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Car Repair Didn't Go So Well? Smash Your Luxury Ride to Smithereens

This is apparently how some Chinese drivers handle this frustration.


You know how, sometimes, you'll bring your luxury car to the dealer and they over-charge you for the brakes without really fixing the problem in the first place? Of course you do.

Most people deal with this by grumbling to their friends, perhaps taking to Twitter. But if you're in Qingdao, China, you may handle your rage by smashing your six-month-old Lambourghini in front of the International Building Material and Lamp Mall, solely as a physical manifestation of your displeasure.

Luxury car smashing is apparently something of a trend in China. Below, scenes of road rage:

Chinese owner Wang Sheng and a friend smash his Mercedes Benz SLK230 cabriolet in Wuhan city, capital of Hubei province in 2001 in protest of what he said was poor service and maintenance problems. Wang smashed his car to publicize his complaints. (Reuters)
An onlooker, with the permission of the owner, stands on a smashed Lamborghini Gallardo car outside a construction material market in Qingdao, Shandong province in 2011. The second-hand vehicle, owned by the operator of the construction material market, suffered engine problems one month after it was bought. And after several disputes with the auto company about maintenance issues, the owner decided to hire some workers to smash the 1,900,000 yuan ($289,123) car in protest, local media reported. (Reuters)


Men smash a Maserati with hammers outside the Qingdao International Automobile Exhibition in Qingdao, Shandong province. (Reuters)

About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.