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December 06, 2017, 07:43:45 PM
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I found this interesting.

Mercedes' parent company disassembled and stress-tested a rented Model X, leaving a German couple on the hook for damages.


http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a14106521/competitor-tore-apart-a-rented-tesla-to-learn-its-secrets/
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December 06, 2017, 08:21:23 PM
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I found this interesting.

Mercedes' parent company disassembled and stress-tested a rented Model X, leaving a German couple on the hook for damages.


http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a14106521/competitor-tore-apart-a-rented-tesla-to-learn-its-secrets/
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December 06, 2017, 08:33:43 PM
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That is what some websites are doing these days. Asking you to turn off any ad blockers that you are using. Some stop you from getting to their website unless you turn it off and others just ask if you would be so kind to turn your blocker off but if you don’t they still let you get into the site. I tried something like that here. Here is the thread I did announcing our Ad Blocker detection software. It is still installed but I have turned it off.

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Here is what their articles says...

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If you’re a car company trying to build a better car than your competitor, often you’ll want to pick up one of your competitor’s cars to see just how good they are. Maybe you'll just test it, or maybe you'll even disassemble in order to learn their secrets.

It seems like Mercedes’ parent company Daimler didn’t think this strategy all the way through. According to a report published in German magazine Der Spiegel, Daimler picked up a Tesla Model X to put through the paces. Only the Model X in question was rented, not bought, and the car's owners are left paying thousands of dollars in repair costs.

Bavarian couple Man­fred van Rins­um and Mo­ni­ka Kind­lein often rent out their three Teslas for extra income, using rental company Sixt. When Sixt reached out to them to rent their Model X to an unknown party for seven weeks, the couple didn’t think anything of it.

It was only after they got their car back heavily damaged that the couple started trying to figure out what happened. According to Der Spiegel, the car had been disassembled and screwed back together, as well as being put through several extreme tests, including heat and vibrations.

All together, an appraiser estimated that the Tesla sustained around $20,000 in damages thanks to Daimler. Van Rins­um wrote an invoice to the company for over $100,000, adding in expenses due to lost income while the car was being repaired and a fee for breaking the rental contract, which forbids testing and disassembly.

Daimler has said in a statement that “renting vehicles for comparison purposes is a common procedure in the automotive industry,” but refused to comment on this particular incident. Sixt stated that they’ve compensated van Rins­um and Kind­lein for the damages, but the couple says it's not enough and they don’t believe they’ll ever get all of their money back.

Source: Der Spiegel and Jalopnik
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December 06, 2017, 09:05:54 PM
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 That is pretty low to do in my book. Seems like they would just buy one.


December 07, 2017, 10:48:03 AM
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j f go

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That is pretty low to do in my book. Seems like they would just buy one.
Reminds me of "Buy on Friday, sell on Monday. Got to have something to race with on the weekend. I think that all happened when Hertz-Rent-A-Car put those Hertz Edition Shelby Mustangs out for rent. What a time that was. Lots of those came back with garden variety 289's and even 6 cylinder's. That must have been a headache. Those cars, if you could find an original, are worth a lot of money these days.

December 07, 2017, 11:17:08 AM
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Wow that interesting! I am sure the owners are pissed. And it is likely the car will never be the same.
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That is pretty low to do in my book. Seems like they would just buy one.
Agree. I am sure they could afford one and after finished dissecting it then sell it for whatever they can get after abusing it.


 



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