Rare Ferrari comes back smashed after servicing by agent

The Ferrari F430 Scuderia is apparently one of only eight here. Owner Lim Chin Liang is suing Ital Auto for an unspecified sum. -- PHOTO: LIM CHIN LIANG
The Ferrari F430 Scuderia is apparently one of only eight here. Owner Lim Chin Liang is suing Ital Auto for an unspecified sum. -- PHOTO: LIM CHIN LIANG

Owner suing Ital Auto, claims car was damaged beyond repair

THE owner of a limited edition Ferrari sent his car to the authorised agent for servicing, but got back a badly smashed ride.

Businessman Lim Chin Liang is now suing Ital Auto for an unspecified sum, claiming that his second-hand Ferrari F430 Scuderia - apparently one of only eight in Singapore - was damaged beyond repair.

He sent his car for servicing on March 15.

Two days later, Ital's quality tester took the car out for a post-servicing test-drive, and lost control of it on a wet road.

On March 26, Mr Lim filed the suit through law firm Parwani & Co.

Asked why he was suing, the 33-year-old, who buys and sells high-end cars, said Ital "refused to settle", "never apologised" and was dragging its feet by asking him how much he paid for the car and what its open market value was.

"I'm surprised that as an authorised agent, it does not have this information," he said in a phone interview.

Mr Lim would not say how much he paid for the car.

The Straits Times understands though, that he had acquired the second-hand car with financing from credit company Kenso Leasing.

Kenso director Anthony Lim said the car was "three to four years old", and was transacted at "around $500,000-plus".

Ital, owned by hotelier Ong Beng Seng, secured the Ferrari franchise in 2009. The Scuderia was sold before its tenure.

When contacted, a company spokesman said it preferred not to comment as the case is now with lawyers.

In its defence statement filed by Selvam LLC, Ital denied that the car was damaged beyond repair.

It also denied that the company's driver had failed to exercise care and skill.

The car was travelling at 68kmh on a straight path when it skidded, it added.

It also claimed that the test-driver had never had a previous accident while doing his job - one that he has held for 19 years.

In fact, it denied "each and every allegation" laid out in Mr Lim's suit.

Mr Lim's lawyer will now have two weeks to respond to the defence statement.

christan@sph.com.sg