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I'VE BEEN BUMPED FOR TWO GRAND; DRIVER ACCUSES FERRARI OWNER OVER PRANGMotoring fan fears he's been ripped off over supercar repair.

Byline: Derek Alexander

When car lover Eddie McVey was given the chance to drive a Ferrari, he fulfilled a boyhood fantasy.

Once he eased himself into the leather driving seat of the rented Italian supercar, the 53-year-old felt like the king of the road.

But now Eddie says he's been driven round the bend in a bitter cash row with the owner of the black F430 Spider, Alan Gorrie.

The bust-up was sparked after Eddie pranged the PS117,000 vehicle in a lowspeed collision with another car while trying to park.

He claims Gorrie - boss of luxury car hire firm Performance Portfolio Ltd - demanded PS3220 for a new rear bumper and sent him an invoice for work carried out at a Ferrari dealership.

Eddie also says the pair agreed he would be handed the cracked piece to sell on eBay to recoup some cash but that Gorrie later claimed it was lost by Ferrari.

Paperwork has emerged which suggests Gorrie had the damage fixed by another mechanic for PS1182.

Bosses at Edinburgh Ferrari garage Graypaul, where Gorrie claimed the repairs were made, denied working on the vehicle.

Now Eddie claims Gorrie has taken him for a spin and wants PS2000 refunded. He says Gorrie has refused to cough up and is now considering legal action to get his cash back.

Eddie, of Biggar, Lanarkshire, said: "I've had sleepless nights over this.

"I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me when I damaged it. I've never denied liability but I should only pay what's fair."

A family member paid PS89 for landscaper Eddie to hire the Ferrari for an hour as a Christmas gift.

He says he paid an extra PS40 to take the car from Performance Portfolio's premises in Loanhead, Midlothian, to Biggar in May.

A bank statement shows Eddie paid PS2920 to Delilicious Catering Ltd in June. Gorrie, 40, is listed as a director at Companies House.

However, an invoice from Murray's Accident Repair Centre in Glenrothes appears to show the damage to the car was repaired there.

Eddie added: "Gorrie said he wanted a new bumper even though it could easily have been repaired.

"We agreed that I would get the old one and sell it over the internet and recoup some of my losses.

"But it now appears that I've paid Gorrie for a brand new bumper and he's had the original fixed.

"He told me Ferrari supplied and fitted the new bumper and even sent me the bill but Ferrari have told me they cancelled an order.

"I've a receipt from another garage which shows repairs were carried out on the original damage."

A Ferrari spokesman confirmed Gorrie cancelled an order for a new bumper and said no work was carried out on the car.

The firm then offered Eddie the chance to drive a PS150,000 Ferrari California T for the day.

The spokesman added: "Ferrari does not condone the resale of any spare parts on internet auction sites, particularly those damaged."

Jimmy Murray, who runs Murray's Accident Repair Centre, said: "We carried out a repair for a customer. We've done nothing wrong."

Gorrie replied by email, saying: "I've passed this on to our solicitors as any story you write will be based solely on Mr McVey's fictitious story and we will have no hesitation in engaging and pursuing libel for any story that is published."

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ANGER Eddie, top, is in dispute with car boss Gorrie, above

COSTLY MISTAKE Ferrari 430 Spider, like the rented one Eddie was driving
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 25, 2015
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