We got a little bit of drama happening to one of our Corvette brothers in the Netherlands. CF Forum Member Twin_Turbo had dropped his C6 Corvette off at the Koenen automotive dealership for the roof recall and then received a call that the car had been involved in an accident. While we’ve heard the story before of service technicians joyriding in customer cars, this Corvette crash was caused by none other than the owner of the dealership himself.
As the owner of the Corvette tells the story, the dealer was taking the car over to the shop where the new roof was. Doing 50 Kmh (30 mph), the driver hit 2 trees, a ditch and a truck which caused a massive amount of damage to the Corvette.
From what we can understand via google translate, insurance will cover only the current value of the Corvette and the dealer basically was looking to make money by offering a new Corvette which would have cost the owner $80,000 USD. We learned that the Netherlands don’t have the same kind of legal protections that we enjoy here in the States and so the owner of the Corvette took to the forums to bring attention to the accident and the dealer’s liability.
After posting on the forum and several other European automotive handouts, the dealer’s website was shut down due to all the attention and then the Corvette’s owner posted that he and the dealership had come to an agreement to replace the Corvette, although no details were given.
Now the dealer not only has to deal with the bad reputation due to an accident they caused, but the long-term effects from such an incident that’s now posted all over the web will be haunting Koenen for years.