A man in China hired three men to trash his luxurious car just because he was angry with the car dealer, reports claim.
The owner, identified only by name, Wang, paid three people to break the $423,000 Maserati Quattroporte at the Qingdao International Auto Show on Tuesday.
As local news agencies claim, Wang explained his move like the dealer had replaced faulty parts in his vehicle with used parts. He went on, accusing both the car dealer and an insurance company of fraud.
Wang has also created a special account in the Chinese social network Weibo where he posts and reposts pictures and articles about his desperate deed.
“The conflict started in 2011, when the owner and the dealer got into a row about a repair costs and the quality of some replaced parts. The dealer apparently replaced a broken part with another used part, and not with a new part,” writes Car News China.
“The dealer then charged 2400 yuan (390 USD) for the â€˜repairâ€™. The insurance company backed the dealer and a long and painful process of angry letters and angry phone calls started, a process that continues all the way until today.”
The owner of the Maserati thoroughly prepared for his performance: he had informed journalists by phone, email, Weibo and even by flyer what and when he was going to do.
Strangely, Wang hasnâ€™t issued any formal demands, he just keeps ranting about his rights as a consumer and those bad bad Maserati and insurance companies.
Three hired men used sledgehammers to batter the windows and body of the Maserati. They wrecked the flashy vehicle in front of hordes of press and bystanders gathered outside the Auto Show, reports The Huffington Post.
“I hope foreign luxury car producers acknowledge clearly that Chinese consumers are entitled to get the service that is commensurate with the brand,” Wang told the Qingdao Morning Post, according to Agence France-Presse.
Chinese Internet users were divided over the incident, with some expressing scepticism about the car owner’s motives.
“Is it to defend his rights or just for show? I think it is more of a show – why do you smash your supercar if you just want to seek justice for the change of a 2,400-yuan part?” said one posting
Maserati, an Italian car manufacturer, is one of several luxury car brands that have become popular in China since the country overtook the U.S. as the world’s largest auto market in 2009. Maserati representative in China told reporters that Maserati and the Qingdao-based dealer had responded to Wang’s complaint.
“We deeply regret that the customer decided to terminate bilateral talks in such a sudden manner,” a representative said in a statement.
This isn’t the first time an angry customer’s frustrations have been taken out on a high-end vehicle. two years ago, a businessman from Qingdao, Han Nan, hired people to destroy his $750,000 supercar Lamborghini.
When explaining his move, the man told reporters that he was fed up with a mechanic who couldn’t fix an engine problem, so he decided to have the car smashed in front of a crowd on World Consumer Rights Day.