Seeking Bond: Richmond owner of James Bond-style car ordered to pay almost $400,000

Richmond, British Columbia — The owner of a crashed $200,000 James Bond-style car has been ordered to pay nearly double the cost of the destroyed vehicle after trying to sue a dealership and auto bodyshop, reported Richmond News. 

Richmond News reported in 2017 how resident Jessica Liu lost control of her silver, 2014 DB9 Century Skyfall Aston Martin and collided with a rock in December 2015. Liu hasn’t had possession of the sportscar since the accident and has since endured a three-year legal battle.

She only had basic insurance and refused to pay the repair bill which ranged between $85,000 and $135,000. She claimed in a 2018 lawsuit that she was taken advantage of, due to her lack of English skills and perception of wealth, and that there was a breach of contract and collusion between Vancouver-based dealership, MCL Motor Car and auto shop, Burrard Autostrasse.

Liu asked the court to award her personal “pain and suffering” damages worth $300,000, as well as a brand new Aston Martin. 

However, in a decision released last Friday at the BC Supreme Court, Madam Justice Nitya Iyer dismissed Liu’s claim and ruled in favour Burrard Autostrasse which, along with the dealership, denied all of Liu’s allegations.

In the ruling, Iyer ordered Liu to settle the “unpaid cost of the repairs, which is $85,545.89, plus pre-judgement interest of $4,078.61 on that amount.”

She further told Liu to pay indoor storage fees at the rate of $400/day, which date back to May 5, 2017, bringing the total owed by Liu to $328,930.50.

Iyer also ordered the Aston Martin owner to pay some of Burrard’s legal costs.

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