A couple have been left with a hefty bill after their toddler daughter scratched pics in the paintwork of 10 brand-new Audi cars in one go while visiting a posh car dealership.
Mr Zhao and his wife, from the city of Guilin in China’s southern Guangxi region, had accompanied their friend to the dealership and brought along their three-year-old.
The shocked parents later discovered that their tot had taken a stone and drawn into the paint of 10 new cars, including an Audi Q8 valued at nearly 1 million RMB (107,860 GBP), during the visit on 24th November.
According to Lingui People’s Court, the dealership sued Mr Zhao for an initial sum of 200,000 RMB (21,570 GBP), saying the figure was an estimate and could increase based on further evaluation of the damage done.
The business argued that the vehicles could not be sold as new cars once they had repainted them.
If they did so, they could be sued for false advertising and be made to compensate three times the purchase price if found guilty of the offence.
The cars could therefore only be sold as used vehicles at significant markdowns, the dealership explained.
The court said in a statement on 3rd December that Mr Zhao had rejected the 200,000 RMB demand but in the end reached a settlement of 70,000 RMB (7,550 GBP).
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