An angry owner of a Maserati Quattroporte reportedly hired three men to destroy his car in the city of Qingdao, China.
It was a form of ‘protest’ by the owner, who claimed that Maserati China had violated his consumer rights. According to online reports, the owner has had a dispute with a local Maserati dealer and an insurance company over maintenance costs.
The owner chose May 14, the opening day of the Qingdao International Auto Show, to stage the protest as there would be many journalists around.
It took place right in front of the exhibition hall.
The owner accused Maserati China, the Maserati dealer and the insurance company of fraud and other issues. The dispute reportedly started in 2011, when the owner and the dealer got into an argument about repair costs and the quality of replaced parts.
The dealer had allegedly replaced a broken part with another used part, and not with something new. The dealer then charged 2,400 yuan (S$485.184) for the ‘repair’.
The insurance company backed the dealer and the dispute started.