Our Model 3 got totaled

Last week, we found out our Model 3 got totaled. State Farm offered us $34,500 for the car. We said that was too low. A friend of mine, Jo, at Cleantechnica recommended the services of Collision Safety Consultants. From their website:

We are independent unbiased vehicle damage appraisers and inspectors specializing in the areas of vehicle diminished value, total loss assessments and pre-purchase & post collision repair inspections.

Collision Safety Consultants

Their estimate was the vehicle was worth $43,000, an almost $9,000 difference. I am engaging with them for help. There are three areas of concern.

  • The value given to our vehicle is too low. Why do we have to fight our own insurance to get a proper value?
  • The after market wheels we bought.
  • FSD Beta. We bought Enhanced AutoPilot and FSD Beta for $8,000. To buy it new will cost $15,000.

Here is what led the car to being totaled. The total repairs were $28,500. This is above the total loss threshold of 75% compared to estimated value.

A view of underneath our Model 3 trunk. The corners are cracked and the sides have buckled. With this much frame damage it’s no wonder the car got totaled.

Some lessons learned.

  • Seek outside help when you lack expertise, such as friends, lawyers, third party consultants
  • If your car is totaled, don’t blindly accept the insurance company’s offer. Negotiate. They want to settle the claim quickly.
  • Find used vehicles similar to yours to negotiate, such as KBB, Carmax, NADA, Carvana,etc.
  • Bankrate has this article on how to negotiate with an insurance company company after a total loss.
  • I’m regretting postponing our new Model 3 order. We’ll see if we get it before March 31st.

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Published by smilingdad

My story is one of tragedy and redemption. We've made many mistakes along the way regarding our money. Our goal here is to show you how to take care of your money life long, and as much as we can, help the Earth along the way. I call it sustainable personal finance and ethical capitalism. Currently, I am a part time writer for Cleantechnica and part-time licensed financial professional, along with being a full-time dad.

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