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OT: The cost of repairing a Model 3
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Submitted by Coronita on March 10, 2020 - 9:13am
This isn't my car or any person's car in my family. It's a coworker's car. Unfortunately a few days after my coworker got the car, someone rear ended him going at a relatively slow speed. Long story short, the damage was a scrapped up bumper with a broken reflector light, and a dent in the trunk, that the other person's insurance is going to pay fully.
Total estimate for repairs? Slightly over $6200.
Ok, so the trunk lid is about $450 parts.
It turns out that in order to "properly" repair this car, the Tesla certified body shop (only 2 in San Diego, BTW), needs to paint not only the trunk lid and rear bumper, BUT also the driver side and passenger side rear quarter panel and rocker panel. AND, in order to do that, the small rear windows need to be taken out too. So while parts + painting labor for the trunk and rear bumper would be around $2200 total roughly, the additional $4000 is for painting and blending the two rear quarter panels and rocker panels.
I was trying to figure out how on earth could a body shop justify that replacing a trunk lid required needing the rear quarter panels and rocker panels on both sides also need to be repainted/blended. Here's why...
Notice that the trunk lid wraps around to the rear side of the car? Well, according to the Tesla certified body shop, in order for a perfect paint match, the rear quarter panels and rocker panels must be painted and blended with the trunk and bumpers (mind you that most cars, bumpers aren't really painted for each car, they are done in a batch so bumpers are sometimes even slightly off from the factory... Not sure how tesla does it, but pretty sure it's the same thing)...
And in order to properly paint the rear quarter panel, obviously got to remove the rear quarter glass and trim. So, while the actual paint and labor to paint isn't that much, is the labor to prep for all this extra work. Here's where I think the certified body shop is sort of screwing over people by being only 1 of 2 body shops in San Diego that is tesla certified. My coworker's car is black. And it's pretty hard to mismatch a black colored car.
Lesson to learn: if you need to crash into another car, don't hit a Tesla.
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