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Mechanic Fails Test Drive, Flips Car

By February 1, 2010

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Wow. If you ever thought your day was going badly, you should listen to this guy's story. A woman dropped her 2008 Porsche off at her neighborhood Shell station for an inspection. She expected to pick her car up the next day with a new sticker in the window, but unfortunately woke up to a call from local authorities telling her her car had just been found upside down in a mangrove swamp. Local news initially reported the car had been stolen, but it soon surfaced that the man who flipped the car into the drink was the owner of the Shell station. He had taken the car home for a "test drive" when the accident happened. However according to authorities the test was being performed at a whopping 164 mph. I'm not telling you this as a warning, it's perfectly acceptable for a mechanic to drive a customer's car home to look for a problem or road test a repair. After all, that's what you do in your car, right, drive home? But 164 mph was probably excessive.

Read more and see video of the crashed Porsche here at NBC 2.

February 1, 2010 at 10:08 am
(1) Aaron Gold - Cars Guide says:

Probably excessive?

February 1, 2010 at 11:33 am
(2) JR says:

It may depend on the complaint. My mother once told my father her ’68 Firebird needed a tune-up because it was cutting out at 110.

February 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(3) gzuckier says:

Friend of mine had the opposite problem: took her newish car to the dealer complaining that it wouldn’t go over 60; they told her she shouldn’t be driving over 60 (back when the speed limit was 55).

February 11, 2010 at 12:58 am
(4) Used Peterbilt trucks says:

He He He… What a bad day she had..!! Its totally and excessively WRONG to drive and than too a test drive at a speed of 164mph. What is surprising if the car flips..? Sincerely its happened, and if the total instructions are like don’t drink and drive, if nobody listen to that rule, definitely this would happen..

February 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm
(5) Harold says:

After he replaced the car, never take another one to this idiot.

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