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Rear quarter panel dent - Solution?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by mwoody999, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. mwoody999

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    I was involved in a parking lot accident at work which caused a dent to my passenger side rear panel and the other driver's insurance company closed the claim as both parties at-fault 50-50%. I asked a few places around Northern Colorado. Couple of dent removal shops say they can do PDR to remove 90-95% dent for prices ranging $250-$700. Another shop in Boulder said it cannot be done and I need to take it to a body shop.

    Looking at these pictures, what do you suggest I do assuming I will be paying for the expenses? Do they look like they can be fixed by PDR?
     

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    IMO, because the damage includes an area with a hard crease a paintless dent repair person will be able to make that look a lot better but the repair will not be perfect. Probably 85 to 90% back to normal. It's your call whether the cost savings is worth a less than perfect repair. I would take the car to a body shop for an estimate and then decide once you have solid estimates for both types of repair.
     
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  3. SageBrush

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    What material is that body part made of ?
     
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    #4 mwoody999, Jul 25, 2018
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    The panel is made of steel.

    Also, one of the PDR guy said he has worked on Teslas before but this kind of PDR work requires the high voltage circuit to be disconnected before he would try and access the inside of the panel. Is he smoking or does he have a point?
     
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  5. SageBrush

    SageBrush 2018: Drain the Sewer

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    mwoody999,
    Do you have reason to be in the Durango area for a couple of days ?
    I can recommend a fantastic local body work guy who charges me $125 - $150 for the type of paint work you require and I'm positive would be very reasonable for the small amount of body work needed.
     
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    I'm trying to see if PDR is an option before looking at the body/paint work option. Plus, I dont see myself in Durango for the foreseeable future. But thanks for the tip SageBrush.
     
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    @mwoody999 I had a dent in the front left quarter panel when backing into a parking spot when I scraped my car against a bollard right between two sensors. It looks like it's fairly similar to yours, perhaps a bit smaller. In any case, I had a PDR guy come out and he managed to get it out perfectly with about 4 hour of work. I feel like it may be worth it going the PDR option. A common quality of PDR guys is OCD/perfection so a 90% normal to them may be a 100% normal to you. YMMV

    Here's a pic from my damage and fix:
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