Watching your car burst into flames before your eyes is never good news, and it's even worse when you're mere moments away from trading it in at the local dealership. This Car-B-Q blaze apparently erupted at Acura 2000, a dealer in Brampton, Ontario. As the video tells us, the unlucky customer saw his 2004-2008 Acura TL trade-in suddenly catch fire and go up in resale-value-killing smoke.

According to the hyped-up cameraman (who evidently works next door at Northwest Lexus) and his eccentric play-by-play commentary, this Acura owner is about to be left without a ride home and might want to consider switching to a Lexus instead.

Scroll down to watch video of the drama unfolding as fire fighters put out the mysterious blaze before anyone – except the car – was harmed.

UPDATE: The owner of the 2008 Acura TL has contacted Autoblog to clarify the video above. Unlike what the narration suggests, he was not at the dealer to trade in his car. According to his email, he had brought in his car earlier for a power steering recall (to prevent a possible fire), and "...within 24 hours of the recall job being completed, the car burst into flames. It was caused by the power steering fluid leaking onto the catalytic converter."

The owner's tale of woe doesn't end there, however. He says that "Acura agrees that the mechanic had screwed up the job, and that is what caused the fire. However, both the Acura dealership and Honda Canada refuse to do anything about the situation. My insurance company was the one to compensate me."

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      • 2 Years Ago
      The moron Lexus sales man sounds like a total idiot. That's about the worst commentary I have ever heard. The broken English doesn't help either.
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is nothing trustworthy in how the cameraman sounds. Would never want to buy a car from this guy. Also...sort of makes you wonder why he was trading it in. I wonder if he knew something was up with the car and was looking to offload it.
        NPG MBR
        • 2 Years Ago
        I was wondering the same thing. Maybe he knew the car had issues and wanted to trade it knowing that the dealership would just fix it and pass on the cost to the next buyer.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Uhhhh- why does anyone trade in a car? Certainly at least to some portion, to make problems that will asise someone else's.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Annoying video commentary. I had to press the mute button
      • 2 Years Ago
      Heck, he'll probably do better from the insurance company, as most buyers get raped on their trades.
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      Guy sounds like my car salesman nightmare come true.
      • 2 Years Ago
      i can see the used car advert on tv now. [cue annoying used car salesman voice] "AAAAAAAND NEW TO OUR LOTS JUUUUUUST LAST NIGHT, A BEAUTIFUL ACURA TL!!! LOW MILES!!! CLEAN TITLE!!! HOT HOT HOT!!!! DON'T MISS OUT!!!"
      Eric F
      • 2 Years Ago
      "However, both the Acura dealership and Honda Canada refuse to do anything about the situation. My insurance company was the one to compensate me." AutoBlog should add in that insurance practice in Ontario is to receive compensation from your insurance company, the insurance company of which will sue the responsible party. Better system than lawyering up everyone, usually.
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a master tech with Acura for many years, I have performed hundreds of them damned power steering hose recalls. That car is a 07-08 Type-S model; one of the easiest ones to do the recall. The only thing I can surmise is he forgot to tighten the power steering pressure switch. It sits right next to the pre-cats and would be the most logical thing to cause a fire. Forgetting to tighten a pressure switch is one thing; not checking the line for leaks after the job is done is another. This looks like equal parts stupidity and laziness to me. If this tech was in my shop, fired, hands down (pun not intended).
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know it's just a vehicle fire but damn could the fire dept be any slower -_-
        • 2 Years Ago
        Well its a loss regardless so running around with all that gear on would not have helped and cars don't generally explode either.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The response time was a little slow, wasn't it....
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since it's a Type S, has to be 07 or 08.
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