It's not just Tesla critics that realize the repair situation is messy
It's no secret that Tesla is working to improve the situation surrounding the repair and maintenance of its vehicles. Critics regularly cite problems with repair issues and cost for repairs as some of Tesla's biggest problems. Some insurance companies even charge higher rates to insure Tesla vehicles due in part to costly repairs.
We've been keeping you posted about The Fast Lane Car's ongoing Model 3 repair debacle. However, TFLCar is new to Tesla ownership, and has never let on that it's a huge fan or promoter of the Silicon Valley automaker.
On the other hand, YouTuber Andy Slye is about as Tesla-centric as it gets. He's hardcore about the company, promotes it on a regular basis, and constantly shares his referral code. Thankfully, he's still willing to admit a problem when he sees one.
Slye's Model 3 was damaged a few months ago when something flew up from the roadway and hit the front bumper. As you can see, the damage looks terrible, but it's pretty minor overall. Still, it cost Slye $1,600 (thankfully insurance covered it) and took a whopping seven weeks to repair.
Once again, we can blame the repair shop for at least a bit of the issue, since it couldn't match the paint and had to redo it multiple times. However, that still only took two weeks. The bulk of the problem was that it took Tesla five weeks just to get the parts to the shop.
As time goes on, Tesla will continue its work to improve these concerns. In the meantime, it's important to do everything in your power to keep your Tesla vehicle in tip-top shape. And, just realize, if you do end up needing a repair, it probably won't be cheap and it may take an exorbitant amount of time.
Video Description via Andy Slye on YouTube:
Tesla Model 3 Repair Process: How BAD is it?
My Tesla Model 3 got its first big repair. Here's how much it cost.
Back in February something flew up and hit my bumper when I was driving on the highway. It made a loud "thud" and I knew it was bad when I heard the sound. Whatever it was, it went through my paint protection film and into my paint so I had to submit a claim with my insurance. The body shop quoted me $1600 to get the entire front bumper replaced and get the paint protection film installed back on. If I didn't have the paint protection film it would have cost around $1000 to get the front bumper replaced. It took about 5 weeks from the time the body shop ordered the bumper from Tesla to the time it was delivered to the body shop then it took another 2 weeks for the body shop to paint and install the bumper. It took that long because the multi coat red paint Tesla uses is very hard to match so the body shop had to paint the bumper multiple times to get it to match. Luckily Tesla is starting to do certain collision repairs in house at Tesla Service Centers and through some of their Mobile technicians. Hopefully this speeds up the process of repairing Teslas.