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Question of the Day: Have you ever had to make "the call?"

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Calling your dad after you've wrecked his car sucks. You know you are in big trouble. So imagine how this kid felt this past weekend when he had make the call home to say he had just wrecked his father's $400,000 (AUS) Ferrari F360 Challenge Stradale.

According to an article in The Sydney Morning Herald, this is one of only 16 of the super-rare Ferraris imported to Australia. The kid was speeding when he lost control and wrapped his dad's Ferrari around a pole. The car suffered extensive damage, but probably nothing compared to the damage he is going to suffer at the hands of his father.

What's worse is that television news crews were around and filming him as he had to make that dreaded call to his dad. Hello, YouTube!

So tell us: have you ever had to make "the call" to your father to tell him you had just wrecked his car? Or maybe you've been on the other end of that call? Leave us a comment.

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CorvairJim
May 6, 2008 at 6:56 pm
I've been there... How many people get Dad's car bent up the day after they get their license? I had the car (my Dad's Police-spec '77 Impala Wagon - talk about a sleeper!) parked beside the road, and it's flashers were going because it was a busy stretch, even though it was a legal place to park. I was looking at a bunch of hubcaps that a guy had set out for sale in his front yard, thinking I might find something for the '65 Chevy II I was rebuilding to be my first car, when WHAM!!! I looked up to see a brand new white Camaro Berlinetta spinning across the road after nailing my Dad's car a(fortunately) relatively glancing blow - enough to completely crumple the left quarter panel and break the window, though. The tailgate still worked! The guy in the other had some 'Splainin' to do! He had just picked up the car as a birthday surprise for his wife, but wanted to see what it was that everybody was looking at in the guy's yard. Tell me, how do you NOT SEE a metallic red, 4500 pound full size station wagon with it's flashers going? He was ticketed, his insurance paid off, and Dad wasn't even too ticked off. Like JS2TZU said earlier, just as long as nobody was hurt, there wasn't anything to worry about - These things happen. I wouldn't have been the guy in the Camaro, though... Imagine giving the Mrs. a brand new WRECKED car for her birthday! Better him than me!
 
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GoldyLocks
May 6, 2008 at 8:29 am
How about the other way around? I recently totaled my son's car. Now that was an interesting call :-)
 
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Fezzik
May 6, 2008 at 8:28 am
I just remembered a good one. My Mom had to give me the call! She borrowed my firebird one weekend, as I left it behind at her place to use my Dad's truck to haul a few things. My Mom took my car out for a spin to show off in front of her students at school, and the fuel pump quit. She had to call me and tell me that ht e car had to be towed and that she was paying to replace the fuel pump, filter and some lines. She was upset, thinking I'd be mad at her, but all I could do was laugh.
 
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blue02SS
May 5, 2008 at 9:03 pm
Yep. It was my car, my second car. It was after school and at the time, there were miles of empty paved roads all around my high school. My and a couple friends decided to cruise around the empty roads and raise a little cain. We come up on an area that was too good to pass up. It was an intersection where one road went up a slight incline, then ubruptly dropped off where it met with the cross road. Well, Dukes of Hazzard time it was!!! I made my friends get out of the car in case the stupidness went wrong somehow. The stood back away from the road and I went back to where I could get some good speed going. Got it up to about 45-50 when I hit the spot. The entire cleared the cross road by about 5 feet. What I was not aware of is the fact that a 1974 Plymouth Satellite is very front heavy. The car nose dived and tore out huge chunks of the asphalt, and alos broke both torsion bars in the process. I managed to limp the car off the street, with both wheels severely leaning and all the way into the fenderwells. Had to walk about 4 miles to get to a phone and make the call.
 
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JerryandMary
May 5, 2008 at 6:27 pm
My father on the other hand was good looking but had most of the weaknesses that young men get. I loved and still love him dearly, but I was frightened of his carelessness when I was young. I will give you one of many examples. My Dad, Bob got a hold of a pellet gun, it was the kind you pump up. I managed to keep Gigi in the house, it was not hard to do as she was really frightened by our dad. I was down the street with my dad and some neighbors when he decided to shoot an old tire that was still on the rim. I got behind a big guy and dad fired the pellet rifle, the pellet bounced off the tire and hit the fellow in front of me in the neck. He was not hurt bad, but I went home. At the time our street was not paved, but it was covered with gravel. My dad was driving me around to Aunt Jude's house (it was just over the fence from our back yard) when he turned the corner very fast the door of the car came open and out on the gravel I fell. Just one of many little things that happened to me back then.
Jerry
 
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JS2TZU
May 5, 2008 at 12:26 pm
Haha! Back when I was in highschool I use to use my dads Chevelle to go out. 1 night at a football game seeing a bunch of girl I lit up the rear tires for about 20 seconds smoking out the parking lot not knowing there were cops behind me. When they turned on there light I tore out of there like a bat outa hell. As I was coming to a stop light the light turned yellow and I barrelled thru the other guy went thru his rd light and I hit his minivan!

The best part was that the cop that was chasing me saw the whole thing. They guy I hit was a total ass and was yelling and screaming at me, then he strted yelling at the cop which was good cause the cp didnt like it and let me go home and gave the dude the ticket.

The Chevelle had a smashed fender and a tweaked hood grille and bumper. (gotta love old school American muscle!) Going home trying to come up with a good excuse was torture thinking my dad was gonna kill me!

As i pulled into the driveway and i walked into the house my dad asked me why i was home so early I told him what happened (the truth cause my dad had a few cop friends) he thought i was joking. As i went to the bathroom i here the garage door open as my dad went to asses the damage i started to panic, my dad came back in the house and was totally cool about it
he said as long as no one got hurt that it was all right and that these things happen.

The next morning when i woke up he had all ready changed out the parts to fix his car.

After that I NEVER got to drive any of his cars again.
hahaha!!
 
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mohrt
May 5, 2008 at 12:18 pm
I put my Chevelle on an interstate guardrail at 2 am once an had to call dad for help, but at least the car was mine!
 
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Fezzik
May 5, 2008 at 12:10 pm
I was in a accident with a friend's car, a 66 olds f-85. It was a head on collision that wasn't my fault, a lady ran a red light. His car was totalled, and I had to be driven over to my friend's house by a police officer, and had to sit in the back of the car because it was against regulations for me to sit up front, so when I got there my friend thought I was under arrest. He was alittle shocked at first, but the officer backed up my story, and convinced my friend it wasn't my fault. The follow up was just as good, my buddy got a big settlement for the car from insurance, 3x what he spent on it, he parted out the car, and got even more. After it was all said and done, he was actually happy with me.
 
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Dreamweaver
May 5, 2008 at 12:01 pm
Nope my dad never did or still won't let me drive his 1966 vette that he bought off the showroom floor in 66 it only has 24k miles on it and yes its a 427 big block
so nope never even a chance in hell I could of made that dreaded call
hmm I did let him a pass in my vega though
 
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HemiRocker
May 5, 2008 at 11:51 am
Nope. Never had to make that call and glad I didn't.
 

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