High-end sports car maker Ferrari has denied it is involved in litigation over alleged car clocking at a dealership in America.
The Italian company issued a statement to that effect after reports this week that a lawsuit had been filed by salesman Robert Root, claiming that a device called a ‘Deis Tester’ is being used to illegally roll back the odometers on used examples of the famous manufacturer’s cars.
The process, allegedly carried out at a Ferrari dealership in Florida, could potentially add millions of pounds to a Prancing Horse’s value – all with the new owner remaining completely in the dark.
The claim is being made against the manufacturer itself – as Root says the manufacturer has to give its blessing for the device to be used – and Ferrari of Palm Beach, which is part of the New Country Motor Car Group.
Root, 71, says he was fired after finding out about the device’s use but says that was a cover to get rid of him because of his age. Now his lawyer, David Brodie, is putting together a class action lawsuit that would involve owners in the United States.
Ferrari told PA today: ‘We do not comment on litigation between a dealer and its employees. This litigation involves third parties with respect to Ferrari North America and the litigation does not involve Ferrari.
‘Ferrari reserves the right to take all appropriate action against any party that has adversely affected its rights.’
Since the row broke out, Root has been rehired by the dealership and will not comment on the litigation.