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Rear fender damaged Tesla SC or nah ?

mediaboy

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Apr 26, 2019
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How repairable is this ? Is this something a Service Center can handle or would I be better off at a body shop ?

No serous paint damage that I can find. PPF on bumper. Fender doesn’t look like it has a crease just pushed In. The impact was with a wooden stair railing
 

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Perscitus

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A lot will depend on the state of the bumper cover clips. If they are all intact and not fatigued past their original elastic point... there is hope this is a fairly quick fix.

Else, you might be looking at as new bumper cover or dealing with a rear bumper cover that constantly pops out (especially on warm days, during/after rain etc).

In either case, an SC will likely send off to some subcontracted Tesla certified bodyshop.
 

mediaboy

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When I was at SC last I noticed a lot body related stuff like bumpers in their storage room.
I hope this is an indication they are doing more of this work in house now.

How would i check the clips - would it be viable from under the car or do you have to remove bumper?
 
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Perscitus

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Can you reseat them now or dont want to risk it?

Best, if you could remove any stress off the clips until they can be a. re-seated b. repaired.

If a new bumper cover is needed, you may indeed find SCs have prepainted ones available or receive a prepainted one if they order it for you.
 

mediaboy

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Just a follow up. Here are the results of paintless dent repair. This was done by a local company specialized in PDR.

There is a slight panel gap bigger than it was before likely caused by bumper issue - could be clips as Perscitus mentioned.
 

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