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Red Model 3 repair cost estimate


Active Member
Dec 19, 2019
Makes sense, thanks! So if it's the primer showing through, buffing will make it worse and I should just get a repainting done? I'm just trying to see if I can get more of it buffed out.

If that's primer, you can't make it worse, so try to buff it off.


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Supporting Member
Jul 29, 2018
Thanks, do you say that because the premium bump will be less than the cost of getting it repaired?

That looks like a pretty significant chunk of damage. If you have to get out the touch up paint for that it will never look perfect, and literally every time you plug in your car you'll be reminded of your mistake. If a guy has to get a spray gun around here(maybe not where you are), I'd bet you are looking at upwards of $1000. Even $1000 isn't enough to justify filing a claim, but then you need to add body repair, and it looks like the bumper has been involved a bit as well.

If you take it to a shop they should be able to give you a pretty good estimate fairly quickly.


Apr 16, 2019
Dont file a claim if you dont want it to show up in carfax. I think 800 is about right I would go to an authorized tesla body shop cant be that much and there better at matching colors of tesla.

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