Whether you’re servicing a sedan or a supercar, you want to trust that your dealership’s mechanic will take good care of your car. Aside from performing the correct service you asked for, it’s generally expected that a tech should treat your car kindly and with consideration. However, one Chevrolet Corvette C8 owner got the exact opposite treatment when a mechanic took their sports car for a joyride.
According to GM Authority, the entire incident was caught on the car’s onboard cameras and telemetry system. The owner first got suspicious when he received his car back with an unusual amount of extra miles on the clock.
Watch this tech go on a joyride in a Chevrolet Corvette C8
This Chevrolet Corvette C8 joyride starts as the car’s owner discovered an unusual amount of miles on the clock. This came after receiving the car after a week-long service. After growing suspicious, the owner checked the car’s onboard camera. This is where he found the video showing two mechanics taking the sports car on a joyride. Throughout the ride, the pair hit a top speed of 104 mph on the road with a 65-mph speed limit.
The video embedded above shows the complete joyride, which spans over 20 minutes. Aside from taking the Chevrolet Corvette C8 above 100 mph, the technicians have a lengthy conversation about how much they dislike GM’s modules and quality control. Even going as far as complaining about their bosses at the local dealership.
As you might imagine, the owner was fairly upset upon discovering that the technicians treated his prized possession this way. The ironic part is that the technicians completely forgot that the C8 features an onboard camera that records everything.
This sports car has 1 crucial feature the techs seemingly forgot about
As mentioned in the intro, the Chevrolet Corvette C8’s camera filmed this entire joyride. That’s because the sports car features an onboard Performance Data Recorder. In short, this data recorder has a camera embedded right behind the car’s rear-view mirror, which gets a clear view of the road ahead. Additionally, the Corvette features an onboard telemetry system that measures speed, revs, and even lateral G forces.
As a result, once this Chevrolet Corvette C8 owner became suspicious, he was able to find out exactly what happened. To make matters worse, his car was at the dealership for over a week without a loaner car for him to drive around.
Is it better to take your Chevrolet Corvette C8 to an independent mechanic?
Unfortunately, taking your Chevrolet Corvette C8 to an independent mechanic won’t necessarily protect you from something like this. That’s because it all falls on what kind of mechanic ends up working on your car. As a result, if you want extra peace of mind, you’ll want to work with a trusted mechanic with a good track record of respecting customer cars. If all else fails, at least you’ll have a video of exactly what happened to your car.