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Maserati written off after ‘open’ tin of white paint coats interiors and windscreen

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It was a bizarre claim from this Maserati owner in Australia, one that made the insurance agency write off the car.

The lid of a tin of paint kept in the back seat of the supercar became dislodged when the driver swerved to avoid a dog.

It led to the plush interiors of the car, the windscreen, dashboard, instrument panel all being coated in a thick coat of white paint.

According to the Daily Mail, Claims Manager for RAA Insurance, Hayley Cain, said the driver had left the paint on the backseat when the lid dislodged from the tin and flew through the air.

'As the tin flew around the car like a mini tornado, the leather interior and windscreen were liberally splashed with a thick coat of white paint,' Ms Cain said.

'Fortunately the driver was fine, but given the extent of damage to the interior, our insurance assessors declared it a write off and we settled the claim for over $90,000.'

She said the Maserati paint storm was definitely one of the company's more unusual claims but the insurer has encountered some bizarre cases such as rats chewing through wire of a Land Cruiser.

Other insurance disasters included a Mercedes Benz being written off after a coat hanger was lodged in the convertible roof mechanism, a parrot eating a door trim and a dog trashing the interior.

'Truth can be stranger than fiction with flying paint tins, hungry rodents or destructive coat hangers but sometimes it's the apparently straightforward claims that have experts smelling a rat,' she said.

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