The owner of an auto dealership who had one of his vehicles stolen from his lot may be on the hook for the damage costs to the vehicle.
Tianhua Wong, the owner of Civic Auto on Nairn Avenue, says MPI likely won’t cover the damages to the Infinity G-35 since there were no dealership plates on the car when it was taken. Wong says it was smashed up during a high-speed police chase.
Wong was approached by a man last Tuesday who wanted to take the sports car for a test drive. Wong agreed and gave the man the keys and then told him he would be right back with the dealership plates. When Wong returned with the plates, he said he saw the man speed out of the lot.
Wong feels he never had an opportunity to put the plates on and isn’t happy about MPI’s stance.
“It’s ridiculous because I tried to put it on, I saw the vehicle going and I followed him for a while and tried to put it on but I never had the chance,” Wong said.
Wong then waited about 20 minutes, thinking the man might return, before calling police. He then called MPI.
Roughly 12 hours later, Wong received a call from police who said they were towing the vehicle to a compound. Three of its tires had been destroyed by spike belts and the exterior of the vehicle was also damaged on both sides. Wong estimated the total damage is in the range of $9,000-$10,000.
Wong says he’s still unsure of who will cover the costs.
“Not sure yet because MPI said since the dealership plate was not on there, they’re not going to cover it,” Wong said. “I have seven insured d-plates, I just didn’t have a chance to put it on.”
Wong added that there have been other thefts in the area recently. He said his neighbour’s building was broken into earlier this week, and he’s also had tires stolen off cars in the past.