A child causes $38,000 of damage in an Audi dealership
Children are sometimes uncontrollable and a few moments of inattention can have serious consequences. In Guilin, China, a few vehicles from an Audi dealer were the victims. A three-year-old child scratched the bodywork of ten brand-new Audis with a small stone. Fun for him, less fun for his parents!
According to local reports via AsiaOne, damaged vehicles included some particularly expensive models, such as the latest Audi Q3 and Q8 SUVs. Some scratches were as long as four inches and the majority of the ten cars were hit several times. This mischievous pleasure led to a costly repair bill to be paid by his parents.
The dealership estimated the total damage at 200,000 yuan, or about $38,000/£29,000. This extremely high amount is justified by the dealership. Even if repaired, not all scratched vehicles can be sold to customers as brand-new cars. The loss is therefore high for the dealer since the ten new cars have become second-hand cars.
Of course, the parents refused to pay such an amount and the case ended in court. Finally, the dealership ordered the parents to pay 70,000 yuan, which is equivalent to about $13,500/£10,300. It is still very high, but parents will have to pay this fixed amount. This shows that it is always important to keep an eye on your toddlers...
Photo credits Weibo/Guilin