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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 wrecked by dealership

Imagine, if you will, that you own a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe. To get this car, you traded in a 1969 Camaro SS and a 2011 Camaro SS. You take your new ZL1, which only has 10,000 miles on it, into the dealership you bought it from to deal with an issue with the paint, which is covered under warranty.

You then get a call from said dealership, explaining that an employee came in, outside of business hours, and decided to take your 580-horsepower sports car out for a joyride. During said joyride, the employee just so happened to wrap your ZL1 around a telephone pole.

That’s exactly what John and Debbie Hooper claim they are going through, after an employee at a Georgetown, Delaware’s First State Chevrolet allegedly wrecked their ZL1. This incident, which the Hoopers say happened back in December, has set fire to the forums of Camaro5, which is now home to a 26-page saga covering the Hoopers’ dilemma.

The couple is presently in a fight with the dealership to get a replacement for their car. Insurance companies are involved and naturally, the Hoopers have lawyered up. From the sounds of the most recent updates, the dealership attempted to offer the Hoopers a replacement ZL1 that had more miles and options they didn’t want, which the couple turned down.

You can read the entire long, arduous affair over at Camaro5. We also have some images up top of the wrecked ZL1 in question, kindly provided by Camaro5. Finally, we want to know what you think the dealership should be doing to try to patch things up. Head into Comments and have your say on the matter.

2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 wrecked by Delaware dealer while in for service originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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January 10th, 2014

Video: Mercedes techs taking C63 AMG Coupe Black Series for joyride caught on video

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series dealer abuse video screencap

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is a whole lotta car. Not only is the name a mouthful, but the 510-horsepower German rocket can be a handful too, well, in the wrong hands. This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen techs or valets getting their kicks behind the wheel of a vehicle that doesn’t belong to them, but it seems some employees at one Ottawa-area dealer didn’t get the memo.

Our tipster claims that a couple rogue techs at a dealership called Star Motors (formerly Carling Motors) decided to take out one of the 30 existing Black Series in Canada for a joyride. While we agree that some test drives of performance cars should be spirited to find performance-related problems, it’s pretty clear these guys just wanted some kicks behind the wheel of this $115,000+ Autobahn assassin.

For over eight minutes they negotiate the streets of Ottawa near the Hunt Club Road dealership, breaking all kinds of laws, risking property and injury in the process. The police would gladly impound this Black Series for some of these speeds, and MB enthusiasts would gladly slap these guys in the face for redlining the motor for so long.

Why any tech would post this on YouTube is beyond us, as they’re are only asking to be fired. The Internet has moved in for some e-justice and MBWorld.com has been set ablaze with nasty comments on the matter. Not only did they identify the location of the dealership, they have also sent the video, the original of which was removed from YouTube but then re-uploaded by a forum member, to Mercedes-Benz Canada HQ and are hard at work trying to find the possible owner to show him what’s been done to his car pre-delivery. Check out the video by scrolling down.

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Mercedes techs taking C63 AMG Coupe Black Series for joyride caught on video originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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April 13th, 2012

Video: Forget kicking tires, VW dealer shows off GTI durability with enthusiasm

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Dealer abusing a Volkswagen Golf GTI

Larry Roesch Volkswagen puts a GTI through its paces – Click above to watch video after the jump

Buying a used vehicle can be a scary experience. You just never know what kind of abuse the car has been subjected to by the hands of a previous owner, which is why plenty of people knowingly take the depreciation hit and buy new. After all, what kind of harm can a vehicle endure from the time it leaves the production facility until you sign on the dotted line? Quite a bit, according to the video after the jump. One very overzealous Volkswagen dealer set about taking to the YouTubes to demonstrate the sturdiness of his wares.

An innocent GTI was subjected to a few full-force door slams. That’s cringe-worthy enough in our book, but the wayward salesman wasn’t quite done. He then proceeded to use the full force of his body weight to jump up and down on the open driver’s door. While we appreciate a dealer’s desire to prove how well the vehicles he sells are built, we wouldn’t want that done to our own cars… and we’d hate to see what these guys do to the vehicles when the camera isn’t rolling.

Hit the jump to see the mayhem for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Mateusz!

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Forget kicking tires, VW dealer shows off GTI durability with enthusiasm originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 24 May 2011 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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May 24th, 2011
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