Chevrolet service advisor destroys customer’s rare Camaro ZL1 after ride, lawsuit claims

The car was recently valued at $97,000 before the accident.


By Brad Anderson

July 10, 2024 at 8:44 PM

  • When the modified Camaro ZL1 1LE was delivered to the dealer for repairs, it had just 989 miles on the odometer.
  • The owner allegedly asked people not to leave the parking lot.
  • He is currently seeking reimbursement of the cost of purchasing the car, as well as court costs and attorney fees.

In January, Kenny Habul dropped off his low-mileage, tuned 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at a Darien, Connecticut, dealership because it wouldn’t start. He insisted that no dealership employee drive it off the lot.

According to sources, the allure of the powerful sports car was so great that service advisor Matthew Sebastien could not resist, and allegedly took it for a spin and ended up crashing the car.

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This series of events is enough to anger any car enthusiast and prompted Habul to sue the dealership and Sebastien for destroying his Camaro, known as the “Hendrick Edition” in the complaint. Trust in car dealerships is already in a precarious state, and incidents like this are likely to further exacerbate tensions between car owners and showrooms across the United States.

In a negligence and recklessness lawsuit filed against H & L Chevrolet and Sebastian in Stamford County Superior Court, Habul claims that the workers were ordered to diagnose and repair the faulty clutch switch and that “no employee had any authority to remove the vehicle from the lot under any circumstances.”

Despite requests, Sebastian allegedly took the rare Camaro for a spin, reaching speeds of up to 89 miles per hour (143 km/h) on I-95, losing control of the vehicle and striking a guardrail, totaling the car.

The Camaro’s track recorder data allegedly shows Sebastian “hit the gas” just before the crash and was not wearing a seatbelt. The Chevrolet was valued at $97,000 in a recent appraisal before the crash, and to make matters worse, it had just 989 miles (1,591 km) on the odometer.

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Habul is seeking damages for the value of the rare Chevrolet Camaro, in addition to court costs and punitive damages. The lawsuit states that H&L Chevrolet must pay and is liable because it is Sebastian’s employer.

The lawsuit adds that police investigating the accident determined that “the roadway was passable and there was no debris on the sidewalk other than that left after the accident.”