comments.
    I have never wrapped a car before, but I'll consider it.

    Hope everyone has a great day.
     
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  16. kort677

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    most dash cams that I know of would not have caught the creep who did this because they only activate on motion when parked
     
  17. harrismoe

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    Yes, I too am wondering how a dash cam would have caught anything here...
     
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    Some dashcams use only the accelerometers to determine motion to record while parked, but others also do motion detection within the visual field. The BlackVue will do this, and if the perpetrator had been in front of or behind the car, it would have recorded.

    Definitely go get the dashcam ... best investment you can make.
     
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  19. Gizmotoy

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    Unless you're the one doing the keying, how could you possibly know the rationale behind a particular car getting keyed?
     
  20. Drivin

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    When the keying is two arrows at the front pointing to where the front plate should be, it gives a good clue as to motive.
     

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