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Rear Quarter Panel Damage Assessment

edwardsalexk

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Mar 30, 2021
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Austin
Backed up into a truck and damaged bumper and rear quarter panel. Wondering if anyone can provide a guesstimate on how bad the damage here is and the body work/cost that could be required. Am mostly concerned about the quarter panel- I imagine bumper will be a pre-painted replacement or just a repaint. Thanks!



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Perscitus

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Jan 29, 2019
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New York
Looks superficial. Multiple threads on and off here showing far worse rear quarter panel and rear structural damage, deep into the trunk tub and beyond.

I would say get Tesla to replace the bumper skin with an OE pre-painted part and have a good body shop (but in this particular case NOT a Tesla certified body shop) address the quarter panel with some targeted metal work and blend respray. Might even venture PDR route once the bumper skin is off and access made easy by removal of the trunk liner and sub (if present).

If you have Tesla or a certified Tesla body shop fix it, they will go by the book and cut and replace the entire quarter panel, including new c pillar window, and portion of the rocker panel. Not worth it in this case.

Looks like about $1-2K in parts/labor if done smart.
 
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bpobill

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Feb 2, 2018
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Looks superficial. Multiple threads on and off here showing far worse rear quarter panel and rear structural damage, deep into the trunk tub and beyond.

I would say get Tesla to replace the bumper skin with an OE pre-painted part and have a good body shop (but in this particular case NOT a Tesla certified body shop) address the quarter panel with some targeted metal work and blend respray. Might even venture PDR route once the bumper skin is off and access made easy by removal of the trunk liner and sub (if present).

If you have Tesla or a certified Tesla body shop fix it, they will go by the book and cut and replace the entire quarter panel, including new c pillar window, and portion of the rocker panel. Not worth it in this case.

Looks like about $1-2K in parts/labor if done smart.
This is the best advice you will read here.
 

edwardsalexk

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Mar 30, 2021
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Austin
Thanks. I've been told by two body shops now that PDR will not be possible, as the panel itself has been "bent". The picture I posted may not have highlighted that well enough, although it is possible both these shops could be trying to take my insurance for a ride. Would PDR be able to fix a "bent in" panel? (Not just the dent that is mostly visible)
 

bpobill

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Feb 2, 2018
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Thanks. I've been told by two body shops now that PDR will not be possible, as the panel itself has been "bent". The picture I posted may not have highlighted that well enough, although it is possible both these shops could be trying to take my insurance for a ride. Would PDR be able to fix a "bent in" panel? (Not just the dent that is mostly visible)

A body shop will be able to pull the dent out. Not paintless, they weld things onto them and use a machine to pull it out. The whole quarter panel will need to be painted. If you go to a tesla body shop they will replace the quarter panel instead which means taking apart a large portion of your car and significantly higher costs.
 

edwardsalexk

New Member
Mar 30, 2021
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Austin
A body shop will be able to pull the dent out. Not paintless, they weld things onto them and use a machine to pull it out. The whole quarter panel will need to be painted. If you go to a tesla body shop they will replace the quarter panel instead which means taking apart a large portion of your car and significantly higher costs.
Indeed.. thankfully the shops intend to "repair" instead of "replace". Should be keeping costs to my insurance around the $4-$6k range.
 

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