Hail damage to Model S?

Hail damage to Model S?

Has anyone experienced any hail damage to their Model S? Living in Colorado, hail is fairly common. In most cases it is no bigger than pea size, so I'm hoping that it will not cause any damage. My wife asked whether the aluminum body panels and pano roof would hold up comparably to more traditional ICE vehicle materials. Any experiences (good or bad) to share?


jeffaa | September 4, 2013

All experiences with hail damage are going to be bad. But like you said, most of our (Colorado) hail is harmless. That said, we do get hail and it could be damaging. Check with your insurance and see if they offer any of the type of coverage. Watch for weather reports (like today's), and park indoors when you can.

jbunn | September 4, 2013

I had one of the local crazies toss an egg through the gap in a fence onto the hood of my car a few days ago. Cleaned it off, but there was a mark I could not remove. It was a series of concentric rings with the largest about the size of a ping pong ball. It looked like the ripples on a pond, or the ring mountains around a crater, so I feared the worst. Took it to a detailer today, and got my bad feeling confirmed. The under coat is harder and cracked. The clear coat is more flexible and is still intact. The marks are permanent and cannot be buffed out. Eggs apparently have some interesting properties regarding their heavy weight and strong shell that have the ability to cause that damage.

So the car has a battle scar unfortunately.

This makes it extremely critical that a Tesla should never be parked under chickens.

Can't say about hail. Probably not good either.

akikiki | September 4, 2013

Hail - Sounds like a job for Paint Armor of some kind.

carolinagobo | September 4, 2013

Tesla is not the only car made of aluminum, Jaguar XK and other luxury performance car are, the resistance is the same of a regular ICE

jonesxander | September 4, 2013

@jbunn, one year kids (I'm assuming) egged a few cars on my street. Not every car mind you, but about every 3rd or 4th car.

You're absolutely right, egging a car does cause damage. I have the exact same marks you're talking about.

It kinda tripped me out more than anything, I was like wow...those concentric rings. So as it's hitting the car, the shell crashes, cracks marks the car, and continues forward until the next "ring" hits and so on and so forth.

It was somewhat interesting, if not for the fact that now I have a mark in my car. It's not a Tesla btw.

Brian H | September 4, 2013

When ready to "repaint", consider a full-body vinyl wrap. Any color, good looking, removable. ~$3K. Probably egg-repairable, too.

jbunn | September 4, 2013

I hate to egg you on Brian, but I looked at the Tesla armor when I ordered and foolishly decided it was eggstravagant. (also didn't like the visible line). While the full body wrap is eggspensive, it may be eggsactly what I needed. Now I have egg on my face.

Brian H | September 5, 2013

Lay off, or I'll have to wrap you one! And your sensitive parts are eggsposed.

Mark E | September 6, 2013

My 928 Porsche has aluminium guards and bonnet (hood for you US guys). No dents after 23 years - the aluminium is just as durable as steel.

Tabarnouche | May 27, 2015

I thought I would bump this up to see if anyone's Model S experienced hail lately and how their car fared. When I had a Prius, I didn't care about the weather. Now I sweat a bit when I see dark clouds in the distance...

DTsea | May 27, 2015


I would expect glass to be fine including pano roof. But for large hail (over 1 to 2 inches) - admittedly rare but does happen in texas and oklahoma- you would probably have to replace your hood. When airplanes are exposed to extreme ground hail they often get pretty badly dented and need extensive repair.

Tabarnouche | May 27, 2015

I don't doubt it. I guess I'm like the OP: I'm wondering if any MS owners on this forum have experienced hail falling on their car. So far, it sounds like I just need to worry about eggs.

Brian H | May 27, 2015

In heavy hail, hide.

DonS | May 28, 2015

Anything bigger than grapes is bad for any cars or people caught in the deluge.

buchholtz3 | May 29, 2015

Also living in Colorado in the midst of the May/June thunderstorms, I worry that I cannot put my car under anything while at work. I watch the weather radar on my iPad when the skies darken, and have a thick blanket at the ready to cover the hood if needed. I know that won't stop the huge stuff, but if the hail is huge, the tornado that usually comes with it will be more of a concern. At least with the pano roof that is that much less aluminum to get pocked....

mdj | June 5, 2015

I got caught in the Longmont tornado last night in a new 85D. Some hail dings on the hood. I hate this weather.

ir | June 5, 2015

Had some BB sized hail in Tahoe 2 weeks ago. No damage on pano roof or body (full body clear bra).