Cheapskate Or Genius? Tesla Model S Gets Wooden DIY Repairs

Typically, if your car is insured and you’re involved in a crash, your insurer or the insurer of a car which hits you, will pay for the repairs. Evidently, neither of those two things happened to this Tesla Model S driver.

Recently snapped by a Redditor, this Model S has clearly been involved in some sort of rear-end collision and sustained extensive damage. However, rather than forking out the money to buy genuine Tesla parts to repair the electric sedan, it appears as though the owner has opted for a DIY solution.

In place of the rear hatch and window now sits a single piece of Perspex, cut to fit the shape of the car. Next, the interior of the trunk is made up from pieces of plywood placed vertically and horizontally to somewhat resemble the cargo space of a regular Model S.

Finally, the car features a silver Model S rear bumper with the owner even going to the effort of taping a Montana license plate to the inside of the trunk.

The repairs were probably carried out for less than a few hundred dollars but we’d be amazed if the car is road legal as it doesn’t seem like the smashed taillights are operational.


  • Benjamin B.

    sooner or later rednecks will put a LS in it

    • LWOAP

      Seems like a hassle if you ask me considering the work that would have to go into it. You’d pretty much have to build a whole new chassis and all the other bits just to get the engine to power the wheels. But if someone does decide to do it, I wish them the best of luck.

      • Status

        They wouldn’t need to build a chassis. Since the Model-S isn’t quite a unibody, they’d drop the cage on top of an LS-powered Silverado frame.

        • LWOAP

          You’re still going to have to make some modifications to get it to fit aren’t you? I’m pretty sure dropping a Tesla onto a Chevy Silverado frame isn’t going to be just a bolt on affair with no problems.

          • Status

            It never is, but backyard LS builds never emerge cleanly. Their principal goal is to function, and since I’ve seen LS blocks put into virtually every RWD performance car ever made (and some AWD ones), I don’t think it’s completely impossible.

  • Mike Stevens

    That’s OSB, not ply. 🙂

  • Six_Tymes

  • Knotmyrealname


    • Auf Wiedersehen

      S3XY’s car more likely…after his mom was rear ended and gave it to him, to get out of her basement and find a job.

  • ck

    Is the Woody edition?

  • Socarboy

    Usually you see “home made” body repairs on a Chrysler 200 but I guess there’s a first time for everything.

  • U8INIT

    Just plain GHETTO!!!!

    • CarBrough

      Yeah, what he said…

  • carsrcool

    No wonder… have you had a collision shop bid lately ??

  • Jeff Masters

    funny… people form corporations in Montana to register their cars and avoid paying local and state taxes, usually seen with Exotics, but this is a 100K car.. If an insurance co really investigated you it could deny a claim when it found out you don’t really liven Montana.. I bet that is the case here.

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