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nishy1

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Aug 28, 2015
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1
United States
So so so gutted. My P90D got scratched when parked on the street on Saturday night. It's a quiet street, no one comes down it. It's kind of like a back alley way in a very private neighborhood.


What do you guys think? Easily repairable or a big job? Should i go through insurance?

tesla scratch.jpg
tesla scratch 2.jpg
 

Chris TX

Active Member
Sep 30, 2013
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186
Dallas, TX
That doesn't look like vandals to me. It looks like someone nosed the car into something and pulled away, or another vehicle backed into it and drove off. But yes, blending it shouldn't be an issue.
 

nishy1

Member
Aug 28, 2015
78
1
United States
That doesn't look like vandals to me. It looks like someone nosed the car into something and pulled away, or another vehicle backed into it and drove off. But yes, blending it shouldn't be an issue.

That's weird though - there was no other impact...would have meant an SUV hit it and scratched it and went off but wouldnt there by a bump or ding?
 

msnow

Active Member
Jul 14, 2015
4,951
2,236
SoCal
That sucks! Easily repairable and probably will cost more than you think but that's why we have insurance. Was it keyed?
 
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Chris TX

Active Member
Sep 30, 2013
1,531
186
Dallas, TX
That's weird though - there was no other impact...would have meant an SUV hit it and scratched it and went off but wouldnt there by a bump or ding?

The hood is meant to flex downward due to pedestrian impact requirements. The hood can dent in and out without leaving a mark (but you will cringe when you see it happening.) So yeah, an SUV or truck can easily do something like that. If you're going to park it on a public street, front and back dashcams are a wonderful thing. If a bumper is riding up on your hood, you would have easily made the plate.
 

MsElectric

Active Member
Oct 11, 2014
1,604
18
New York
That looks like damage caused by a truck baking up to your car. I think the circular marks were caused by the hood flexing. The good news is this is likely a very easy fix and just be glad that it is only on one "panel"
 

Saghost

Well-Known Member
Oct 9, 2013
8,217
7,007
Delaware
That doesn't look like vandals to me. It looks like someone nosed the car into something and pulled away, or another vehicle backed into it and drove off. But yes, blending it shouldn't be an issue.

This. There's no way a vandal would manage to make three identical marks like that - they all must be from the same event.
 

Dborn

Confirmed
Aug 26, 2011
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357
Sydney, Australia
The 3 identical patterns certainly look like a mechanical cause. Doesn't mean it was not vindictive though, and if the street is as quiet as you say with lots of parking, then yes, probably deliberate.
 

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