Businessman loses £140,000 in legal battle with Porsche

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A BUSINESSMAN whose Porsche 911 sports car turned into a £140,000 money pit is facing financial meltdown after losing a six-year legal battle.

Model shop owner Damian Markland bought the car in 2007 for £48,000 for the GT3 Mk1.

It was seven years old and had 26,000 miles on the clock, it had a service history of regular maintenance with both Porsche and specialist mechanics.

But he soon noticed it lacked power and there were problems with the hand-made engine.

The 34-year-old, from Goosnargh, near Preston, took it to the specialist Porsche Centre Bolton, run by Pendragon Sabre Ltd, in Manchester Road, Burnden.

The car was fitted with a new engine temperature sensor and a fresh set of tyres but still did not perform as he expected, and in November, 2007, a valve head broke and the engine needed a complete rebuild.

Mr Markland, who runs Speedy Models, in Garstang Road, Broughton, took it back to Pendragon Sabre complaining of a noisy exhaust, oil in the engine compartment and heavy steering.

Lord Justice Longmore told London’s Civil Appeal Court that in May, 2008, the car failed its MoT because its rear wheels were fitted the wrong way round.

Mr Markland took his car to a Porsche specialist in Oxford where faults were found, including that the throttle cable was not properly connected to the engine.

He took Pendragon Sabre to a county court, claiming the garage had let him down and failed to care for his car properly. He claimed more than £40,000 in damages but got a shock when a judge awarded him less than £1,000 in relation to the throttle cable after preferring the garage’s expert evidence.

As Pendragon Sabre had earlier offered Mr Markland more than that to settle his claim, he was ordered to pay the company’s £34,000 legal costs bills.

He said: “I’m going to have to sell the car to pay the court costs.

“My business could go under — I will have to sell my model shop and I will probably lose my home.”

He said he had also spent about £40,000 on repairs.

Porsche Centre Bolton did not respond to a request for a comment.

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11:29am Wed 7 Aug 13

boltonchap says...

It's just a car. Was it worth facing ruin for?
It's just a car. Was it worth facing ruin for? boltonchap
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11:37am Wed 7 Aug 13

you all chat nonsense says...

you know what to do now don't you Mr Markland ;) ... do what you do best boyo!!
you know what to do now don't you Mr Markland ;) ... do what you do best boyo!! you all chat nonsense
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Wed 7 Aug 13

Rememberscarborough says...

I wonder if this bloke's "principles" were as important as his business...
I wonder if this bloke's "principles" were as important as his business... Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 3

1:39pm Wed 7 Aug 13

Comment777 says...

The wheels on the car were fitted the wrong way round...I think they probably mean the tyre direction was incorrect ie directional tyres.

Pleasant, welcoming showrooms with a hint of glamour and a pretty receptionist greet you and convince you to buy over priced lumps of metal (yes I have owned one, but sold it before it killed me), when you have enjoyed your car for a time you decide to take it back to the shiny silver building from where it came only for your car to be worked on by a bunch of imbeciles who could not repair a vacuum cleaner properly never mind a motor vehicle...lack of care, thought or abilty...stealership
s never see my car!!!!!!
The wheels on the car were fitted the wrong way round...I think they probably mean the tyre direction was incorrect ie directional tyres. Pleasant, welcoming showrooms with a hint of glamour and a pretty receptionist greet you and convince you to buy over priced lumps of metal (yes I have owned one, but sold it before it killed me), when you have enjoyed your car for a time you decide to take it back to the shiny silver building from where it came only for your car to be worked on by a bunch of imbeciles who could not repair a vacuum cleaner properly never mind a motor vehicle...lack of care, thought or abilty...stealership s never see my car!!!!!! Comment777
  • Score: 8

3:47pm Wed 7 Aug 13

steveG says...

I, for one, won't be buying any car from them in the future.
I, for one, won't be buying any car from them in the future. steveG
  • Score: 3

6:25pm Wed 7 Aug 13

Just Thought says...

What a shame for this Guy and all he wanted to do was get his car running like a Porsche should.

He has paid a small fortune in repair and Garage costs and some Nitwit Judge who probably wouldn't know what a Porsche even looked like found in favour of the Garage.

The legal system is a joke.
What a shame for this Guy and all he wanted to do was get his car running like a Porsche should. He has paid a small fortune in repair and Garage costs and some Nitwit Judge who probably wouldn't know what a Porsche even looked like found in favour of the Garage. The legal system is a joke. Just Thought
  • Score: 5

7:10am Thu 8 Aug 13

Citizen Cane says...

It's pretty clear that the entire story is not being presented. It doesn't say who he bought the car from in the first place: it was clearly a hound when purchased.
It's pretty clear that the entire story is not being presented. It doesn't say who he bought the car from in the first place: it was clearly a hound when purchased. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 0

11:49pm Thu 8 Aug 13

you all chat nonsense says...

steveG wrote:
I, for one, won't be buying any car from them in the future.
probably because you can't afford one, seems like the lad couldn't drive it properly, a bad worksman blames his tools
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: I, for one, won't be buying any car from them in the future.[/p][/quote]probably because you can't afford one, seems like the lad couldn't drive it properly, a bad worksman blames his tools you all chat nonsense
  • Score: 0

8:51am Fri 9 Aug 13

Hough64 says...

you all chat nonsense wrote:
steveG wrote:
I, for one, won't be buying any car from them in the future.
probably because you can't afford one, seems like the lad couldn't drive it properly, a bad worksman blames his tools
Looking at your two posts you obviously know this man and are making little digs at him. It could be one of two things here with you..maybe even both. Either you are just plain jealous at this mans success in his life and business or you are a disgruntled ex employee who was so pants at his job that he had to sack you!! I bet I am right here...I usually am :-)
[quote][p][bold]you all chat nonsense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: I, for one, won't be buying any car from them in the future.[/p][/quote]probably because you can't afford one, seems like the lad couldn't drive it properly, a bad worksman blames his tools[/p][/quote]Looking at your two posts you obviously know this man and are making little digs at him. It could be one of two things here with you..maybe even both. Either you are just plain jealous at this mans success in his life and business or you are a disgruntled ex employee who was so pants at his job that he had to sack you!! I bet I am right here...I usually am :-) Hough64
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