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X hit by 17 year old kid who just got his license, what now?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by frebay, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. frebay

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    Our 1 year old X w/ FUSC and FSD got smashed by another car a few days ago. All airbags were deployed. Here's a video of the accident in case you are interested:
    piper pl. car accident

    My questions are:
    1) The adjuster that came out, said due to the high value of the car he can't total it, and it's going to get fix. He proceeds do an estimate and thinks it will cost 30k. In browsing the forums, I see some other X's in accidents much less than this and and their cost to fix is 20k already. Looking at these photos does this look like a repair job or a total? The frame to the trunk is bent, as well as FWD on both sides.

    2) I called the Pomona Tesla Body shop and they won't even take the vehicle until October as they are at capacity. I called 5 other local tesla approved shops, and some don't do structural damage and some are at capacity until Oct as well. So is the only option I have now is to wait it out until Oct, for Tesla to do a full tear down and proper estimate?

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  2. LA88

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    I feel for you. Five Tesla locations and non can take your car? That's ridiculous. Sounds like you're going to wait 2-3 months before you can get the car back. They should have taken your car and give you another MX loaner while waiting.

    Every time I read a thread like this, I want to cancel my MX order while I still can.
     
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  3. Zionara

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    If you have a bent frame, you don't want that car

    I'm guessing you live in CA cause you mentioned Pomona. Try spectrum collision in Irvine. They do amazing work, bit extremely expensive. Which for you is good cause you want that car totaled
     
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  4. K2500Z71

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    You might want to suggest to the adjuster that after they pay for 3 months of a rental car plus the diminished value settlement, it will be cheaper for them to total it.
     
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  5. frebay

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    How do I convince the adjuster that? Car is worth about 85k, and he needs repair value to be around 80% of that (68k)
     
  6. ecarfan

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    Who is your insurance company?
     
  7. bayx

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    Just DO IT! You will thank yourself later for it. If you really want a Tesla, buy one after 3-5 years if the company survives. As a stock holder, I want it to survive and do well, but as an MX customer I feel like it will not stay afloat for very long. Most likely the tech will be bought out by one of the biggies.
     
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  8. bayx

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    Sorry about your car, OP. You should go after the insurance company for diminished value too. Once airbags are deployed the car's value drops even more than when they don't deploy.
     
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  9. frebay

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    Geico for me, Farmers for the other party.
     
  10. frebay

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    Don't. Driving a Tesla and and especially the X has brought me so much happiness. You know what care i'm getting if they total it? Another X. No questions.

    Yes it sucks that 5 body shops won't take my car, but nothing drives better with the current tech.
     
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  11. gas not

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    Agreed! We have a M3, MX and thinking of adding M3P in the near future. Truly the best cars we ever had.
     
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  12. re04586

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    That looks like way more than $30k of damage.
     
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  13. Fossil Fool

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    Thank God no one in your family was injured. I wouldn't want that car back. It looks like the frame is compressed on one side pretty badly. Shops can work wonders, but that car will never be the same.
     
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  14. IdaX

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    Sorry to hear about the accident OP. I think that the adjuster is on crack. It will be much more money, and much more time, than you think.

    It seems aggressive, but I think that your best bet might be: (1) buy a new ModelX; (2) then sell the old one once it's fixed up or totaled.

    Make sure that you make his insurance company pay you diminished value if they fix it. Make them pay you $100/day every day that it's in the shop, too.
     
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  15. bayx

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    Sorry, but the MX doesn't drive better than an Audi or BMW X5. What makes Teslas cool is the tech. Those of us who drive the MX, at least the pre-Raven ones, know very well that it does not drive like an SUV should. The ride is rough, but the tech makes me overlook that. And for those of us with the damn shudder issue, good luck cos I doubt Tesla is ever going to fix this.

    If Tesla doesn't up its game in the build quality department & service, it's only a matter of time before the biggies catch up on the tech and end Tesla's appeal. Not every Tesla owner is an environmentalist, so EV or no EV doesn't matter to a lot many people than die-hard Tesla fans think.

    Waymo is already ahead in the tech game, they even have approval from California DMV to operate 30 or so vehicles without any driver inside the cars in some of its counties! Once they are ready to license their tech to the highest bidder, Tesla-like tech will be in pretty much all the vehicles of the car maker that wins Waymo tech license. The big companies are already better at building cars owing to their decades of experience.
     
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  16. P85_DA

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    Sorry to see this ... normally frame damage and all those airbags deployed are enough to get totaled .. ..check out Jacks body works in palm desert they did great work on an S of mine that got hit ..
     
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  17. Watts_Up

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    #17 Watts_Up, Sep 7, 2019
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    Hi, I feel very sorry for your accident. I hope no body get injured.
    I looked at the video, the car that hit you was parked on the wrong side.

    Even if you don't suffer, you and any of the passengers should get examined by a doctor.
    Symptomes occurs often after few days.

    I would recommend looking for a lawyer, insurances will always try to minimise loses.
    In particular, because of liabilities, it will be very difficult to sale your car to Tesla or any dealer.
    So you need to contact a diminished value expert.

    Do you have a copy of a preliminary estimate?
    How far are you located from any Tesla authorised body shop.
    I would recommend to get at least two other preliminary estimates from other Tesla authorised body shop to save time any money.

    When your car will be sent to a body shop, it might take weeks before the car will be examined in detail.
    It would takes then several months to get the parts and then to get repaired and painted.
    If the car is considered to be auctioned, there will be a $300 charge a day by the body shop until the car will get removed.

    I would be very skeptical that your car could be repaired for $30k.
    I can send you a $20k estimate I had for replacing my Model 3 bumper, trunk door, and rear wheelhouse.
    My car was still drivable and there was no airbags deployed.

    You can look at some Tesla Model X with have been actioned for far less damages:


    In particular this 2018 Model X 100D looks similar to the damaged you have.

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  18. jboy210

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    They should total the car. Even if fixed it will never drive like it did before. You have substantial damage to the suspension component mounts.
     
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  19. frebay

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    Of course the should total the car, but the insurance company being cheap wants to try to fix it.
     
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  20. frebay

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    I do have a preliminary estimate, they think it's 30k. I'm in S. Ca so close to a few shops, but prefer to take it to the official tesla body shop. In fact some tesla approved body shops don't even do structural work.
     

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