"Looking for a company you can trust? Look no further!" says the boldface type on Top Gear Autoworks' website, an automotive service, repair and storage shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Not a very wise move, say the local authorities, after recently arresting David Juntunen, the 40-year-old male owner of the shop, and charging him with insurance fraud after an unauthorized – and destructive – late-night joyride in a customer's Lamborghini.

According to the official report, in late 2011 a customer entrusted Top Gear Autoworks to store a 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo through winter. Believing the car was tucked safely away for the next several months, probably sucking on a trickle charger, the owner suspended its collision insurance.

Everything seemed fine until March 9, 2012. That was when the State alleges that Juntunen and Pamela Dupont (a 41-year-old lady friend) plowed the Italian exotic into a few trees and a couple light poles at 2:00 AM. Instead of calling the cops to investigate, the two brought the vehicle back to the shop and Juntunen filed his own insurance claim for the repairs (the damage estimate was $82,480 for the car and $10,000 for destroyed property) saying the vehicle was simply being moved between his facilities. The insurance company, after doing a bit of investigation and learning that a Lamborghini had been witnessed driving at a high rate of speed in the area by two different observers (including a police officer), denied the claim.

But there is always more to these stories. In a post-crash conversation, Juntunen told the owner of the Lamborghini that his earlier statements to the police constitute insurance fraud and he mentioned that Dupont wasn't behind the wheel. Most damning, however, was the discovery that he has a criminal history including third-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree burglary, motor vehicle theft and multiple alcohol-related driving convictions meaning any vehicle he operated was required to have an ignition interlock. Ugh.


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      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would kick their asses. My thing is, joyride it and dont scratch my $hit. Dont put huge mileage on it. Make me think about it and second guess myself. When people wreck your personal property, not just your car, but anything that you have paid for with a great deal of money, saving and hard work. I find that to be the ultimate form of disrespect. I was brought up that if you touch something that is not yours, prepare for an ass kicking. Its not about the martial goods, its about the disrespect for someone else's $hit.
        hp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        We should hang people for stealing cars, just like we used to hang people stole horses. We let too much crap slide in today's society.
          Fermat1313
          • 1 Year Ago
          @hp
          Right, because your car is definitely worth more than someone's life.
          Tom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @hp
          Al Roker lets too much crap slide. Beating and hanging people is the answer to nothing. Here's a cheaper solution: Stick a GPS tracker in the stored vehicle so you'll immediately be notified if it's moved.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      We're never ever ever getting back together...
      reattadudes
      • 1 Year Ago
      what kind of idiot would suspend his insurance (especially on a Lamborghini) just because he wasn't driving the car?
        Xedicon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @reattadudes
        I have a project vehicle that has "storage" insurance only on it...
        activex101
        • 1 Year Ago
        @reattadudes
        What kind of idiot would continue paying thousands of dollars per month to insure a car that is supposed to be sitting quietly in storage?
          latebloomer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @activex101
          Agree.. Just cause you have lots of money, does not mean you will spend it recklessly... If you aren't driving it, then no insurance needed..
        sfblog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @reattadudes
        He canceled the collision insurance, he's not an idiot. I do it to my cars in storage as well.. There is comprehensive and collision and since the car is stored and not going to be driven, comprehensive covers damage. You end up saving major $$$$ in a year. This is a perfect example of negitive autoblog reader comments who have no knowledge or experience and blurb out what they "think" is right.
      Donny Hoover
      • 1 Year Ago
      So he had to leave a key for the Lambo then? If I paid to store a car somewhere and they asked me for a key, I'd tell them to go f@&$ themselves.
        RWD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donny Hoover
        And if there's a fire at the storage facility? I guess you'd rather it just burn. If I'm leaving town, I always leave a key to my car with whoever I trusted enough to store/watch it. I think it would be foolish not to. This guy apparently just trusted the wrong company.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RWD
          If there's a fire, yes I'd rather it burn. The comprehensive coverage will take care of it. I was under the impression it is standard practice to avoid running into burning buildings to save material possessions.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donny Hoover
        They can't move it without the key. Have you ever used Valet parking? Even the car wash guys need your key.
          Cursethedawn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          For storage they can call me if they needed to move it. The whole point of storing a car is that is doesn't move. For classics every mile added to the odometer effects the value. Ultimately for me storage would be somewhere that allows me to look at it so I wouldn't have trusted any company in the first place.
        Cursethedawn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donny Hoover
        I don't know why you got all the dislikes to this comment. I totally agree. I'd keep my keys.
        jason32379
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donny Hoover
        Donny, if you could ever afford to own a car like this, would you really, truly care if it was damaged? That's what insurance and piles of cash are for. And, what Bernard said.
      md_stew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why downvote a person for suggesting you keep insurance on your car at all times???? Storage insurance is not expensive, and Hell if you can afford a Lambo I would think that Insurance couldnt be an issue for you!
      md_stew
      • 1 Year Ago
      So you get Downvoted for suggesting that a man who can afford a Lambo, should keep some sort of insurance on it, even when he is not driving it. Interesting group here???
        Firefly
        • 1 Year Ago
        @md_stew
        Would a double-amputee insure his legs? The car was supposed to be "STORED". What part of that just doesn't resonate with you?
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I can afford a Lambo I would buy a small warehouse to house my ride in. Have someone check up on it without having the keys, but can get them with a password to a small safe within the warehouse. I guess having alot of money you dont need much common sense.
        montegod7ss
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        "Hey bro, I checked on your car. Ya, it's gone. Dunno when it went missing, last time I was here was a week ago." Flawless plan you have there.
      md_stew
      • 1 Year Ago
      And why would you not keep Storage Insurance on the car??? You can\'t think that nothing could ever happen! Fires happen, Floods,etc....
      DC Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not that the joyrider is off the hook, but... Why would you buy a Lamborghini when you have no place to put it? That's like getting a dog and giving it to your cousin to take care of because you don't have a house or a yard. If you're dropping the coin for a Lambo get a eff'ing storage shed too dumbazz.
        Peter_G
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DC Mike
        Remember that photo of a guy with a Bentley parked next to his trailer home?
      Rashan Moore
      • 1 Year Ago
      No this is crazy I know this man I have had my car repair there. Cruising down the street one day when he rolled down his window asking me for the specs of my car and then told me that he repaired exotics and foreign cars. Lesson learned here is to have your exotic cars stored at your house or even your mother's
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rashan Moore
        Until dear old mother let's your irresponsible cousin have the key...
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      I LOVE this scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. That slow-mo of them jumping the GT250? Brilliant.
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      I knew you were gonna come up with Ferris Bueller. lol
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