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New MS 75D- fender/bender- repair or replace the hood?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by nikkorbot, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. nikkorbot

    nikkorbot New Member

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    Folks- looking for some sage advice. My 4 day old MS 75D was involved in a low speed parking lot accident- basically another driver backed into my MS that was rear in parked. The other driver's insurance will likely cover the repair costs- we're still working out the details. In talking with two Tesla approved body shops, they've both given me two options to address the hood-

    Option 1 "repair"- Due to the "relatively" minor crease in the aluminium hood, they would strip the paint around the crease, flatten the crease, and repaint/feather the area to the rest of the hood. The hood appears OK from an alignment standpoint. Pro- This would isolate the paint to primarily the creased area- aka- only the hood. Less expensive as its repair work/labor (could be moot due to insurance). Con- assumes the shop is competent in removing the crease, and potential aluminum fatigue.

    Option 2 "replace"- Outright replace the whole hood (cause it's insurance, ya know). Pro- hood is absolutely pristine (the car is brand new) and without any possible metal fatigue and distortions. Con- the shop will need to paint the entire hood, and then feather the paint to the quarter panels to insure a match.

    I see benefits/issues to either approach. Any thoughts for what might make more sense?
     

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  2. Tdriver

    Tdriver Member

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    I would straighten the hood then repaint the entire hood. This does not warrant a new hood and you could be waiting weeks for delivery of one. Feathering paint is never a for sure thing. Oxidation, sunlight can down the road affect the appearance at different rates.
     
  3. jaguar36

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    I'd replace it. Wasn't your fault, you shouldn't be paying for it, and I'd want a pristine part. Its going to need paint either way and a good shop should be able to make it match regardless. Any concerns about the paint aging differently will be applicable to both the repair or replace.
     

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