I once drove my mom’s 1984 Honda Accord into a pole. I was 17. The bumper crumpled a little, but the damage wasn’t easily spotted. Still, I remember being terrified my dad would see it and, to this day, haven’t admitted to him that I caused the damage. (Sorry, Dad!)
Imagine calling the owner of a rare Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing and informing him you’ve just destroyed it. I wouldn’t want to be on either end of that call!
There are only 1,400 of these in existence (or maybe 1,399), and they can sell for almost $2 million each. Wrecking one, especially one that belongs to someone else, would be an incredible stressor in anyone’s day.
Two mechanics in Stuttgart recently took a customer’s Gullwing on a test drive joyride, ran it off the road, rolled it over, and caused over $830,000 in damage.
Then, perhaps even worse, they had to inform the owner.