Friday, February 15, 2013

The Biggest Car Accident Insurance Claim In British History Goes To…

More than a year after Rowan Atkinson’s rare McLaren was severely wrecked from a car accident, the exotic car is now up and running.

The said news recently took center stage after reports about the staggering amount of repairs surfaced.

Unfortunately for the Mr. Bean star’s insurer, the company was forced to shell out a total of £910,000.00 to repair the actor’s McLaren F1. In fact, it was said to be the biggest car accident insurance claim in British history.

Ironically, the actor bought his sports car for £640,000.00 in 1997. Obviously, the amount of repairs was significantly higher than its original price. Also, it is three times higher than the previous record-holding insurance payout way back in 2010.

On a related note, a specialty insurer explained that the high performance car needs extensive use of carbon fiber, as well as expert care, making its repair costs so expensive.

In a statement released by Ben Stagg, an insurance expert of RK Harrison, he said that all modern supercars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris are generally carbon fiber. In fact, even the smallest ring in carbon fiber is a huge repair job. In addition, a part of its engine bay is made of gold, since it is the best heat conductor. The materials used in such cars compared to everyday cars make it so expensive.

After the repairs and all, Atkinson is back into the driver’s seat of his high-end car unlike many sports car enthusiasts who only drive their cars few times in a year under perfect weather conditions.

Meanwhile, during an interview documented by Classic & Sports Car magazine, the actor claimed that he feels depressed when such great cars are just hidden away. For him, it is a crime not to use it.

Meanwhile, a Los Angeles accident lawyer here who once featured the news about the actor’s previous car accidents involving the same sports car in one of his blogs was not surprised to learn that he is back again into its driver’s seat. Seeing him hitting the road using his McLaren F1 after those unfortunate accidents is no longer surprising since he has been known for his extensive passion for driving, especially high-end ones.