How would you handle the news that your car that you just saw a few hours ago was now totaled thanks to an incompetent shop?
Youtuber, Car Instagrammer, and all around Hoonigan Chris Harikian just lived out a car guy’s worst nightmare when he learned that his new project car, a Honda S2000, fell off a shop lift effectively totaling it. Being someone who lives on social media, Chris a.k.a. TheSuperCarSuspects, dropped a play by play of what happened on his Youtube and Instagram earlier today (Dec 12, 2018.) Something of this magnitude happening, you’d better believe he’d document it.
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Well as you all know by now, i took my new S2000 to get a simple Clutch job and got a phone call that the “Lift Failed” just to get there and see they misplaced the Mounts and dropped the car to this final position… The New video just went Live explaining everything and our first reactions to seeing the car? #RIP #S2000
The video is 10 minutes long and is pretty much a reaction video of sorts so I’ll save you all the boring details. Essentially what happened is that Chris brought in his car to get a new clutch installed. I’m going to assume he doesn’t have the time, energy, or patience to do the job himself so delegating the work to some other shop for a couple hundred dollars is worth his time.
What happens next is the last thing anyone getting work done on their car wants to hear, his car fell off the lift. Actually, the shop rang up his friend and according to him the shop said, “We had a little bit of an accident, your car fell off the lift” which I’m nominating as the understatement of the year.
The shop claims that the lift failed but as his cursory inspection around the lift shows, the lift shows no signs of failure, remained mostly intact and was presumably still functional, and shows all the tell-tale signs of an inexperienced mechanic who placed his Honda S2000 incorrectly on the lift. Ironically, the Honda S2000 is one of the most balanced cars ever made with a 50:50 weight distribution.
The rest of the video is Chris walking around his totaled Honda S2000, taking photos and video as evidence. Also, his friends stop by to commiserate.
Chris was kind enough not to mention the shop’s name in the video but some keen-eyed fans of his identified the shop as Honcura Honda and Acura Specialist based out of Glendale, California. With a name like that, you’d expect them to be experts at putting S2000’s on lifts, but here we are.
No word on what’s going to happen with this situation as it literally happened a few hours ago but most likely this shop’s insurance will hand Chris a fat check to replace his Honda S2000.
Also, this might but probably won’t scare Chris into maybe wrenching on his own cars instead.
Source: Chris Harikian