• May 25, 2010
A Gainesville, Florida Nissan dealership received a most unpleasant surprise Monday morning as the dealer's showroom floor became engulfed in smoke, with some flames centered in one very unfortunate area. Now we're guessing here, but we would think that if the dealer could save any one vehicle from the fire, they'd pick the nearly $90,000 silver GT-R. Too bad they apparently didn't have time to make the decision.

The Gainesville Sun reports that the GT-R was engulfed in flames when police and fire arrived at the dealership a little while after it closed, burning up much of the vehicle's exterior. The last person to exit the building was the security guard, who did a quick check of the showroom and locked up. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they had to bust down a door to enter the building, and when they got inside, the GT-R was being served flambé-style.

Firefighters don't know exactly how or why the GT-R burst into flames. Reports suggest that there was a light that dropped to the ground, and that light could have started the fire, or it could have dropped as a result of the fire. We don't have any idea what happened to the GT-R, or whether or not it was even driven that day, but you can head over to Gainesville.com for more details and to see a picture of the carnage. Thanks for the tip, Justin!

[Source: Gainesville Sun]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This pisses me off. You want to light you 90K GTR on fire to collect the insurance, I got no problem with that. F.. The insurance companies too. But don't get your $5 per hour security guard blamed for this crap. Light it up when the guy is on break for chrissakes!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, way to spout the insurance company line. Insurance companies are the biggest thieves in our society. For ever 1% of additional risk they take, they raise your rates by 1.7% (or so). Why? Because they can. These companies bigger blood sucking leeches than credit card companies and low income mortgage brokers. Worse, they have the government out there mandating you give them money.

        You have the wrong cause and effect my friend. My attitude is not causing insurance rates to rise. Insurance rates are causing my attitude.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hate insurance companies. I really do. However...

        In many states they are heavily regulated. For every dollar they take in, they must pay out a certain percentage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your attitude toward screwing the insurance companies = the reason why I pay so much for insurance.
        It's called fraud and it's driving rates for non-criminals' insurance through the roof.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree with GT40Fan. Also, where did they blame the security guard? Being the last person to see the car, his/her observations are relevant. Don't read too much into it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I smell arson.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The real question is why there was a GT-R on the showroom floor in the first place. Aren't these cars sold months in advance with waiting lists?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Nissan dealership where I got my Versa has had the same two GTRs sitting in the showroom for over a year. Both are 2009MY.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If not for lights, maybe it was test driven earlier in the day and something in the exhaust got hot and eventually triggered a fire?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very weird. If I had to guess, I'd say it was a electrical fault in the car, like in the power distribution box or fuse panel. I wouldn't be surprised if this led to a recall.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nothing in the article indicates that the GT-R was the source of the fire. The article merely states that a GT-R was burned in a fire in a showroom. The fire investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Many dealerships use chargers on showroom cars. These keep the batteries juiced without running the car. It's possible that a failure in a device like that would cause a fire. Wish there were more pictures to evaluate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those Gators are so careless. What a waste.
      • 4 Years Ago
      U like italian supercasr every 2nd car burns down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ahhahaahahah
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's so fake. Obviously a photoshop.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gruv, calling you Captain Obvious would destroy the reputation of Mr. Obvious himself.
      1bdrex
      • 4 Years Ago
      i got pics of the car. they actually sent it to Daytona Nissan and thats where i saw it and took pics of it. looks like the fire started in the compartment where the brake booster is and went in the car. i work at a nissan store in Tampa and was sent to daytona on a trade, and btw the gtr in our showroom has a full tank and the battery connected.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they polished the car too much and excess flammable coating caught fire on a) too hot halogen lamp at dealer, b)spark from an electric battery charger, c) vandalism by disgruntled employee or d) blame George Bush.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Display car fuel is usually drained and the battery disconnected. Smoking is banned in most buildings. Wonder if somebody dropped a butt in the car interior. Does the security guard smoke?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not only do batteries stay connected, but they often rotate trickle chargers amongst the showfloor cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've never seen the battery disconnected on the cars in the showroom. Nor have they been drained of gas. They were driven into the showroom and will be driven out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No dealership I worked in ever disconnected the battery or drained the gas. They wanted to make sure it was easy to shuffle the cars around or in and out in a hurry the moment the boss got it in his head. Also if that was the only car on the lot that had what the customer wanted we would shuffle it right out for them.

        A lot of dealerships did have fancy lighting to show off their car displays. Even more so these days. Quite a few of them even leave those lights on when the close for gawkers. A lot of those lights are high powered halogens that get really hot. No mystery here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That might be true of car show venues but not true of dealerships' showrooms. Batteries stay connected and cars are not drained of gas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A hot car.
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