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The owner of a Ferrari 430 Scuderia got back a badly smashed ride after sending it in for servicing and is now suing agent Ital Auto.

28 Apr 2014 | Local News : Singapore


The Straits Times
reported that the owner of a limited edition Ferrari sent his car to the authorised agent for servicing, but got back a badly smashed ride. Businessman Lim Chin Liang is now suing Ital Auto for an unspecified sum, claiming that his second hand Ferrari 430 Scuderia - apparently one of only eight in Singapore - was damaged beyond repair.

According to Ital Auto, the car was travelling at 68km/h on a straight path when it skidded
He sent his car for servicing on 15th March. Two days later, Ital's quality tester took the car out for a post-servicing test drive, and lost control of it on a wet road.

Asked why he was suing, the 33-year old, who buys and sells high-end cars, said Ital 'refused to settle', 'never apologised' and was dragging its feet by asking him how much he paid for the car and what its open market value was.

"I'm surprised that as an authorised agent, it does not have this information," he said in a phone interview.

Mr. Lim would not say how much he paid for the car but the local paper understood that he had acquired the second hand car with financing from credit company Kenso Leasing. Kenso director Anthony Lim said the car was 'three to four years old', and was transacted at 'around $500,000-plus'.

In its defence statement filed by Selvam LLC, Ital denied that the car was damaged beyond repair. It also denied that the company's driver had failed to exercise care and skill.

It also claimed that the test driver had never had a previous accident while doing his job - one that he has held for 19 years. In fact, it denied 'each and every allegation' laid out in Mr. Lim's suit. Mr. Lim's lawyer will now have two weeks to respond to the defence statement.

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