When you hear that a Maserati has been written off, you tend to think of a smashed up car, possibly caused by the driver going far too fast.
That might be the first image to pop into your head, but in this case, the reason for the write off is a little bit more unlikely.
A tin of white paint was the reason for the car being deemed no longer fit for purpose, and while it sounds strange, after you see the pictures, you begin to understand why.
Australia’s RAA Insurance claims manager, Hayley Cain, claimed that it was not a deliberate insurance job, and a payout had been made:
As the tin flew around the car like a mini tornado, the leather interior and windscreen were liberally splashed with a thick coat of white paint.
Fortunately the driver was fine, but given the extent of damage to the interior, our insurance assessors declared it a write off and we settled the claim for over $90,000.
Truth can be stranger than fiction with flying paint tins, hungry rodents or destructive coat hangers but sometimes it’s the apparently straightforward claims that have experts smelling a rat.
Clearly having the money to afford a Maserati does not buy you the sense to put the lid on a tin of paint properly before driving.