$93k payout for Maserati driver after paint damage

The driver had swerved to avoid hitting a dog, causing the lid on the tin of paint inside the car to dislodge and splash its contents all over the car's interior.
The driver had swerved to avoid hitting a dog, causing the lid on the tin of paint inside the car to dislodge and splash its contents all over the car's interior.PHOTO: ROYAL AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S OFFICIAL FACEBOOK

A MASERATI driver managed to win one of South Australia's most expensive insurance claims after a tin of white paint splashed the inside of his luxury car.

The driver had swerved to avoid hitting a dog, covering the leather interior liberally with white paint, reported ABC news.

RAA Insurance claims manager Hayley Cain said the lid dislodged from the tin while it was sitting in the back seat of the car.

"As the tin flew around the car like a mini tornado, the leather interior and windscreen were liberally splashed with a thick coat of white paint," she added.

Ms Cain said that while the driver was fine, "given the extent of damage to the interior, our insurance assessors declared it a write-off and we settled the claim for over A$90,000 (S$93,000)".

According to Ms Cain, the insurer deals with about 23,000 assessments annually for vehicle claims and there are always some unusual cases.

Other cases she cited to ABC included a Mercedes which had a coat hanger stuck in the convertible roof mechanism, as well as a parrot that had to be taken to the vet after eating a car's door trims.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2015, with the headline '$93k payout for Maserati driver after paint damage'. Print Edition | Subscribe