A retired fireman has received a payout from an insurer after his beloved Porsche Boxter S was written off in a crash that took place at the hands of a mechanic.
Peter Ludlow purchased his Porsche for £46,000 five years ago, but has only received some £12,000 from the garage's insurer. Ludlow said he thinks the Porsche was actually worth around £26,000.
According to a report in the Mirror, Ludlow was due to go and collect his car from the garage, which was carrying out a routine MOT and service on the car, when he received a phone call informing him that it had been written off in an accident.
Although rare, these types of accidents do happen and dealership owners have a responsibility to take out full road risks insurance in order to protect customers financially if an accident should occur when a mechanic is driving a customers' vehicle.
Speaking to the newspaper, Ludlow explained: "I gave it to them at eight in the morning and they were going to give it a full service and drive to the MOT station."
"They split it up the middle, it's dead," he added.
It was later revealed that the garage owner's son, who was only 18, had been given the car to drive and he drove it into a Ford Fiesta, writing it off completely. "He's the son of the owner and he has admitted to driving it down this dangerous road at 65mph," explained Ludlow.
The incident happened in Kent and the police in the area are still looking into the cause of the crash, but have so far made no arrests. They are seeking witness reports about the incident in order to clarify what happened.