Some idiot scratched my rear fender. Oh wait, that was me. A momentarily distracted driver cut it too close backing into my garage scratching the rear fender.
I have taken it to the body shop, and while The car is in the shop I asked them to look at several rock chips on the front hood, front bumper and front fenders. I probably have about a half a dozen chips, all about one or 2 mm after 10 months and 11,000 miles here in the high desert of New Mexico. I have beautiful red paint, and I asked them for a quote on fixing those. It was suggested that if I went through the expense of fixing the rock chips, I ought to get a paint protection film, and I agree with that.
So I have a couple of questions for the forum:
Do other people have problems with rock chips? Maybe it’s because I live in the desert and there’s lots of sand and dust and rocks on the roads, or is it because the paint is not too durable?
Also, do other folks have experience with repairing these tiny rock chips? Any ideas as to a reasonable price? Also any general guidelines on the cost of applying paint protection film over the front of the car? I am using the only Tesla certified body shop in the state. I have used them before and have been very satisfied with their service.
In hindsight, I would recommend considering paint protection film when the car is new, if you care about this kind of stuff and live in the desert.