A recent article on Quora is focused on the Tesla Model S and explores a topic we've yet to see mentioned.

The title, "What Happens When a Tesla Car Crashes," sums it up quite well.

This Model S Looks a Bit Beat Up

This Model S Looks a Bit Beat Up

What you read below is the experience of one Model S driver (his wife happens to be the Model S owner) who had an unfortunate event occur while driving the electric Tesla.

Here's his story:

 "Recently, I borrowed my wife’s Model S and was almost immediately sideswiped by a hit-and-run, resulting in our Model S spending several weeks in the Tesla-approved body shop in San Carlos."

"There are scores of Model S’s in various states of “accidentness” there. In fact, there’s an entire warehouse there full of crashed-up Teslas in various states of repair."

The Model S owner claims to have seen a lot at the Tesla-approved body shop in San Carlos while the Model S spent "several weeks" there.

Here’s what he says he learned:

  • No fires, period. None. Tesla said this, but the body shop confirmed this. No charred cars have come into the body shop, despite having fixed hundreds of Roadsters and S’s in accidents.
  • The Roadsters fall apart. Perhaps 20-30% or more of the Roadsters have to go through a rebuild, and the battery packs fail as well. This so far doesn’t seem to be remotely the case with the Model S.
  • Tons of rear-end accidents. I can’t tell you for sure why. The reason may (or may not) be due to the default “Standard,” very aggressive, regenerative braking setting. With the higher reg on … the car behind perhaps isn’t going to see red lights as quickly as you slow down, which equals more rear-end accidents. Also, the overall super-quietness of the Model S may lead to more accidents.
  • Just don’t get in an accident, due to parts availability. It takes a month to get parts and get fixed up. Also, the repairs aren’t cheap. So just don’t get in an accident.
  • Hatches ripped off. Many high-end buyers don’t seem to be used to having a hatchback. They leave it up, drive out of their 5-car garages, and rip the hatch right off.
We can neither confirm nor deny this information, but still thought it worth sharing due to the detailed nature (which leads us to assume it's rather accurate) of the Quora post.

Perhaps some Model S owners out there who have "wrecked" their ride will chime in with their repair experience so we can get a broader view on the topic.


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