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Tesla model 3 rear ended

ddreww

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Mar 14, 2021
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Hi everyone, I was hoping to get some input. my Model 3 was rear-ended by a F150 yesterday, the person did not even attempt to brake. Long story short, my car would allow me to drive and had to be towed. The rear of my car is severely damaged IMO. After a few hours later I noticed that I could not connect to my car through my phone app. I called and spoke to someone at Tesla to see what was going on but the only answer I got was that my car was "offline". Unfortunately, this happened on the weekend and the person said I would have to call back on Monday to get more details. I currently have no information about my car because everywhere is closed, the body shop and my car insurance company is closed on the weekends so I have no updates regarding anything. The whole situation is just a huge pain. I wanted to see if anyone else had the same experience with the car not being able to drive after the accident and if it has ever went "offline". Does this mean the car is totaled?

Thanks!

Drew
 

MP3Mike

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Feb 1, 2016
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I wanted to see if anyone else had the same experience with the car not being able to drive after the accident and if it has ever went "offline". Does this mean the car is totaled?

Did any airbags go off? If so, that disables the car, by blowing the pyro fuse in the battery pack, which will end up with the 12v running out of "juice" a few hours later. (Rendering your car offline.) And no, that doesn't automatically mean that it is totaled.
 
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ddreww

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Mar 14, 2021
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Sorry to hear, do you have any pictures?
Thanks for the response this one of the pictures I have on hand.
 

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ddreww

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Mar 14, 2021
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Did any airbags go off? If so, that disables the car, by blowing the pyro fuse in the battery pack, which will end up with the 12v running out of "juice" a few hours later. (Rendering your car offline.) And no, that doesn't automatically mean that it is totaled.
Thanks for the reply. Nope, none of my airbags went off..
 

mswlogo

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I hope for your sake that baby is totaled. Based on other posts I've seen probably will be.

Standard practice is to disconnect main battery if the car didn't already do it.

12V battery won't last long and might have been shutdown as well.

I assume in your first post you meant that the car did NOT allow you to drive. Because you definitely do not even if it did allow it.
Coolant systems can leak etc.

Good luck.
 

TimT

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Jan 30, 2018
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I hope for your sake that baby is totaled. Based on other posts I've seen probably will be.

Standard practice is to disconnect main battery if the car didn't already do it.

12V battery won't last long and might have been shutdown as well.

I assume in your first post you meant that the car did NOT allow you to drive. Because you definitely do not even if it did allow it.
Coolant systems can leak etc.

Good luck.
Wow! I hope no one was hurt.
 

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