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Published on February 15th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin

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Mercedes-AMG E43 Crashed Into Metal Pipe During Test Drive

It’s clear that ego got the best out of the driver of the AMG E43

Buying a car, whether new or used, should be a pleasant experience, especially if the car is the one that you have been eyeing for years. One of the more enjoyable steps of making the purchase is the test drive, which could decide whether the car fits you personally or worth the nine-year loan.

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Since test drives are usually done in a short period of time, things rarely go haywire but there are times when potential customers are given more time and freedom to get a better taste of the car. This is when things could go wrong and for this man, it did, in a very embarrassing fashion.

In case you missed it, there is a video making the rounds on social media showing how the incident went down from the front passenger’s point of view. The driver, presumably a potential customer, can be seen driving a Mercedes-AMG E43 on an empty stretch of road. We can’t see the speedometer to tell how fast he was going, but judging by the loud rumbling noise from the biturbo V6, we can safely say that the car was driven way over the speed limit.

Just a few seconds later, the driver tried to turn the steering wheel as he approached a left turn but due to too much speed, the car understeered and crashed into a big metal pipe. To be honest, if it wasn’t for the pipe, the car and the occupants would’ve been in a much worse place. As seen in the photos, the high-performance sedan suffered quite a substantial damage to the front bumper and the hood. It goes without saying that a massive repair bill is incoming.

This begs the question: who is responsible to pay for accidents during a test drive? According to asklegal.my, it all depends on how big the damage is. Scratches and dings are usually covered under fleet insurance, which is common for dealerships to have for their unregistered test drive vehicles. However, if the damage is serious, the driver will have to pay for the damages caused.

In this case, the E43 driver is clearly responsible for the crash, and like in any other accidents, he will be required to make a police report in within 24 hours in order for the dealership to claim their insurance. If he owns a car, the damages will be covered by his personal car insurance policy but if he doesn’t, he will have to fork out his own cash.

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