GREENEV
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Delivery Date: 14 Jan 2012
Leaf Number: 17351
Location: Denver, CO

Hail Damage and cracked Solar Panel

Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:52 pm

When it rains, it hails.

So much for a dent less and scratchless LEAF any longer.

The hailstorm this week really "dinged" me.

On top of it all, The solar panel that runs the 12V battery needs to be replaced. The plexiglass is cracked. Nissan only sells the part in its entirety, of course. $670 for the part.
2012 LEAF: Glacier Pearl SL
Delivered 1-14-12
20,000 Miles as of 9/2014
26,000 Miles as of 8/2015

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JeremyW
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Joined: Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:53 am
Delivery Date: 23 Jun 2012
Leaf Number: 19136
Location: San Gabriel, CA

Re: Hail Damage and cracked Solar Panel

Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:56 pm

Not worth it unless the aesthetics bug you. It's only a 5W panel.
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Slow1
Posts: 487
Joined: Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:15 pm
Delivery Date: 28 Jun 2014
Leaf Number: 425010
Location: Eastern MA, USA

Re: Hail Damage and cracked Solar Panel

Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:27 pm

If you swap it out, see if you can keep the old one. Maybe you can use it to power an LED flashlight :)
2013 S with 6kw upgrade (Black)
MFD Date 12/13

HighDesertDriver
Posts: 454
Joined: Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:29 am
Delivery Date: 09 Sep 2011
Leaf Number: 8765
Location: Palmdale, CA

Re: Hail Damage and cracked Solar Panel

Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:10 pm

Check for undamaged old stock recovered from scrapped vehicles. We recently met a stranger as he slowly turned left and stopped in front of us. The obvious damage was to our front bumper, but the left headlight assembly sustained a few cracked attachment/alignment tabs. The shop found a good-as-new assembly for half the new cost. I've retained the original assembly for replacement lights or a clear, scratch-free replacement transparency. Good luck!
2011 Glacier Pearl SL QC
Manf: 8/11 Delivered: 9/9/11
58,900 miles 10/09/15; New 2015 Bat 6/00/15, 55558; 66.14AHr
1BC 6/22/13@28310; 2BC 3/23/14@39750; 3BC 9/30/14@46,292; 4CB 6/12/15@55175, 170-185 G; 43.27AHr
PV: 7.2kW, ~13,500 kWh/yr since 3/06

GREENEV
Posts: 142
Joined: Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:36 pm
Delivery Date: 14 Jan 2012
Leaf Number: 17351
Location: Denver, CO

Re: Hail Damage and cracked Solar Panel

Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:47 pm

The vehicle is leased and my comprehensive collision should cover all damage.
2012 LEAF: Glacier Pearl SL
Delivered 1-14-12
20,000 Miles as of 9/2014
26,000 Miles as of 8/2015

AlanSqB
Posts: 330
Joined: Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:33 pm
Delivery Date: 26 Jul 2014
Leaf Number: 300613
Location: Fort Collins, CO

Re: Hail Damage and cracked Solar Panel

Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:57 pm

That storm sounds like it was a real bad one. Several people at work today were describing some heavy property damage. Sorry to hear your Leaf was among the casualties.
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MikeinDenver
Posts: 329
Joined: Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:40 am
Delivery Date: 03 May 2014
Leaf Number: 413923
Location: Columbus, OH

Re: Hail Damage and cracked Solar Panel

Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:29 pm

I still need to get mine in from the bad hail in May, two weeks after I got the car. Haven't felt like dealing with a shop regarding heat and the battery. I do plan to try to get it in soon though. Over $6.5k in damage.
2013 SL

GREENEV
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Joined: Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:36 pm
Delivery Date: 14 Jan 2012
Leaf Number: 17351
Location: Denver, CO

Re: Hail Damage and cracked Solar Panel

Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:25 pm

Hi Mike,

What color is your LEAF?

How bad is the body damaged from hail?
2012 LEAF: Glacier Pearl SL
Delivered 1-14-12
20,000 Miles as of 9/2014
26,000 Miles as of 8/2015

MikeinDenver
Posts: 329
Joined: Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:40 am
Delivery Date: 03 May 2014
Leaf Number: 413923
Location: Columbus, OH

Re: Hail Damage and cracked Solar Panel

Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:24 am

GREENEV wrote:Hi Mike,

What color is your LEAF?

How bad is the body damaged from hail?
It is silver. It has over 1200 dents on the roof alone. The only panels without damage are the passenger side doors and the bumpers as they are urethane. Supposedly it is going to take 3-4 weeks to fix it all. If I recall from the estimate they are calling for both driver-side doors to just be replaced and the liftgate. The rest they want to paint less dent repair.

Thankfully I only have a $100 deductible so it doesn't cost me much, except for the month of no LEAF.
2013 SL

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