New model S. Turning around on a parking lot at night. Left front side scrapes parking lot guard rail. Walking speed, < 4 mph. No damage to drivability.. Still 100% operable. Tesla says go to Tesla authorized repair shop. Tesla shop estimates cost of repair at $9600. After regaining consciousness, I said I want to get another bid. Closest location of qualified competitor; 300 miles.
Conclusion: either Tesla affiliated shop is gouging, OR
Tesla Model S is outrageously fragile.
In either case, the bottom line is, had I known then what I know now, I would not have purchased the car. And this statement comes from Elon Musk's greatest cheerleader and Tesla shareholder.
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