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QcE36 11-29-2010 06:44 PM

Lauzon destroys Lamborghini - The story so far -
Ok found this on montrealracing forum
Give this story some visibility,


As many of you know, I brought my Gallardo to Audi/Porsche Lauzon for a wheel alignment a little over 6 weeks ago.

They took the car for a "test drive". Witnesses described the speed (on St-Martin in Laval) as incredibly reckless with several redline upshifts (1st gear ends at 112kph, 2nd gear at around 150, and 3rd at about 180. Do the math).

Needless to say they spun it, went over the centre divide, took out a lamp post, and ended up sideways in oncoming traffic on the other side of the road. Between the car and the fallen pole, they managed to block 5 lanes on a busy intersection. Amazing that no other cars were hit. Damages so far are over $60k with shattered rims, snapped spindles, hubs, destroyed axles, bent shocks, control arms, steering, bumpers, entire underside of the car, oil leaks, etc.

Lauzon then proceeded to do.. well, not quite what you'd expect from someone who just wrecked your life savings + 2nd mortgage while you were waiting in the showroom. They wouldn't even provide a loaner. Then things only got uglier. They wouldn't let me have a closer look at my car in their lot, they wouldn't let me talk to their appraiser, their insurance wouldn't provide me with a rental (for the above reasons I had to claim it on my insurance to have any control over the situation), and when I went to see Michel Lauzon things just got nasty with them blowing off any liability for damages.

After I lawyered up, Lauzon requested I not talk to the media while they worked on a settlement. So I stopped commenting on forums, turned down the Gazette that called me, and didn't publicize the incident in any way. It's now been over 6 weeks and they've ignored every deadline. Every bit of correspondence from their lawyers basically either implied that they weren't liable or that my car was worth very little (Not sure how this excuses them, or how they reckon considering the car has been on display at 3 international car shows).

I'm now fed up and am not going to keep quiet about it anymore. I'm basically asking anyone in a position to pressure Lauzon to do so, anyone who is considering buying a Porsche/audi/vw to buy elsewhere, take your car for service elsewhere, and spread the word about how they treat their customers.

I've appealed once again to Porsche Cars Canada to mediate the dispute. I'm going to turn the heat up online, in the media, at the forthcoming Montreal auto show, etc.

Please let me know if you're in any position to help. Even just a reply to this thread with a word of support will show them that people DO care.

I've purchased several domains including:

These will go live at the end of this week with all the facts if the situation hasn't been resolved to my liking.

I want to give all you guys a big thanks for all the support and I'll be owing some rides when this is all settled.


P.S. I want to give huge props to Audi Prestige who will be handling the repairs. The people there have all been fantastic and supportive. They always make time for me whenever I pop in unannounced to check up on the car (which is quite often). If you're in the market, GO THERE!

Steve30 11-29-2010 07:39 PM

That's bullshit. If something like this happened to me I would demand a brand new replacement.

damameke 11-29-2010 08:26 PM

What happened to your lawyered up??

You should just sue and get those witness that saw the car speeding up St Martin,
dont waste time.. a good lawyer will get that settlement for you....

Sad that you cant even trust a brand dealership anymore..

pawcio 11-29-2010 08:54 PM


Originally Posted by damameke (Post 1467519)
Sad that you cant even trust a brand dealership anymore..

but the overseeing brand should try to keep up a good image, in this case VW group should pressure the dealership because there are more reputations on the line then just that particular dealership.

iverson03tj 11-29-2010 11:10 PM

I say he inform the media via tv,radio, newspaper And get a writen statement from witnesses.

JvzwetE36325 11-30-2010 10:02 AM

WOW, for real?! I would definitely release to public ^

simplycars 11-30-2010 11:51 AM

if he releases it to the public, he will lose in court and might get counter suit from the dealership - which they will win.

DANIMAL 11-30-2010 01:30 PM

^^^Sued for what with what? Libel? Nothing of this is hearsay. As long as he presents the info appropriately nothing he is doing is wrong. He gave the dealer a chance to fix it and the dealer even agreed to terms, which he later did not follow. I just dont see how any argument for Lauzon would hold up in Civil or Criminal court.

simplycars 11-30-2010 02:46 PM

if he loses initial court case - then dealership is cleared of fault and any action against them outside of the court that will damage their reputation can create base for a lawsuit by the dealer.

MarkD 11-30-2010 06:35 PM

Did anyone see this? *th-up*

JazzM 11-30-2010 11:08 PM

Why is this in the e36 section???

Anyways, looks like the public pressure is on the verge of paying off for him. Best of luck,


cdmbmw 12-01-2010 12:20 PM


maroli 12-01-2010 01:31 PM

Oh man, I'd be flipping out if someone banged up my Gallardo. You can't get them to write it off?

cisco911 12-01-2010 01:58 PM

if the car has that much damage, why is it being fixed. That sh*t should be written off. God knows what that car is gonna be like now. Imagine trying to sell it later on if buyer knows its been in a wreck like that. Value is going to be next to nothing!

radi0activem 12-01-2010 03:41 PM

My dad had a similar situation happen where a detailing company damaged his SUV and refused to pay or fix it because their sign said "we are not liable for any damages"

He took them to court and the judge said to the company owner "You don't have a leg to stand on because there is no legal contract".

The person or company that takes your vehicle into posession is 100% liable for anything that happens to it unless you sign something otherwise, but that would just be stupid.

Needless to say my dad got every penny for damages and the owner had to pay for all the court fees.

I'd like to say good luck, but you won't need it. You'll everything you want from them in the end.

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