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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?

Andy

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.

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.

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

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

@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.

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

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.

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

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.


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