Long-term Rental Replacement Advice?

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  1. Azthrillhouse

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    My TM3 was rear-ended on a road trip in California two weeks ago. Substantial cosmetic damage to the bumper, trunk panel, tail light housing, and left rear panel, but the car is still drivable.

    No injuries and the other driver's insurance is covering, but.....the body shop (Tesla approved & insurance approved) is telling me that the car will need to be in their possession to tear-down before they order the parts....and they are giving me an estimate of 70 days for the repairs to be complete (unlikely best-case scenario 30 days, but they really have very little to go on. They have another TM3 in the shop that's been waiting 2 months for parts.)

    So......anybody have any advice on wrangling an acceptable replacement vehicle? That is a long time to be without my spaceship. Renting the cheapest Model S on Turo would be about $7,300, about 3K more than the repairs and 3K more than renting most "standard" vehicles.

    I can legitimately claim that renting an ICE car will cost me $225 extra in fuel over that time span...but other than that I don't see how I'm going to get the insurance company (theirs or mine) to buy off on that.

    A Bolt or a Leaf would be an acceptable substitute, even though charging becomes more difficult - but I don't see any of those for rent.

    Am I doomed to ICE-ville?
     
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  2. Bokonon

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    Sorry to hear about your spaceship. :(

    This may be a completely hare-brained idea with taxes and fees considered, but here goes anyway...

    What about BUYING a used LEAF (2013+, with as many bars remaining as possible) for something in the neighborhood of $8-11K (Carguru), then selling it at the end of the rental period? If renting an ICE is going to cost you about $4K, you might be able to do a little better than that on the buy/sell spread, since an $8-10K car isn't going to depreciate much over the span of a few months. Plus, in the (likely?) event that your Model 3 takes longer than 70 days to repair, you're not stuck looking for another rental or paying rental prices for additional time.

    Downsides: additional hassle, requires having a sizable chunk of cash available.
     
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    Not hare-brained, but the hassle/risk of taking it in the shorts threshold is too high for me.

    In talking to my insurance (while their insurance waits to get back to me), California requires the rental be of "comparable value", which takes into consideration the current value of the car (as a brand new vehicle, this helps a lot). So, given the accident happened in California with a California driver, I might have a leg to stand on to get a decent reimbursement amount.
     
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