Dealership Fights to Recover Following Plane Crash

By Jeffrey Bellant January 16, 2020
The Airplane at the scene of the crash at Value Price Auto in Arizona The Airplane at the scene of the crash at Value Price Auto in Arizona

An Arizona couple is battling with three insurance companies to recover the losses to inventory and damage to their lot after a small plane crashed into in last month,

Anthony Flores and his wife, Jennifer Wood, own Value Price Auto, a used car lot near Deer Valley Airport, north of Phoenix Arizona. 

On Dec. 11, a small plane crash-landed on the street, but not before clipping cars, fencing and parts of the used-car lot. No one was hurt, but the plane did significant damage to the eight-year-old dealership, which keeps about 50 units in inventory.

The dealership typically opens at 10 a.m., so no one was at work at the time, but the vehicles were damaged, Wood said.

“The right-wing of the plane hit some of our vehicles that were sitting outside of our fence,” Wood said. “Outside of the fence, there were, like, 10 (vehicles) it hit. The left-wing hit a big electric pole, snapped the wire, and it recoiled back into our lot.”

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Damaged inventory on the lot of Value Price Auto in Arizona

The wire hit cars inside of the fence of the lot, doing damage to most of those vehicles, such as dents and scratches, Wood said.

The dealer’s insurance wasn’t mean to cover damage from a plane crash. In early January, Flores said all three parties – the pilot, the owner of the plane and the man consigning the plane – are ducking the couple.

“The pilot was flying on empty,” Flores said. “I’m going to have to sue everybody involved. It’s crazy that a plane falling out of the sky isn’t on anybody’s insurance policy.”

Wood said every car on the lot was damaged.

“In the meantime, we’re stuck with inventory we can’t sell because we don’t know what’s safe for the public,” Wood said. “We’ve pretty much been closed down. We’ve had a major loss of revenue. Bills are coming in and we don’t have money to pay them."

“It’s not good at all.”

 

Watch Good Evening Arizona on KTVK 3TV reporting on the Plane Crash that Hit Price Value Auto below.

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