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The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe destroyed during de... The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe destroyed during dealership employee's joyride (Camaro5).
When you turn over your car to a dealership or mechanic, you expect it to be taken care of. You certainly don't expect it to be completely destroyed.

But that's exactly what happened to John and Debbie Hooper after they took their 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe to First State Chevrolet in Georgetown, Del. for a paint issue in December, according to Autoblog. After the couple left and the vehicle was locked away for the weekend, an employee nabbed the keys took the 580-hp muscle car out of the service bay for a Ferris Bueller-esque joyride. Along the way, he lost control and wrapped the ZL1 around a utility pole. The Hoopers' insurance company totaled the car.

The Hoopers are now in limbo, waiting for insurance companies and lawyers to work out a deal after the couple rejected the dealership's offer of a replacement ZL1 with more miles and options they didn't want. The couple took to the enthusiast forum Camaro5 and aired their grievances. The result? Over forty pages of righteous indignation from fellow Camaro owners.

You can read more about the Hoopers' saga over at Camaro5. What would you do in this situation? Let us know in the comments.



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      hi newpatch1951
      • 1 Year Ago
      The owners have a bid gripe and the dealer doest have a leg to stand on. The dealer has some nerve trying to give them a used car with more miles on it.They should suck it up and just give them a brand new one and call it a day.
      rutch8
      • 1 Year Ago
      i had a mechanic do the same to a car i took him to repair a muffler. he didn't ever tell me i had to go back and he did fix it. i wasn't as bad as this car. it was years ago.
      megod
      • 1 Year Ago
      only kidding, i would get a lawyer and sue them for destruction of property as well as general motors who licenses the franchisee
      ulatula
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's called get a good lawyer, involve the local and state police authorities by pressing charges, call in the local TV cable channels, and get to the auto dealers insurance company. Get a few 16 by 20 inch posters of the car and start marching in front of the dealership. How fast can you say new, free porsche !!!!!
      Chuck
      • 1 Year Ago
      The dealership was totally responsible for the damage. It was at their establishment , their employee who did the unauthorized joyride , it should be the dealers total responsibility to give these people a brand new off the lot Camaro in similar dress, engine and trim. No upgrades other than a new year model. No-brainer. Keep the customer(hopefully) , fire the employee after putting the incident on a police report and that employees permanent driving record. Done deal.
      skyy1n
      • 1 Year Ago
      wreck my car ...buddy you better have a brand new vette waiting for me ...i would spend all it took to get it 2 !!!!**** dat !!!
      lsoxchance
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, I am so sorry for that car owner big time. I cant afford alot, but if I had a nice ride and someone did that to me, I would would want the same car, with the same miles in the same color and the same options. I work hard, and to see someone go threw this is just heartbreaking.
      IslesHocky
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sue!!!!
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      Give the Hoopers a new Camaro. Let the kid keep his job to pay off the car. It's the only way the dealership is going to look good. It would cheaper than any advertising.
      alfaautoclinic
      • 1 Year Ago
      It doesn't look like the damage is severe enough to warrant a total
      langleycdlkhrst
      • 1 Year Ago
      The dealership is insured and should do what ever it takes to make them happy/satisfied
      wclark3350
      • 1 Year Ago
      Friend of mine got a new Jag...went out with his wife to celebrate...tossed the keys to a valet....watched him total the car one flight up against the curved ramp wall.
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