It's a well-known fact that a brand new car sheds thousands of pounds in value the minute it's driven off the forecourt. One Chinese motorist, however, lost considerably more than she bargained for after she crashed her brand new Porsche, just seconds after leaving the dealership.
Taking delivery of her Porsche Boxster, which starts from £38,810 in UK dealerships, the lady immediately caused an estimated £150,000 worth of damage after getting the throttle and brake pedals mixed up, as she joined traffic in Shenyang, north east China.
The 27-year-old was spotted accelerating into the back of a queue of cars waiting at a set of traffic lights.
A witness said: "She seemed to be trying to change lanes when without warning she shot forwards.
A Porsche salesman commented: "We were still waving her goodbye when she shot forward and there was a tremendous bang." "We all ran over and she wasn't hurt but the car was a real mess. We pushed it back to the showroom where it is with the mechanics. "We'd warned her that it was a very powerful car."
A police spokesman later confirmed that they were not seeking anyone else in connection with the accident, and that she would be held liable for all the damage caused.
The Porsche Boxster is the German brand's most affordable sports car, but will still accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 164mph, thanks to a 261bhp 2.7-litre six-cylinder engine.