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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 23:07

FL Body Shop Worker Crashes Man’s Audi S4, Refuses to Pay for Repairs

Written by Michael Fira, TopSpeed


All day, every day, we have to agree with forms online that are too long to be worth reading. Much in the same way, we often fail to read contracts in real life; however, this could have costly consequences.


Take a man who brought his Audi S4 to a body shop for repairs only for an employee to wreck it and then refuse to pay for the damages.


Apparently, the client had signed a contract that exempted the shop from having to pay for any damages that occurred while the car was in its care. However, the owner has since sought legal help as he aims to somehow get the body shop to pay for the gross negligence.


It’s not the first time that we’ve heard about a customer handing his car over in good faith to an auto body repair shop thinking that he’ll get it back in better condition than it was in when he left it. Instead, through the carelessness---or utter recklessness in this case---of the staff, the car ends up damaged or nigh on destroyed. Who is to blame if that happens? You’ll be quick to point fingers at the shop, but you may be in for a surprise.


Vincent Hansen took his Audi S4 to Titan Motorsports in Orlando, FL, to have it upgraded with some aftermarket parts. Just a couple of days later, Hansen headed back to the shop to retrieve his prized possession.


All seemed normal up until this point.


Moments later, "the phone at the shop rang, and the news was, ’Hey, we don’t really know how to tell you this, but your car was just in an accident around the corner from the shop,’ and I was like, ’Is this a joke?’" Hansen said to WESH 2 News. 


“Accidents happen,” thought Hansen as he heard the news. After all, the employee was at fault for crashing into an oncoming car after making an illegal U-turn. He even received a ticket at the scene of the accident.


Hansen’s universe shattered again moments later when he came to the realization that some paperwork that he’d signed prior to leaving the car at Titan Motorsports absolved the body shop of any liability if something happened to the car while it was in its care.

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