SYDNEY – A $US265,000 Aston Martin vehicle stored as a parking owned by Australian airlines Qantas, became the target of hungry rats, chewing their way through the electronics system of the vehicle.
NDJ World | Published: Jan 08 2013 Travel
Cables, wires and other electronic components of the V8 Vantage Roadster where gnawed to bits by the rats, resulting in over $US9,000 in damage.
Ian Lock, owner of the luxury car, is suing Qantas, which reportedly did not respond to Lock’s inquiries for over 3 months.
“I am aggravated with the whole thing,” Lock said. “No other company would act like this. I am taking them to court. Not because they refused to answer my questions but because they are responsible for the damage.”
Lock had stored his vehicle at a Qantas parking lot in Adelaide on August 16th. When he returned a few days later his car’s dashboard readout registered a ‘fault’. Lock’s mechanic traced the problem to a none-accessible compartment in the engine, where he found rat excrement.
“I have always been a man of integrity and honesty,” says Lock. “I am a good client of Qantas and this is the first time ever I filed a complaint.”
But Qantas states that nothing proves that the damage to the vehicle happened while it was stored on their property. “An independent expert found no traces of rats where the car was parked,” a spokesperson for the airlines said.
“We have never had such a complain from any of our customers who each year store their cars with us by the thousands,” said the spokesperson.
The case is going in front of judge on Thursday.
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