Dealership Employee Totals Camaro ZL1 During Joyride

Owners now in pitched legal battle

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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