A Nice Ding

In October 2016, I was at a restaurant on the coast with a very small parking lot.  After dinner I came out to the Tesla and found the following note.  The person even knew that my name is “owner”.


The ding on my car was quite small and the only real way to repair it would be to get some touch up paint.  So I ordered the touch up paint, and the kind doctor who dinged my car sent me a check for the paint.

As I’m sure with many people, getting around to small unimportant tasks like fixing a ding in your car may take months before being executed, I had the little container of paint in my junk drawer in the kitchen.  Overtime after that junk door was opened, a chemical smell came out of it.  It took me a while to figure out that this little jar of paint truly reeked.  I moved the touch up paint to somewhere in my garage.  I have to admit now a year and a half later, I have yet to “repair” the tiny ding, or even notice its existence.

We are having so much political turmoil in the United States, and climate change is exacerbating the wildfires here in California.  In order to balance the news, I thought a post of such a considerate gesture on the part of a stranger was a good idea.

2 thoughts on “A Nice Ding

  1. Ah…yes…I’m still actually in ding mode myself having had someone ding my door after attending a Drive Electric Week Event in another city. The car had avoided such incidents for it’s entire existence besides that one moment. That was about two years ago and I didn’t notice the damage until the too small dashcam SD card (64k) wrote over the capture of a possible culprit.

    Local body shops (all three) quoted about three thousand dollars for this little ding caused by a ding-a-ling who seemingly didn’t care. The good news is, for about a hundred bucks…the local mobile dent repair made the dent itself almost disappear using his tools and skills of twenty years via the window channel.

    Now, all I have to do is pick up one of these handy kits from Tesla…and I should be all set. https://shop.tesla.com/us/en/product/vehicle-accessories/model-s_x_3-paint-repair-kit.html You may want to consider getting one, you too, RWF! (Unless you had a local place match that paint to what’s actually on your car now versus what it looked like new.)

    On a side note…no pun intended, I had a very sweet young lady leave a message about the damage to my front bumper that she caused after she backed into thee car while Supercharging. Who knew that repair, or even replacement of an entire bumper was less than a third of the cost of a “tiny” door ding? Now, all I have to do, is get it all resolved.


    • Technically mine was perhaps more of a “paint chip” than a ding.

      Thanks for the pointer on the new kit from Tesla. If the ding bothers me at some point, maybe I’ll get that little repair kit.

      The little paint I got was directly from Tesla.

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