BMW
dealers in South Africa put Dog The Bounty Hunter to shame – they've got support from Airwolf.

According to IOL Motoring, when a dealer's attempts to get back a BMW 325 loaner car were rebuffed by a customer, Ravindra Jainarain, the dealer took matters into his own hands. He hired an armed team of professional repo men complete with helicopter backup. The group stormed the customer's place of work in Durban, South Africa, guns drawn, demanding he surrender the keys to the loaner car as a Netstar helicopter hovered overhead.

The man quickly handed over the keys and then called his lawyer.

A judge ruled almost as quickly that the dealer had to give the car back to the customer, who was waiting to hear if his 320d would be replaced (as requested) or fixed because of inoperable air conditioning. (He was appealing the first decision.) Both sides now have another 30 days to prepare their cases for court.

In the meantime, Airwolf will remain grounded.


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      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is certainly more to this than meets the eye. The BMW dealer isn't all wrong.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just replace the guy's air conditioner?
        Ian D.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        Jake One would think so, but then again, we're talking about a BMW. It could easily run up to $3000 to replace AC systems in some Luxury cars.. Add that to the fact that this dealer and the car owner probably had a contentious relationship at this stage in the game, which means the dealer wanted to show just how tough he can be by refusing to come to an agreement on the repairs. ...just a thought.
          Jake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ian D.
          Seems like a stupid way to run a business. Look like a jerk to everyone, piss off customers. I have seen businesses do this and I am just floored. How do you expect to stay in business pissing people off?
      Joe Goulet
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just love the Airwolf reference!
      Joyce
      • 2 Years Ago
      This didn't make sense until well down in the story. Anyone who has had repair dealings with a dealership will sympathise with the customer. BMW wanted their loaner back and they STILLL HAD the customer's car in to be repaired. Way to go judge.....you called it right.
        snowmonger
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joyce
        Joyce, if the Air Conditioning in your house breaks, do you ask the builder to make you a new house ?? get real the A/C broke in this guys car and he wanted a new car.
      brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      A bit more detail here - The guy has had the loaner since March: http://www.ghanamma.com/2012/07/dealer-driver-battle-over-bmw/
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's put it this way...if NetStar was in the US they would drive LoJack out of business. It's not just that they recover your vehicle..they also get the perp if possible. If they have to shoot him, that's ok too.
      Jim Arnold
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a Huey from Vietnam if someone would like to rent it. I have machine guns in both bays and you can throw beligerants out the side doors if you need to.
      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Picture of Airwolf wins the internet today.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      They really need to do that here
      ijumpovercars
      • 2 Years Ago
      Annnnndd you better believe I'll be that guy working at the dealership who cried Airwolf for selfish reasons...or was it self-righteous? Doesn't matter; one thing off bucket list.
      EyeTweaks
      • 2 Years Ago
      Coming to a dealer ship in america near you. Since now states have state run subs, speed boats, armor weapons and nuclears we will start to see small companies arm themselves and start this type of vigiliant justice.
      • 2 Years Ago
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