Submitted by tdwin2000 on Fri, 2020-02-21 20:07
So I have a couple of chips that I touched up recently on my red model 3's front bumper but still not as great as fixing it professionally. So because my local Tesla service center doesn't do paint work on the cars, I went to their website and called one of their authorized local body shops on the approved list. Now, I have two small chips I touched up with the Tesla touch up paint in the multicoat red. So, after having the shop look at my car here's their estimate. To pull the front bumper off and repaint and reinstall the bumper the total charge was about $2500. I can't believe it's that high. I figured probably about $600-$800 tops. I called my local Tesla service center and can buy a whole new front bumper pre-painted at Tesla's factory for $900. Figure another $200-$250 for labor to install. How the heck did this shop get to $2500? I did't bother calling them back to inquire. I'm going to one of the other shops on the list to get a quote. My only concern with going the new pre-painted route is that my car is 1 1/2 years old and would a newly red painted bumper match or stand out like a sore thumb? I'm guessing there might be some fading after 1 1/2 years. Although I do park it in my enclosed garage and it's mostly in the shade when parked M-F at work. Just wondering if I'm wrong in thinking $2500 to repaint a bumper is insane?