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Will it be totaled?

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My 2016 90d baby was smoked from behind in a storm. I then hit the median and some other car. Who thinks it will be totaled? I’m not sure which I’d rather, since they both are bad options.
 
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Slowed down on a downhill for a car that was sliding around. Hit hard from behind. Then tried to maintain control, but ended up slamming into the median. Basically there is damage to all sides, most aluminum panels. All doors did open. Screens went dark. Amazing that the interior is almost pristine. No airbags. No glass broken. We walked away from it. Kid has a concussion from hitting door, roof or dash. Tow truck driver said he’s seen 3 other major Tesla crashes, and thinks this is the safest car on the road, for what that’s worth.
 
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Slowed down on a downhill for a car that was sliding around. Hit hard from behind. Then tried to maintain control, but ended up slamming into the median. Basically there is damage to all sides, most aluminum panels. All doors did open. Screens went dark. Amazing that the interior is almost pristine. No airbags. No glass broken. We walked away from it. Kid has a concussion from hitting door, roof or dash. Tow truck driver said he’s seen 3 other major Tesla crashes, and thinks this is the safest car on the road, for what that’s worth.

No airbags? Looks like you hit that median pretty hard, why wouldn’t the airbags deploy?
 

brkaus

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No airbags? Looks like you hit that median pretty hard, why wouldn’t the airbags deploy?
Air bags are dangerous and should only deploy if absolutely necessary. The computer measures speed, deceleration, and likely a few other parameters (rotation?) to decide if they are necessary. The greater crumple zone may allow the car to avoid airbags.

I know people that have broken bones, bruises, and burns from air bags. Yes, it probably saved their lives but not something to be used in all circumstances.
 

brkaus

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My wife was driving our P85+ with our 17yo daughter going around 50 mph when a car pulled out in front of her, she drove straight into the drivers side door. The airbags are what hurt them the worst. But.... maybe it stop them from hitting the steering wheel and dash.:eek:
Probably hurt and saved all at the same time.
 
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Without pushing on the insurance company by your part, probably not a total.

Because airbags did NOT deploy, there will be a diminished value hit, but probably not "severe". That said, even a 10% DV payout, along with Tesla rental rate for the multiple months a repair would take, could push the car to "totaled" territory if you want to go that route. (Assuming this has been accepted by the insurance company of the driver who hit you from the rear and not as a first-party claim.)

(Speaking from my experiences as detailed in Collision, Repair and DV/LoU Lawsuit: My Nearly 500 Days of Fun).

Good luck.
 

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For anyone’s interest, the answer was yes, it was completely totaled by my insurance company.

I think that is the best outcome. If they would have repaired it you would have been out of a car for months. And likely have to deal with suing the guy that hit you diminished value since no one pays top $ for a car that has been in a wreck.

Now you can move on to a replacement vehicle.
 
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