Chinese owner smashes his Maserati to protest poor service
This is now a trend: Fail to fix someone's luxury car in China, and soon the vehicle may be bashed to bits.
Not in China. This week, a man parked his Maserati Quattroporte by the steps of the Qingdao Auto Show and proceeded to beat the car with sledgehammers in front of a crowd. The purpose, according to China Car Times, was to show the owner's frustration with a local Maserati distributor that repaired his car, unsuccessfully, with used parts instead of the new ones he ordered.
Luxury cars in China face huge import tariffs, and this particular Maserati cost a whopping $423,000 when new in 2011, or roughly 3.5 times more than a typical Quattroporte in the U.S. That makes the story even crazier.
But this is a trend. In 2011, a Lamborghini Gallardo owner smashed his car with sledgehammers in front of a crowd, also over a poor repair job. In 2012, a Porsche Cayenne owner went a little softer by towing his vehicle on a flatbed and organizing a sit-in outside the offending dealership. No destruction that time.
It's not clear if any of the automakers made these wealthy owners whole after witnessing these sensational displays. Whatever happened, we at least have to hand it to the car owners for taking it to the streets instead of posting an anonymous negative review on Yelp. But please, take it easy with those hammers.
[Source: China Car Times; Photo from People.com.cn/China Car Times]
Surely the owner could have found a less "destructive" way to draw attention to the shoddy service he received. What is he expecting from the results of his temper tantrum?
Major embarrassment of the brand and hopefully a brand new, working Maserati! No one should be treated to poor servicing experience, and multiple times at that! I salute the owner, that is sticking it to the brand and shoddy service at its finest!
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