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Theft via Rear Quarter Glass Driver/Left

Discussion in 'Model S' started by kunala, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. kunala

    kunala Member

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    I never really considered too much theft in Tesla or other luxury vehicles as they have pretty good alarm systems. I've had mine for 4.5 years now and I've never had this issue. However, I wanted to highlight the problem to other owners; you may already be aware.

    Thief smashes the quarter glass (as pictured) and is able to easily pull down the backseat and see if there is anything worth stealing. From there, they will smash the larger glass to climb in and grab it. The whole deal takes less than one minute - I had stepped into a Santa Clara restaurant for less than 2-3 minutes and it was done.

    For some reason I never really considered this and thought trunk was rather safe. I was lucky, because there was a box in the trunk and they didn't see my laptop

    I really recommend all of you to keep things in the frunk. Obviously there will be valuables no matter what you do, but less chance of losing things when glass isn't the safety net.

    On a completely separate note and besides the valuables, getting this fixed is a two week headache. From my research so-far:

    1. Part costs 300-400$ new / as per tesla labor guide
    Body Glass - Rear Quarter - RH Remove and replace 1.55​
    2. Tesla does not fix, you need to go to a Safelite/etc.
    Safelite quote is 2.5 weeks out due to part availability, and quote was 780$​
    3. Insurance useless as it is usually below deductible.
     

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  2. sevenout

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    This exact thing happened to me earlier this year. Broke the passenger rear quarter glass to fold down the back seat to look in the trunk. I did not have anything in the trunk so that is all that happened. Tesla Service Center performed the repair. Took about 2 weeks total with most of that waiting for the replacement glass to arrive. Cost about $1100. The service tech said he is replacing these rear quarter glass windows several times every week. I don't keep stuff in my trunk for long periods of time. But I've now started dropping the parcel shelf down into the trunk when I don't need to use it so any would-be thief can see the trunk is empty.
     
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  4. kunala

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    Wow, that is really unfortunate, didn't know this - is there any safe space in this car? This does take a bit more time though.

    I am sorry to hear that - I will try your trick though
     
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    This is a thing in San Francisco area mostly. You are far from the first and unfortunately not the last....
     
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    Sorry to hear it.

    Did anything they did set off the alarm?
     
  8. PrGrPa

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    OP, it’s not clear to me whether this happened to you or whether you’re relating a story you’ve read. If the former, I’m sorry to hear about your experience.

    This is not really any different from any other ‘hatchback’ car. Access to the boot/trunk is easy through the cabin. Though it’s relatively uncommon on newer cars with no valuables in sight as breaking the glass usually sets the alarm off on a vehicle and draws unwelcome attention.

    The 2 week turnaround on glass is what I’d expect with a relatively rare vehicle. Swift compared to some TMC poster’s reports for other parts.

    It’s nice to hear about the restrained approach SF car burglars take. My experiences of theft from vehicles is with a full window smashed.
     
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  9. croman

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    European Teslas get glass breakage security.... Just rehashing old gripes Tesla still hasn't addressed.
     
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    bmah Moderator, Model S / Model X Forums

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    Moderator note: Moved a couple of trolling posts (and a non-trolling response) to Snippiness.

    Bruce.
     
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