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Vancouver Psychologist Awarded $15,000 Because He Couldn't Drive His Ferrari

08/12/2015 08:02 EDT | Updated 08/12/2015 08:59 EDT

A B.C. Supreme Court judge put a price on pleasure when she awarded a Vancouver man $15,000 because he couldn't enjoy his Ferrari for seven months.

Psychologist Lawrence Miller took his 2005 Ferrari F430 F1 into Brian Ross Motorsports Corp. for annual service in May 2013, said a B.C. Supreme Court decision released Monday.

A technician testing the luxury car hit a parked delivery truck and damaged the Ferrari, six days after it was dropped off.

The dealership obtained an estimate on the damage from a repair shop. But Miller, who was out of town at the time, asked them not to fix the Ferrari until he saw it in person.

He was "shocked" to see that the damage he understood to be "a scratch" turned out to be "down the length of the passenger side, including damage to the rims and the passenger side mirrors," according to the ruling. The dealership said it would take care of the repairs, which cost $35,644.04.

However, Miller chose to get the work done at a repair shop different from the one preferred by the dealership. He picked up the Ferrari in December 2013 and got the repaired vehicle back in May 2014.

Miller sought an award of $85,000, based on a yearly Ferrari rental cost of $112,572. He contended that he lost the use of his sports car from May 2013 to May 2014. Brian Ross Motorsports countered that $5,000 was more reasonable.

Justice Jane Dardi noted that Miller derives great joy from driving the “work of art." He bought the Ferrari in 2011 for $134,288. Miller, who is single with no children, mainly drives an Acura and also owns two motorcycles.

In awarding the psychologist $15,000, Dardi said he was partially responsible for the delay, since he opted to use a different repair shop.

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