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it matters what damage your talking about, it wont be easy to scratch and dent it with like a shopping cart running into it, or someone opening their door into you. you could even hit it with a regular hammer and it would only get scuffed, which could be polished out, easily.

but if its a crash decently hard crash where stuff bends or breaks, yes it will be expensive to fix. mostly because nobody (repair shops, and even tesla) is equipped for doing said repairs.

side note...
any1 have the link to the patent? im too lazy to look
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I haven't watched the video for a while, but my recollection was that it wasn't just a coated head, but was a dead blow type sledge hammer that is meant to spread the impact and minimize damage at the point of impact.
I won't be hitting my door with a sledge hammer!

EDIT:. I missed Delusional's post, so I'm restating some of what he said. Doh!
Franz also did not hit the door very hard at all with it. A fear I have (and I am 52,000 in line) is the initial vehicles will be tested by a subset of society that may be closer to neanderthal man than homo sapiens or simply are jerks.

I imagine seeing carnage with the number of these vehicles as their group tests the windows, body paneling and probably even the finish of stainless against various chemicals. I am very interested to see what happens to insurance rates and the fact that no body shops will have experience working on the material and manufacturing method. The truck is awesome, but if you think coal rolling is bad, with for the vandals to whom this is a massive target.

I do wish Ford, Chevy and Ram were pushing EVs harder as that would mitigate this behavior, but in the beginning I think it is going to be real bad for the real early adopters. This will have nothing to do with neighborhoods or areas per se as we all travel to less optimal areas from time to time and the folks in those areas travel too. I hope I am wrong.
 

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Probably depends on the size of your hail. Golf ball hail won't be a problem. Meteor size hail (or meteorites themselves) might be an issue.
The big 2009 hail storm in Central Texas brought hailstones like this:

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...which damaged my DeLorean in the driveway:

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You can see the larger dimples here, but the Delorean.com body shop stopped counting at 100 and just replaced the hood. The side panels had only few minor dings, and were repaired. Thank God all my worthless junk was tucked safely in the garage.

Of course, the DeLorean body is fiberglass with stainless panels on top, and only the doors are structurally stainless steel, so overall it is very thin (0.8mm 304). With the Cybertruck's 3mm skin, it will require significantly more force to dent. I'm actually looking forward to thoughtless people slamming their doors into my CT since they will take all the damage lol.
 

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The big 2009 hail storm in Central Texas brought hailstones like this:

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...which damaged my DeLorean in the driveway:

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You can see the larger dimples here, but the Delorean.com body shop stopped counting at 100 and just replaced the hood. The side panels had only few minor dings, and were repaired. Thank God all my worthless junk was tucked safely in the garage.

Of course, the DeLorean body is fiberglass with stainless panels on top, and only the doors are structurally stainless steel, so overall it is very thin (0.8mm 304). With the Cybertruck's 3mm skin, it will require significantly more force to dent. I'm actually looking forward to thoughtless people slamming their doors into my CT since they will take all the damage lol.
Cybertruck owners can leave their trucks outside in a hailstorm. The armor glass and stainless steel exoskeleton will protect the truck and you'll have plenty of crushed ice in the bed to make some drinks.
 

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