Tesla Model 3 Deemed A Write Off After Slamming Into Mercedes C-Class

The life of a Tesla Model 3 has been cut tragically short after a slamming into a Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The dashcam footage below was shared on Reddit and shows the grey Model 3 cruising along the road. The owner of the Tesla admits that he was doing slightly over the 40 mph (64 km/h) speed limit, though we can’t see how he could have avoided hitting the Merc even if he was within the limit.

While approaching an intersection, a W211-generation C-Class driving in the opposite direction made a left turn directly in front of the Model 3. Despite the quick reflexes of the Tesla driver, it was impossible for them to stop in time and the electric sedan ended up slamming into the rear passenger side of the Mercedes.

On Reddit, the Tesla driver notes that there was a pedestrian crossing the road in front of the C-Class and that the Mercedes driver slowed in the middle of the intersection to allow the pedestrian to cross. However, he/she appeared to be totally unaware of the Tesla that was coming their way.

Pictures of the two cars after the crash reveal that they received surprisingly little damage. In fact, the only obvious signs of damage on the Tesla are a smashed front bumper and hood – and, of course, the airbags that deployed.

However, the Tesla owner has confirmed that the electric sedan was deemed to be totaled and the insurance of the Mercedes driver paid out the full price of a new Model 3. Thus, the whole incident ended up setting the Tesla driver back about $200.


  • TRB0T0Y

    ‘The owner of the Tesla admits that he was doing slightly over the 40 mph (64 km/h) speed limit’

    ‘Slightly over’… Looks like that Telsa was moving along at quite a good clip, in the gutter lane too. Perhaps the Benz driver noticed the Tesla halfway down the block, and at that distance, it was safe to make the turn. I think the insurance should have raised the speed issue. If he was doing 40 and not 50(?), there likely wouldn’t have been a collision.

    • MultiKdizzle

      That’s some impressive victim-blaming there, nice work.

      No idea what you meant by ‘gutter lane’ also, that’s clearly not a turning lane.

      • TRB0T0Y

        It wasn’t so much ‘victim-blaming’ as it is victim shaming. If I were the Benz’s insurer, I would absolutely pursue an accident reconstruction model. Put that Telsa at 40 and not 50ish, and I bet there would not have been a collision.

    • HN

      Looks like even if the Tesla was driven at 40 MPH and brake very hard when the Mercedes started to make the left turn it could still be an accident. The left turn Mercedes was at fault, that is why the insurance is willing to pay the Tesla owner the full cost.

  • Bash

    Wow, that Mercedes still looks good.

    • Jay

      I’ve seen a Mercedes total a Maxima after it rear ended it. Merc only has scratches as if it drove into a bush.

      • Bash

        I don’t have to see that to believe it.

        • Jay

          I have photos in case you did.

          • Bash

            😂 Well. I don’t have to see them in order to believe you jay. You are fine jay. You are one of the good guys here.

    • Marty

      Yes, you can’t really afford to have much deformation in the sides of a car, since it would then deform the people inside 🙂
      So it’s natural that the Tesla front is more smashed than the Mercedes side.

      • Althea Later

        Are saying that your average Nissan Sentra, etc will hold up just as well as a Mercedes or BMW when broadsided?

        • Marty

          I’m not saying that, as far as I can tell. I’m saying that in a collision above parking lot speed but below highway speed the car hit in the front will be more messed up than the car hit in the side. By design.

          But I have no real reason to believe that a Sentra would be significantly worse off than a C class in a situation like that.

      • Bash

        I know that. That’s true, but also I meant that old small Benz looks more beautiful than that Tesla.

        • Marty

          No question about that. 🙂

  • LeStori

    “The owner of the Tesla admits that he was doing slightly over the 40 mph (64 km/h) speed limit”.

    Never admit anything in an accident. Your insurance company is listening.

    • surfshop

      The Tesla makes a record of speed and all other telemetry, so might as well confess upfront.

      • Sébastien

        No need for telemetry when you give the dashcam footage 🙄

      • Paul

        Most cars do that today by way of onboard computer.

    • Althea Later

      Also… if you have time to blow your horn, you should also be braking. I don’t think he attempted to stop as fast as he could have.

  • That Merc is a W203, not W211. W211 is an E-Class.

  • surfshop

    The Tesla looks pretty fine to me

  • Arthur Burnside

    Tesla builds cars that are, without doubt, the most expensive to repair, ever.
    A small paint scratch on a fender well costs $8,000 and three man days of labor – its essentially an $80 touch up for any other car. A 3 MPH bump ended up costing over $13,000. These are some (not all – there’s the $1000 door handles) of the reasons the last car I would ever own is a Tesla – a ridiculously complicated car with buggy software and single points of failure
    that leave the car inoperable.

    • Sébastien

      $1000 door handle? That’s definitely not a model3.
      I’m curious, wich other car doesn’t have SPOF?

    • stockinbug

      The excessive body repair costs are coming from third-party body shops Tesla contracts with. They think Tesla drivers have money to spare, hence the gouging.

      Tesla now has some of their own body shops, with more coming soon. The prices are very much more reasonable there.

    • David De Fortier

      Tesla and apple should merge… Same tactics.

      • Jay

        Ehhh.. at least the iPhone can be repaired somewhat with ease for now.

  • Sébastien

    Never look at the obstacle you try to avoid…

  • BGcarmaven

    I thought Tesla’s were equipped with
    collision avoidance and automatic emergency braking? Is this resulting crash even with those systems in place?

  • TheBelltower

    I just needed to see the awful aftermarket wheels on the Mercedes to know who was at fault. Dumb people are usually at fault in these situations.

  • Althea Later

    Sheesh, these auto website writers are getting annoying. Seems like everything they write lately is explained to us like we are idiots. Like we can’t deduct anything for ourselves. And some of it is such hyperbole.

  • Paul

    The author and whoever are nuts if they think that’s totaled.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Look up Tesla repair nightmare stories and you’ll see how easily believable it is.

  • Mohamed Elhadi Talmoudi

    It’s a w203 c-class, the w211 is an e-class off the same era !

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