We won't say it's human nature to cheat, but humans and cheating go together often enough to make us consider it.

In another example of trying to make crime pay, Castilla y León television captured an auto shop in Spain that it says was intentionally damaging cars in order to get insurance money. The shop reportedly drove cars into walls, into lifts and even into other cars after the business was closed for the day. The fraud apparently benefits the shop because the more pieces it has to put back together, the more profit it earns per item. We're just glad a disgruntled employee who was fired and wanted revenge decided to tip the authorities, and for that we thank him.

The Spanish-language video is after the jump, and it includes sacrificial Audi, Renault, Mercedes-Benz and SEAT autos, among others. It ain't pretty.



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      leon_c
      • 3 Years Ago
      A rough translation of the video: The owners of the vehicles consented to the shop workers to damage their vehicles, which happened after business hours. The funny part is that an employee recorded these images, upon which the shop found out and fired him. Out of spite, the fired employee released these images to the insurance companies. The proprietors and employees of the business have been released with charges.
      CJ Modiano
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm an auto damage adjuster for GEICO, and let me tell you, you don't need to go to all the way to Spain to see this happen. This occurs on large and small scales all day every day.
      leavesbound
      • 3 Years Ago
      This shop may not be in the U.S. but there are plenty of shops in the U.S. that do this sort of thing. I caught a mechanic punching holes in my brake line a couple of years ago and had him arrested not just for sabotaging my vehicle but for attempted murder. He swore he didn't do it even though I watched him from my seat in the waiting room. He thought I was too stupid to notice what he was doing. So I called the police. The awl in his shirt pocket fit the holes in the brake line perfectly and there was brake fluid on it and in his shirt pocket. After going through his records the police found that nearly half his customers had to have brake line repairs for leaking brake lines. So this doesn't just happen in other countries.
        jaded13640
        • 3 Years Ago
        @leavesbound
        My situation wasn't to do with a body shop, it was the repair shop. I took it to a shop I knew well and the guy got a code saying it was an oxygen sensor. He replaced it, the code came back. He said, "it's the computer, but I'm sorry I don't do computers here, you'll have to have the dealership do it." My first thought was "oh ****". I get there, I tell them it needs a computer, they repair guy in pilot point texas changed the o2 sensor and the same code came right back on. Don't just replace the sensor, the code will just come back on. So, of course, they change the sensor(s), both! and guess what, the code came right back. Then they came up with more bullshit about it needing a catalic converter. I had read a code about that once before so I went along. I wasn't 5 miles away from the exhaust shop before the check engine light was on. I'm furious at this point and it was vere fortunate that the service writer was a woman in her late 50s or so. 1250 dollars later they call and say, "it needs a computer." "I said no **** shrlock, that's what I said in the first place. so, all the stuff you convinced me to purchase that the computer, faulty one, said was wrong you'll be refunding me for correct? Get this, the woman actually said "no, the computor was only have broken. The good part was what said you needed the parts." "I said, ok, maa'm, consider yourself very very lucky your a woman and in your 50s. Ripping me off for 1200 bucks would get a man a good sock to the nose....well...probably about 3 or 4 good socks to the nose." Of course this would have landed me in jail but at that point, I didn't care. She was extremely lucky she was a female in her 50s. Actually, even at that she was pretty lucky. Getting ripped off by anyone should result in a serious ass kicking, if so, that sort of thing woudln't happen so much. I said to the woman, "you'll just tell me anything won't you?" The part I told you to change, you ignored me, did exactly what I told you not to and 1200 bucks later you tell me I need a computer for 850 dollars. In addition to the 1200 bucks of course. Oh well, if only it had been a guy in his 30s...**** happens LOL
          The-O-Door
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jaded13640
          Don't ya'll folks just love it when they talk so tough and threaten to whup up on somebody and say bullshit and ass and sock 'em in the nose and don't you just love it. So brave, so tough. Probably think they is a redneck or rednek. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, exciting! Say some more.
        Miguel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @leavesbound
        Your action was the best response!!! These crooks needed to learn that they can't get away with their crimes!!!!!
        Miguel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @leavesbound
        Your action was the best response!!! These crooks needed to learn that they can't get away with their crimes!!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      ChrisDPrice
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually... Kind of reminds me of those zoo videos where the animals are scratching themselves on various large objects.
      dbperformanceoil
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is crazy ridiculous! People will do anything for money except for an honest days work!
      Sekinu2
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't get it? Do the insurance companies there not document the damage before it goes toa shop?? Are they really that stupid in that country? If you have a deneted hood and the bill for a front end replacement and bent fram with damaged door comes back is it not something youd look into???
        dbperformanceoil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sekinu2
        I was wondering that too. Surely you know what was damaged before the car went into the shop.
        Miguel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sekinu2
        That's why you need to take photos of the damages in order to avoid "extra" charges and not caused by accidents repairs. Insurance companies don't train their adjusters well enough to check and see that the cars get the repairs needed and not the ones made at the shop.
      destin023
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they did this on a regular basis, blame it on the adjuster. A seasoned adjuster would be able to detect some of the paint chips left behind (bright blues) on the quarter panels of the damaged car. Sooner or later he'd ask questions the body shop couldn't answer, game's up. On the other hand, it he doesn't care, we have a debacle just like in the banking crisis...
      creginalan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bad things don't just happen out of the country! I live in Florida and I took my car to a shop that I was told was owned by a retired police officer so I thought they'e be honest. But the shop had been sold and the new ownership kept the picture of the policeman in the lobby to give customers a false sense of security. I went in for what I thought was a fuse problem and was told I needed an electrical control box that with labor would cost $386 for the job. I called my credit card company and found I had barely that much credit left so authorized the repair based on that quote. When they were done, he told me it was going to be $579! I told him that was way more than what was quoted and I wouldn't pay more than quoted. He rudely agreed that there is a law governing quotes in FL and seemed surprised a woman knew this. When I got my car back the radio/clock (which had worked FINE before, was disconnected and so was my alarm system. When I complained he said "these things happen" and he wasn't responsible but he would fix them for another $200! I remined him that I knew the alarm system was working because his people had set it off a couple of times (I heard it from the lobby and tried to go back to show them how to turn it off with the control box on my key chain but they refused to let me go back "for insurance" purposes!) Since I didn't have the $200 to give, I have had to live with a silent car (the tape deck was through the radio so didn't work either) and a silent alarm (just the noise is disconnected-electric locks still work with control). I HAVE TOLD EVERYONE I KNOW NOT TO DO BUSINESS WITH THESE CROOKS!
      Shane Gardner
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have seen it personaly, someone gets into an accident with very little damage. Brings it too a buddy's shop. And they wreck whatever they want the insurance company to pay for.
      John-Paul
      • 3 Years Ago
      It will be fine in the long term, they are smashing the cars into the same lifts they probably work underneath.
      GARY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't kid yourself......if you think that this type of insurance fraud practice doesn't go on every day in America, along with personal injury staged auto accidents where MD's, chiropractors etc are involved.....you are one naive fool........it happens every single day in America......why do you think your auto insurance premiums are always rising. I have seen it and testified in court on all of it. It is a rampant problem that knows no geographical boundaries.
        seattlewkr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GARY
        Why are insurance premiums rising? Greed, that's why. Every year insurance companies make RECORD PROFITS. Don't kid yourself.
          bigf963939
          • 3 Years Ago
          @seattlewkr
          The Stock market?? What planet are you from? Insurance companies are raking it in off of premiums.
          Majarvis
          • 3 Years Ago
          @seattlewkr
          The "record profits" you cite insurance companies making are not from revenue earned through premiums. Insurance companies invest money in the stock market, and make the majority of their profits through that. It is very rare that they actually make "record profits" from pure premium revenue alone, considering what they have to pay out for claims (particularly property losses with the increase in catastrophic weather in recent years). At least that is how Canadian insurance companies make their profits. If the U.S. insurance companies are anything like U.S. banks, I'd be worried.
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