The tangled web weaved when a tuner wrecks a Ford GT
Have you ever imagined what would happen if you ever got the opportunity to leave your car in the hands of an experienced tuner? Well, this American customer got this exact chance and the final product was even less than horrendously inappropriate. After having been turned down by many tuners unable to make the requested modifications to his Ford GT, Texas sports car tuner Ray Hofman was finally able to get a yes from Bill Knobloch over at Discovery Automotive in California.
After sending his classic Gulf baby blue and orange heritage liveried Ford to California to have these modifications made right before a Ford GT rally event, Hofman was later asked by Knobloch for a copy of his insurance car as he was about to take the car for a "get to know each other" drive. Later, Hofman received an email from Knobloch stating that he had been in a minor accident while he was "driving like a little old lady."
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Apparently, Knobloch was driving along the road when the car inexplicably lost control, spun in circles, and flew into a ravine, breaking down some trees in the process. After Knobloch was released from the hospital, where he had stayed for a few hours, he called Hofman and informed him of the accident, telling him that he hadn’t been able to get close enough to the car to assess the full damage. He continued, stating that from what he saw, the damage had been minor and that the tow truck probably caused more damage as the car was being pulled from the ravine.
When Hofman flew out to Los Angeles to assess the damage caused to his vehicle, he instantly realized that the GT had suffered far more damage than he had expected based on the conversation he had had with Knobloch. Upon visiting the street where the accident took place with the tow truck driver "in tow", Hofman noticed skid marks on the road that did not coincide with the account of the story as told by Knobloch. His suspicions were further confirmed when the tow truck driver described that stretch of highway as the local drag strip and the apparent driver as a "pilot."
Now the two men are at odds because Hofman feels Knobloch should pay for the accident since he is to blame for it and Knobloch feels that it was just that, an accident, and that he should not be held responsible for such an incident. Knobloch went on to tell Hofman that he would be more than happy to offer him a discount for any services provided by Discovery Automotive, but that he would not pay for the damage caused by the accident. As far as insurance is concerned, Knobloch doesn’t have a "garage keepers" insurance policy that would take care of the damages, but he did file a personal injury claim onto Hofman’s insurance.
Needless to say, this is a huge mess, and we are extremely happy that we just have to report it and not take part in figuring it all out. But we would like to hear what everyone thinks of the situation. Should Knobloch pay or is it the responsibility of Hofman’s insurance? Hit us up in the comments section below.