The Cybertruck has now amassed over 250,000 preorders. We know that it will cost from $39,000 to own the vehicle but how much would it cost should it need repair?
Body of work
Tesla’s latest promotion is the first vehicle of its kind. It’s ‘bulletproof’ windows and ultra-hard 30X stainless steel shell will make it a force like no other before it. The point of this truck is that it’s not supposed to get damaged so easily like its counterparts. Therefore it has an even more valuable return on investment.
However, should the unthinkable happen, such as a dent in the shell on impact, the main cost of the repair would be in the labor. Stainless steel isn’t such an expensive product but this variant isn’t the standard type and the process of constructing it to fit the vehicle is complex.
This truck’s body is created with a variant of stainless steel that’s cold-worked multiple times. With this process, Tesla is able to change the way it produces the truck’s body panels.
Instead of the usual stamping procedure, the frame will be laser cut and folded. In fact, the reason why the product looks like the way it is is that the steel can break the stamp.
“Reason Cybertruck is so planar is that you can’t stamp ultra-hard 30X steel, because it breaks the stamping press,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter.
So, with this in mind, we can take a look at recent innovations with unorthodox body materials. Edmunds forced two dents into their aluminum Ford F-150 to see how much it would cost to repair. The labor had cost $120 dollars per hour for the fix and they were left with a bill of $4,138.44. This included a replacement of the dents, paint blend, and tail light replacement.
The Cybertruck probably wouldn’t need the paint blend like the Ford but the labor costs could be similar. Edmunds do report that steel repair labor costs are half the price of aluminum at $60 per hour. However, this isn’t quite the same metal used with the Cybertruck. This is extremely durable and is similar to the steel used with Elon Musk’s SpaceX project Starship.
With this in mind, the run of the mill repair shop may not be initially suited to repair a pioneering vehicle such as the Cybertruck. It is recommended that owners of the vehicle hold suitable warranty and insurance documents when purchasing the auto.
The insurance may be where the true cost of repairing this vehicle may be. With it being so unique and requiring specially created parts, the insurance could be much more than what it would cost to cover other trucks.
Nonetheless, if the unthinkable did happen (it did happen in Musk’s demo last month), the correct documents would ensure that you wouldn’t have to give an arm and a leg to repair the vehicle. Ultimately, a Tesla certified institution should take care of it.
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