What’s Up in the Forums: Shop Crashes Member’s 944 Turbo

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Rennlist forum member distraught after ‘joyriding mechanics’ wreck his beloved Porsche. But fellow forum members got his back.

It’s a nightmare scenario that, unfortunately, happens way too often these days. You take your beloved Porsche in for some maintenance, and the next thing you know, some joyriding mechanic wrecks it. It’s a scenario that British Rennlist forum member 944Addict is all too familiar with. He just needed an oil change and an MOT (Ministry of Transport) certification for his pristine 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo, but he got way more than he bargained for.

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As reported in a thread by 944Addict, after completing the oil change, he says the shop alleges to have contracted another company to complete the MOT. That’s when they claim a cyclist caused the driver to swerve out of the way and crash the Porsche into a curb. Both right wheels and tires suffered serious damage. Making matters worse, it looked like the 944 had been driven or towed back to the shop with one damaged wheel and one deflated spare. Ouch!


The shop did repair the damaged wheels within 24 hours, and replaced all four tires. But after inquiring about the safety of the repaired wheels, a heated exchange occurred that allegedly ended with some threatening comments from the shop’s manager. Adding insult to injury, 944Addict discovered that the incident had also thrown his alignment off severely. So, he headed to the forums for a little advice.

And he immediately got some excellent tips from AVI_8.

“You should have phoned the police, they’d have got to the bottom of the story, it’s illegal to fail to report an accident also to leave the scene of an accident.

“If I were you, I’d get my car to an alignment centre and get it re-aligned on all 4 corners…get it jacked up beforehand and see if anything is noticeably bent….Save any invoices for getting it fixed then go to your local court house and [find out] how to sue them for all of your costs, including your time spent in getting to the root of the problem, it’s all claimable.

“Try to look on the bright side, at least the guy didn’t crash your car into a truck. It’ll all be repairable.

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo

All in all some great advice, but what would you do if faced with the same disastrous scenario? Let us know, or drop some advice for 944Addict in the forums!

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts.

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