A British Columbia resident who crashed her car into a rock in December 2015, learned she wouldn’t be able to afford to fix it, and then sued the dealership and repair shop because she thought they needlessly hiked up the bill.
The car she crashed was a $200,000 2014 Aston Martin DB9.
It turns out Jessica Liu only had basic insurance that wouldn’t cover the $85,000 to $135,000 collision repair, so when she was handed the invoice, she took it to the courts and told them the dealer and repair shop should pay for it.
The lawsuit filed in 2018 claimed Vancouver dealer MCL Motor Cars and auto shop Burrard Autostrasse had taken advantage of Liu, her lack of English-speaking skills, and her perceived wealth to sell her the luxury vehicle.
After hiring and firing four different law firms, Liu decided to take on the task of representing herself in court.
She requested “pain and suffering” damages of $300,000 on top of a new Aston Martin, but the judge was not hearing it, dismissing the claim and ordering Liu to pay the counterclaim amount for the repairs $85,549, pre-judgement interest $4,078, some of Burrard’s legal fees, and storage fees of $400 a day dating back to May 5.
That brings her total bill up to over $328,930.50, plus the original cost of the car, taking the total payout to over $500,000.