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Scrape on the underside of the front bumper. Repair?

I recently purchased a used model 3 LR RWD from the official Tesla website. On the delivery day, I was so excited that I only performed a casual check of the car before driving off.

Last week, for some reason, I decided to check more closely on the underside of the car and saw, to my horror, a fairly long scrape on the underside of the front bumper.

I have been extremely careful with the car and always leaves a large gap to the curb when parking, so I'm pretty sure it was not caused by me. I called Tesla up, and no surprise, they refuse to fix it for free, since I didn't catch it during the delivery.

I'm now torn between paying on my own to have it fixed and just leaving it as it is. Since the scrape is fairly out of sight (I didn't even notice it for a whole week) and the plastic bumper will not rust without the protective paint, I feel it should be safe to leave it.

What do you think?
 

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WarpedOne

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On my delivery day I made an U turn on a slow city street, hit a pothole or smth and heard a loud scratch underneath the car. I do not want to even look at my 0-day-damage.

Your scratch goes under normal wear and tear. If you decide to fix it, you have a good chance of scratching it again in short time. Murphy &Co.

Golden rule of car ownership: do not look for damage, do not take close look at quality etc.
If you do, you will find damage, you will find imperfections, you will be miserable.

As long as there are not loud complaints from the car (i.e. strange noises) and it still drives, it is performing its function.
Enjoy while it lasts!
 
That doesn’t look like a curb (or shopping center parking stop) scrape to me because it’s so narrow. It looks like someone ran over some road debris.

I only mention this because having dealt with shopping center parking stop rash, and speed bump rash many times on cars than are lower than a standard, non-Performance Model 3, I don’t think curb rash will be a frequent occurrence on your Tesla.

The question is whether to fix the damage.

I’d start with obtaining a firm estimate from the Tesla Service Center. If the cost in your opinion is worth the expense, then you might consider repairing it this one time since the car is new-to-you, but I do agree with others that it may happen again, and your damage is fairly minimal and not easily seen from normal viewing angles.
 
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