When you crash an Aston Martin, you just know it’s not going to be inexpensive.

As the story goes, Jessica Liu bought her 2014 Skyfall Silver DB9 from a Vancouver area dealer in 2015 for a reported $200,000, a veritable bargain here in Canada. Later that year, according to the Richmond News, Liu “inexplicably veered off the road and hit a large stone.”

To return the car back to roadworthy condition, the collision repair company determined that significant repairs were needed. Burrard Autostrasse, an Aston Martin certified repair shop in Vancouver, said that repairs would total $132,000.

Sure, that’s a big number, but considering the extensive repairs, it’s not a surprise. In her crash, Liu managed to destroy the front subframe assembly and at least one of the DB9’s front carbon ceramic brake rotors, among other precious Aston bits.

If you’ve seen the underside of an Aston Martin, you’ll appreciate that a $25,000 subframe isn’t out of line, as the DB9’s chassis is formed out of a number high tech aluminum extrusions.

Liu didn’t like Burrard Autostrasse’s price, so she sent her DB9 to another repair shop, claiming the subframe would cost $10,000. Given the performance envelope of the DB9, you probably don’t want to skimp when replacing the front subframe. Rightly, Aston Martin only sells the components to certified repair shops like Burrard Autostrasse, which is the only Aston certified shop in the province of British Columbia, Liu discovered.

At this point, Liu issued a stop work order to Burrard Autostrasse and has been accruing storage charges at $200 per day ever since.

Despite the fact that she crashed the car when she drove it off the road and into a rock, she thinks she deserves a refund from the dealer.

“I don’t even want the car back anymore; I want a refund (from the dealer),” Liu told Richmond News by e-mail. “I don’t think it’s safe to drive. I just drove it for two weeks; I don’t trust the car, I don’t trust the dealer and I don’t trust the autoshop’s invoices.”

Somehow we think the DB9 is innocent in all of this because, after all, DB9s are not intended to be crashed into rocks.

If you’d like a more uplifting Aston Martin DB9 experience, check out our video review here.




Image courtesy of Richmond News.

Published on Jan 11, 2017