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Recommendations on Southern California Tesla Certified Body shops please

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Bruin1996, Aug 19, 2016.

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  1. Bruin1996

    Bruin1996 Member

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    Hi everyone... Unfortunately I scraped the right side of my Tesla because of a malfunctioning gate (into my community). Hopefully I won't be found to be at fault for the damage. Anyways, I am looking for a good southern California-area Tesla-certified body shop. I have gone to European Motors Carworks in Santa Ana but they say there is a 2 month wait just to get a repair appointment. I have consulted paintless dent repair specialists (including Rich from Auto Recon Express in Irvine) but they say they can't fix the dent because of the location. I have State Farm insurance by the way. Anyone have any recommendations based on personal experience for good Tesla-certified body shops in Southern California with a shorter wait time than 2 months? Thanks in advance for your help with this.

    Pictures of the damage to my Tesla in this thread:

    Tesla dent repair: Paintless dent extraction
     
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    The very best is Dave Freed at Premier Motorsport. He makes Ferraris and Lambos look better than they came from the factory - I do not know if he works on any production cars these days. Also try Gary Kawakami at Ultimate Coachworks.
     
  3. TaoJones

    TaoJones Beyond Driven

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    Call every service center in the area for recommendations.

    Van Nuys
    Torrance
    Costa Mesa
    Buena Park
    Centinela

    Then call/visit those recommended shops, evaluate their Yelp and other feedback, and see what your short list looks like.

    You want a comprehensive approach - start with that.
     
  4. Bruin1996

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    Thanks for the advice. I did find a list on of Certified Repair Shops in the Tesla website. I am going to start by checking BBB and Yelp reviews and go from there.
     
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    Avoid spectrum collision in Irvine. Poor experience there recently...
     
  6. ElektraMS60

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    I recommend Gary Kawakami (10429 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 ph: 310-559-1562 - ULTIMATE COACHWORKS INC. - Home) also.

    I drove up to the Supercharger too fast scrapped the bottom of the bumper and made a small dent near the middle.

    Before -
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    After -
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    They also polished up my car after.

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