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Small scratch on the trunk

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Maximilien, Mar 5, 2017.

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  1. Maximilien

    Maximilien Member

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    I checked some in search but most threads were about big scratches.

    I happen to scratch about 1 inch in length but width is very small like .3 inch maybe. Only the coating is off.

    Should I get repaired at Tesla Service or can I get the paint done at other shop I visit? They are good at what they do, and will probably charge me like $50.

    Do I void the warranty if I get the paint done other than Tesla shop?

    I have a feeling that Tesla may charge this minor nick like this, $500~$5000 for the paint work.

    I would appreciate your advice.
     

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  2. ahurst

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    There are very few authorized shops that Tesla has certified to work on Teslas - a total of one in Colorado for body repair and one other for paintless dent removal. Obviously, a lot more in CA.
    I would call the nearest Tesla SC and ask which shop they use. Then go directly to that shop for an estimate.
     
  3. voltaren

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    You will not void the warranty for getting it fixed. Get it done for $50.
     
  4. Motomania

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    $50 might get you a brush touch of a close colormatch. But for any shop to guarantee the clear coat will not peel and get a good colormatch; they will have to sand down the chipped area; possibly put a small skim coat of filler in that chipped area; then spot refinish the color at the site of the damage then fade that color out away from the site of damage. Then scuff up the hatch and re-apply the entire clearcoat to keep it from peeling. (And possibly remove some exterior trim items)
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    A few hundred dollars is a bit more reasonable for an invisible repair.
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    Any reputable bodyshop that guarantees their work in writing can handle the job. They shouldn't be getting down to the sheetmetal.
     
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  5. Maximilien

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    I am okay with a few hundred dollar like $200 or less is reasonable. Recently after seeing how Tesla body repairs charge ridiculous amount in recent threads and searches, I was in panic that as little as this paint peel cost could surmount to thousands of dollars.
     
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  6. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Might be cheaper to get a carbon spoiler on Ebay for about 250. There are some very nice ones and they would cover it completely.
     
  7. troypercival

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    The right side of my Tesla got scratch a week ago, one of the certified Tesla body shop said they can buff and touch up for $50 but it won't be perfect. To achieve perfection it will cost more than $1000.
     

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