For many people, the car is an extension of who they are. It’s a physical representation of our inner selves to the world around us – a conscious choice that exudes certain qualities and characteristics. And for just as many, the car is a vital asset to daily life. When that space is violated – a door ding, for example – there is a sense of sadness, frustration, and anger. The feeling is one with which enthusiasts are more familiar than most. One Las Vegas woman, Shawn Smith, recently discovered those feelings when a vandal poured an acid-like substance on her sixth-gen Chevrolet Camaro.
Smith was at work when the incident happened on Friday, April 5th. Her Camaro was parked in the parking lot when someone rushed into her place of work to say that they saw a construction worker pour something over the rear end of her Camaro. Smith’s business partner, Danny Ericsen, tried to chase down the culprit. While he didn’t catch him, he did get a picture of the car and license plate, and handed the photos over to the police. The suspected vandal escaped in a burnt orange Chevrolet Cruze.
Smith’s Camaro headed straight to Service King for repairs, where the cost to fix the damage is estimated at around $5,000. The plastic bits will be replaced, as will the chrome muffler tips. The damage to the deck lid will get sanded down to the bare metal and then repainted. Tim Wolf, the general manager of Service King, said it’d look as good as new once repairs are complete.
It’s upsetting when people do terrible things for seemingly no reason at all, though sadly it is the world we live in. Thankfully, the damage is repairable, and Smith does carry insurance on the vehicle, which is a bit of good news in an otherwise sad situation. We hope Smith and her Chevrolet Camaro are back on the road in no time.