Tornado takes down Tesla

By Lindsey Cooke

Toronto, Ontario — September 27, 2018 — A brand new Tesla was one of the many vehicles devastated from the reported six tornados that touched down in the Ottawa and Quebec area over the weekend.

Shawn Jamieson, operations general manager of CARSTAR Collision in Ottawa, shared with Collision Repair that they had 20 towed vehicles come in on Monday alone.

“But that doesn’t include the countless insurance assignments,” he said.

Approximately half of the damaged vehicles that had come into CARSTAR over the weekend had to be written-off.

“There were plenty of total losses,” Jamieson said.

The damages involved a vast majority of the vehicle from pelted debris, which resulted in severe dents and glass damage.

“Very labour intensive repairs,” he confirmed.

The costs of these repairs are above the average. When he started to do the estimates on the damaged Tesla, Jamieson got to $50,000 and stopped.

“The Tesla was devastated and so was the owner.”

Jamieson made a point to state that the insurance companies have been really helpful during this time.

“They have been communicating well in a timely fashion, and they are letting us do our thing—there are no push backs,” Jamieson said.

As reported earlier this week, Dejardins Insurance Group donated $50,000 for relief from those affected by the tornado.

“We work with Dejardins a ton and they have been at the top of our list”

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