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Will fixing a small dent put an accident on my CarFax?!

Sep 24, 2014
224
137
Durham, NC
Last Sunday, I found a note on my parked Model S. It was an apology from a man who had backed into my left rear fender causing a small dent. I got an estimate from the only Tesla-approved repair shop here - $4000! Apparently, they’re confident they can heat the aluminum, stamp it back into place and repaint it.


When I forwarded this estimate to the wrongdoer, he remained apologetic and said he wants to get his insurance company, USAA, involved.


Good for him, however, I am wary of having this repair showing up as an accident on my CarFax. Two years ago, I damaged the bumper of my M3 in a steep driveway. My insurance fixed it, yet CarFax showed my vehicle as being in an accident, which affected my resale value.


I’ve googled this, and results are mixed. Does anyone have any experience or advice on this?
 

logan

Member
Dec 10, 2012
493
241
San Diego, CA
CarFax is often a joke.

I've been rear ended twice (in two different cars) and neither ever showed up on CarFax. First accident took two weeks to fix, the other took two months and was on a week old car. Both involved insurance.
 

Zarwin

Member
May 12, 2014
625
843
Hillsborough, NC
If you're that concerned, take pics of the damage so when it comes time to sell you can show them how minor it was.


I did exactly this for a car I had a while back (350Z, not a Tesla). The damage was probably similar to what OP is talking about, I rubbed the front fender on another car in the driveway while turning it around and creased the fender. Took pictures and showed the person interested in buying my car and they were happy to see it was very minor and would not have caused any structural issues.
 

iKhalid

Member
Feb 18, 2014
775
97
Ottawa, ON
I believe CarFax shows accidents greater than or equal to $3000. Anything less won't be shown; that's why Canadians prefer CarProof because it shows everything.

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Last Sunday, I found a note on my parked Model S. It was an apology from a man who had backed into my left rear fender causing a small dent. I got an estimate from the only Tesla-approved repair shop here - $4000! Apparently, they’re confident they can heat the aluminum, stamp it back into place and repaint it.


When I forwarded this estimate to the wrongdoer, he remained apologetic and said he wants to get his insurance company, USAA, involved.


Good for him, however, I am wary of having this repair showing up as an accident on my CarFax. Two years ago, I damaged the bumper of my M3 in a steep driveway. My insurance fixed it, yet CarFax showed my vehicle as being in an accident, which affected my resale value.


I’ve googled this, and results are mixed. Does anyone have any experience or advice on this?

If $4000 is easily affordable to you, I would pay for the fix and make sure it is not reported to Carfax or the likes. I had a hard time selling my 2012 VW Tiguan because Carproof showed a $1,014 stupid accident!
 

Gizmotoy

Active Member
Sep 16, 2013
3,675
889
Bay Area, CA
If $4000 is easily affordable to you, I would pay for the fix and make sure it is not reported to Carfax or the likes. I had a hard time selling my 2012 VW Tiguan because Carproof showed a $1,014 stupid accident!
The problem being that even if you pay out of pocket there's no guarantee it'll stay off the report (see link above). There are a bunch of different data sources they used.
 

rodb

Member
May 6, 2014
30
0
Redmond, WA
I had someone back into my car in January. All repairs were taken care of by insurance. I asked the repair shop if it would show up on CarFax. He asked if the police were called. I told him no. He indicated that even though insurance was used that because there was no police report it would not show up.

-Rod
 

AmpedRealtor

Well-Known Member
Jun 30, 2013
6,414
4,106
Phoenix, AZ
My Highlander is in the shop after a minor fender bender. Neither insurance nor body shop report to Carfax, I was told that even though they are fixing frame damage, nothing will be reported to Carfax.
 

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