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Offline TomE


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QANTAS valet staff negligently left a new $300,000 Aston Martin vulnerable to hungry rats that nibbled through its internal electronics system, a court has heard.

Adelaide liquidator Ian Lock said his luxury V8 Vantage Roadster sustained $9000 damage when rats chewed through the engine harness wiring.

After three months of silence from Qantas, Mr Lock has taken the company to the Adelaide Magistrates Court, seeking $9297 in compensation and court costs.

"I'm bemused, really, by the whole thing," Mr Lock told The Advertiser outside court.

"No one else conducting business would go about things this way. The only reason I brought the claim, after three months of asking Qantas whether they're accepting any responsibility for it, (is because) I haven't received any word in writing from them."

In his statement of claim, Mr Lock asserts he dropped his car off with the Qantas valet service at Adelaide Airport on August 16 last year. He claims that when he picked it up the next day, the car's dashboard displayed a message warning "emission system service required".

Mr Lock said the dealership, from which he bought the car two weeks earlier, told him there was damage to the wiring "in an inaccessible place" and "there were rat droppings behind the engine".

 
Ian Lock, who is suing Qantas after he found rats had chewed through his new Aston Martin's internal electronic wiring, pictured outside court. Picture: Greg Higgs
Magistrate Simon Milazzo yesterday said the alleged rats must have been "very aggressive" and adjourned the case until next month.

Outside court, Mr Lock said it made no "business or commercial sense" for Qantas to reject his claim.

He said he had been a Platinum One Frequent Flyer with Qantas before the incident but now chose to fly Virgin.

"I'm a court officer and I rely on my reputation for honesty and integrity for what I do," he said. "This is the first claim I have ever run on my own behalf."

A Qantas spokesman told The Advertiser Mr Lock's frustration was understandable but his claim would be opposed in court.

"We've investigated this thoroughly and there's nothing to suggest it happened while it was parked with us," he said.

"We had an independent pest control expert do a thorough investigation and they found no evidence of rats in the area.

"We've never had an issue like this out of the thousands of cars that use our valet service every year."

"There's too many self-Indulgent wieners in this city with too much bloody money! Now, if I was driving a 1967 275 GTB four-cam... "



Offline mhh

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Why on earth would you sue Qantas for 9 measly grand? Even if their rats chose your car that day - despite it never having occurred before. :doh:



Offline amgsl55

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some people have nothing better to do with their time



Offline dkabab

Does the airport have a common rat problem? Who's to say it hadn't occurred elsewhere



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Offline Cuso


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  • Location: Canberra
He'd only had the car two weeks and the one night he leaves it elsewhere its their problem, sounds dodgy to me.

Is he known on here, has SA plates.



Offline amgsl55

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Seems suss, especially after one day.

especially when the article states "We had an independent pest control expert do a thorough investigation and they found no evidence of rats in the area."

If there were rats you will see rat droppings

I once had electrical cables on my whipper snipper chewed through by rats when I was at mums place -  so it does happen.

but in this case -  hmmmm  :scratchchin:



Offline Cuso


  • Joined: Oct 2008

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I once had electrical cables on my whipper snipper chewed through by rats when I was at mums place -  so it does happen.

Was it there just overnight?



Offline amgsl55

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Was it there just overnight?

wouldnt know, but highly unlikely

As i was relaying the article to my partner she told me one of her friends car just stopped in the middle of traffic because their pet rabbit chewed through some cables -  apparently the rabbit liked being under the car when it was warm

again overnight????

As the judge said
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the alleged rats must have been "very aggressive"



Offline TomE


  • Joined: Aug 2010

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Pre delivery issue that showed up down the track? Rats during shipping, Dealership just passing the buck?

"There's too many self-Indulgent wieners in this city with too much bloody money! Now, if I was driving a 1967 275 GTB four-cam... "



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