A Mercedes SL65 AMG was “totally wrecked” when it was crashed on the side of the highway by Sandown Mercedes technicians who were allegedly driving the car in a “sensibly and legally” manner.
According to a report from the UK-based Mail Online website, the car belonged to John Guest, a semi-retired IT consultant and car fanatic who lives in Poole, Dorset.
Based on the news source, Guest left his Mercedes SL65 AMG at the Mercedes dealership to have a minor problem fixed—a very small issue that only involved the onboard computer of the car.
However, a couple of hours after he left his car in the care of Sandown Mercedes, he got a call from them that the vehicle crashed on a dual carriageway six miles away from the dealership during a “routine test drive”.
Guest said that the dealership attempted to immediately move his car to a bodyshop but he demanded to take a look at it. Then, he was surprised to learn that the impact crushed the front of his car and left serious damage in the rear as seen in the picture above. The semi-retired IT consultant recalled that there was a tear in his eye when he saw the status of the car after the mishap.
The source noted that Guest’s car was one of the 90 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG’s in the country to be wrapped in a pearlescent paint job costing around £25,000. Overall, the car would costs around £170,000 when bought as brand new. Guest got the car in 2010 and has since spent more or less £30,000 on its maintenance.
As a result of the incident, Guest was given a Mercedes E350 by Sandown Mercedes as a courtesy car to keep him mobile for the meantime and they are currently looking a settlement through his insurance provider.
The report went on that Guest is currently considering legal action against the dealership due to his belief that their negligence was the cause of the crash and because of the fact that he thinks of it as irreplaceable.
The owner added that when he brought the car to the dealership, he also told them about a possible problem in the traction control system of the car but it was dismissed by Sandown Mercedes.
Gavin McAllister, the managing director of the dealership involved, stood firm that his technicians were driving the car “sensibly and legally” before the accident and stated that the police have agreed with that claim.
Sandown blamed the bad weather for the unfortunate event and promised that their insurance team would keep Guest informed about the progress of the case.