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Paint Shop Pricing

Discussion in 'Mountain/Southwest' started by procarl, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. procarl

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    Last week I drove my Model S from Tucson to Phoenix to Tesla's only approved Auto Body shop here in Arizona. I wanted to have two small stone marks (hood and passenger outside mirror) and rear bumper paint mark fixed. All of the marks were less than 1 inch in length, none deeper than the paint.

    The cost estimate was just over $3300, and they would have to have the car in the shop over a week! According to the estimator, much of the car would have to be taken apart in order to remove the affected items for repainting.

    Needless to say, I'll opt for Tesla's $20 paint stick, or a less bizarre estimate someplace else. I'm sure the lack of competition (no other approved companies in the state) accounts for much of this price gouging. Obviously, I'd like to see Tesla work on issuing more certifications. I would expect to pay a premium for good work of course, but several thousand dollars??

    Does anyone know of a "reasonably-priced" paint touch up specialist? What's been the experience of forum readers regarding this subject?
     
  2. napabill

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    Just had that work done on mine at Vanderpool's in Tucson. Great work. He's done work on many Teslas and mine is as good as new. I then took it and had a full front SunTek wrap. We do a lot of cross-country driving and wanted to reduce my exposure in the future. I put a claim in to my insurance Company so only cost $500 deductable. They kept it a week.

    We are also in Marana during the winter up on Dove Mountain. We've go 3 or 4 in neighborhood.
     
  3. procarl

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    Thanks Napabill; I'll check them out.
     
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    Procarl, please let us know what the quote is for the work on your car from Vanderpool's.
     
  5. Bill r

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    I used Vanderpools to repaint rear trunk pearl white, they did a very good job $750.00
     
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    This post is timely as my car was keyed last Sunday evening parked out front of my house. My drive unit went out Saturday afternoon (21 March) and Tesla had my car towed back home for a Monday morning ranger pick up. There is now a deep scratch on each of the drivers side doors. The Scottsdale service center took the car over to Raintree for a quote. I will take my car to see what Vanderpool's quote will be. Procarl you may want to ask Raintree if there is a customer pay price that may be lower than an insurance pay quote. In past experiences with body shops when I'm paying (not going through insurance) they knocked some off the quote.
     
  7. procarl

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    Update: Just got a quote for the same work at Vanderpool's in Tucson: a little less than half that of the "Tesla approved" shop.
     
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    Since my paint job was one of a very few custom paint colors, I received a tiny bottle of my touch-up paint. With a small brush and somebody else's eyes, I have fixed my own scratches a half dozen times now.

    Total Cost: Nothing.

    I have also had several entire body pieces repainted, for a total cost of less than a thousand dollars. At a NON approved body shop in Oakland.

    Tesla needs to get on this repair racket they have set up.
     
  9. napabill

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    They do good work and are very familiar with Teslas.
     
  10. procarl

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    Update #2: Decided to have just the bumper (small cut) repaired and repainted. Total cost at Vanderpool's : $600, and very nice work. Friendly place, prompt and professional. Certainly recommend this shop. . . .
     
  11. ahm

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    I picked up my car from Raintree in Scottsdale yesterday*. It looked like new! I am very pleased with the work they did. In addition to the repair the car was clean inside and out, plus they were able to charge it so that I did not have to stop on my way home. This shop appears to be the go-to location for several high-end cars (Tesla, Mercedes, etc). That being said, I hope I never have to work with them again ;)

    *Both of the doors on the drivers side were keyed.
     
  12. cbozer

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    Tesla has a new certified body shop in Tempe right down the street from the future Tesla flagship service center in Tempe on University Drive. The new shop is New Image Paint & Body, 1878 E University Dr Tempe 85281
     
  13. napabill

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    Had a couple of stone dents repaired at Vanderpool's Auto in Tucson. Did great work and has worked on many Teslas.
     
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    For small scratches, another option is to call some local car detailers. It's amazing what some of them can do with just touch-up paint and buffer. The best paint job is always the factory paint, so I would always try and touch up the paint first.
     

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