Repair Shop Worker Takes Customer’s BMW For A Joyride And Wrecks It… Which Is Totally Legal

It sounds too awful to be true, but it is: A man who brought in a BMW to a repair shop for some minor work ended up with a wrecked car instead, after an employee admitted to taking it out for a joyride and wrecking it. And apparently, that is totally legal.

The customer is out one vehicle after the incident, but it appears all he can do is sue the repair shop, reports WESH.com in Orlando. Police confirmed that the worker was driving the car and was involved in not one, but two accidents in the wee hours of January 8.

The car was towed by another company, whose owner called up the repair shop to see what the heck had happened.

“He proceeds to tell me that it wasn’t the owner but one of his employees that wrecked it,” the tow company owner said.

But unfortunately for the car’s owner, it’s not against the law for an employee to drive a customer’s car, the cops say. And the repair shop apparently told the owner “Not our problem.”

“They gave (their employee) permission to take my car across the state of Florida and total it and not give it back to me. And in the meantime, I’m out a $7,000 BMW, and they told me tough luck,” the customer says.

It’s not like he’s totally out of luck, with no recourse. He can sue the repair shop — and it’s to be hoped that it was a fully licensed and insured because that would likely cover the cost of the wrecked car. But until he sorts through all of that, which would take place in civil courts, the employee is just fine in the eyes of the law.

Which brings to mind this, of course:

Repair shop employee wrecked customer’s BMW on joyride, police say [WESH.com]

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  1. charmander says:

    Wait…..what’s totally legal? Taking someone’s car on a joyride, or wrecking someone’s car?

    • Xenotaku says:

      The driving it part. I think they need to clarify in the laws the difference between driving the car (which is obviously needed, they need to see how it runs to confirm the repairs were completed successfully) and any non-testing-related “joyrides”.

      Of course, given that this is Florida…

  2. Terryc says:

    In every state I am aware of it is legal for a authorized employee at a repair shop to drive the vehicle. Reason being many time they need to drive a unit to try to replicate the problem or complaint. You know the “it makes this noise when I do this” they will also do the same thing to enusre this type of problem is resolved. Is some cases it can be a probelm of it only does this when I’ve been driving for this amount of time complaint. In some cases it can also be a employee will drive it home and back to the shop the next morning. Again to confirm the problem is repaired or identify the problem. That said joyriding would be out of the question and I’m sure if was not approved by the shop foreman or owner.