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Wrecked #699 auction

Discussion in 'Tesla for Sale' started by TEG, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

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  2. Iz

    Iz EVs are here to stay

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    Anyone have an estimate as to what the repair costs will be?
     
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    It appears to be a non-sport with executive leather so I guess would have been about US$120,000 when delivered. My previous experience in the Insurance industry indicates that they will generally only total something when the cost is at least 50% of the insured value.
    It appears that it was hit in the LHS and a lot of the repair cost will be parts (new door, new roll-over panel and new front bumper). Hard to see that costing US$60,000.
    I think you need someone to check for structural or frame damage but generally damaged auction rules make this difficult.
    Unless you own a collision repair shop that specialises in composite vehicles I would leave it to the professionals.
     
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    More is damaged than in my repair. For mine they had to replace the front bumper, front and rear air dam, and the same side panel that is damaged there. But that was it for my repair. Those pieces were just scraped, not from impact that damaged parts underneath like in this vehicle.

    My repair was nearly $28,000. This one may be close to double that maybe? Hard to tell of course without inspection. Replacing that roll bar may be a huge job.
     
  5. Iz

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    Thanks for the estimates. I too agree that replacing the roll bar will be a lot of work.
     
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    We'll I'll be danged! My new son-in-law is a manager at QCSA and my daughter commented the other day that they had taken in a Roadster at the Hammond location. But she didn't have any details and the next time I saw my son-in-law we were helping them move into their first house - had other things to talk about.

    So there it is. Son of a gun. I'll send them a link to this thread.
     
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    Make sure you tell your son in law to ensure the car gets charged. They don't want to compound the damage with a wrecked battery pack, as has been suspected in similar cases.
     
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    A very important piece of advice. Plug that thing in! We know it at least started when that video was taken.
     
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    Right. Battery gauge in the cluster read 1/2 charge.
     
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    Too bad the battery has a shelf life. Makes it so you can't buy a slightly used battery and store it as a replacement in 5 years.
     
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    Actually I've already mentioned it to my daughter. But with so much going on in their lives right now, I doubt she passed it on.

    I'll call.
     
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    Well, good news. Tesla Motors called QCSA and walked them through The Care and Feeding of Your Roadster. They've been in contact with Tesla several times to make sure they are doing everything right. My son-in-law doesn't know what all that is - he's in Marketing, but he says the car is well taken care of.
     
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    I wonder if the saw it here?
     
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    No. They contacted QCSA a while ago. My guess is they were talking to the insurance company before it got sold to the auction company. I figure they want to watch out for their baby. And, of course, make sure their reputation doesn't get tarnished by a dead battery or some such.

    All speculation. All I really know is that Tesla contacted QCSA soon after QCSA took possession.
     
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    True enough. Of course Tesla (the stores) find out when an owner crashes a car. When Dr Taras' car went to the bodyshop it was the consensus of the bodyshop and Tesla that said it was a total loss (Dr T can correct me here) It's the move to the scrap yard and the Insurance company that gets a car lost in the weeds.

    That's why a listing here might be the way of finding out about a car.

    Of course they could use the GPS to find it...
     
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    http://www.crashedtoys.com/index.php?fuseaction=car.view&carid=2851112
    One might assume that t***a = "tesla"
     
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    BTW, QCSA= crashedtoys.com. Same company, same car, if anyone was wondering.
     
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    Wonder why they are buying it back? The most probable reason is for analysis (either crash performance or maybe wear and tear). But I kind of remember an old story back in late 2008 about a Porsche engineer buying a Tesla (seemingly for reverse engineering, and given the 918, it probably did happen), so that might be a reason too.
     
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    Just as you had already mentioned I can't recall if I read it here or elsewhere, but I remember someone saying that it is common for automakers to buy back several cars that have been involved in a crash in the early stages of a production run for post-consumer analysis. There must be a lot of interesting information that manufacturers gather for mid-generation refreshes too. I figure it also serves to help engineers validate current assumptions by having real life examples to run various models in reverse.
     

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