2010 Nissan GT-R spontaneously combusts at Florida dealer

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Firefighters working hard to extinguish a car fire. It isn't the 2010 Nissan GT-R that spontaneously combusted in a Gainesville, Florida dealership, but one burned hulk of a car is as good as another.

As if Nissan needed any more trouble… (Photo: Picasa)

When a $90,000 sports car like the 2010 Nissan GT-R goes up in flames in the middle of a locked showroom, curiosity flares up like a bad case of the vehicle recalls. That’s exactly what happened days ago at a Gainesville, Fla., Nissan dealership, reports The Gainesville Sun. Not long after a security guard completed his rounds at about 10 p.m. Sunday, the blaze was discovered. Local investigators believe the cause may have been a fallen light, but fire rescue spokeswoman Carol Davis told the Sun that the investigation is not complete.

Customers need auto loans for the 2010 Nissan GT-R

Customers do not need exploding parts in their high-powered 2010 Nissan GT-R sports cars. The spark plugs give fire to the internal combustion to get that Nissan beast going, but the Super Silver GT-R is not intended to literally explode. In order to get to the blaze that reportedly engulfed the entire car, firefighters had to smash their way through the glass doors of the Nissan dealership. This is certainly not the kind of service that dealerships are fighting for these days.

And the security guard couldn’t even get back inside

That’s an odd bit of news from the Sun, considering that the security guard had locked the building in the first place. Are Nissan dealerships becoming so sophisticated that the door locks morph into a different key pattern at the end of each day? Whatever the case, according to the Gainesville dealership’s parts and services director, Stacy Calhoun, firefighters still don’t know how the fire started and whether it started inside or outside the 2010 Nissan GT-R. Arson hasn’t been ruled out, however.

‘It’s unusual for a car to catch fire in a closed building,’ said Davis

Understatement aside, the Nissan dealership owners are thankful that there was no damage to the rest of the building and inventory (which includes another Nissan GT-R). This likely can be attributed to the speedy response of the Gainesville Fire Department. The dealership likely has insurance to cover the lost 2010 Nissan GT-R, and thankfully a potential auto loans-carrying customer would have similar recourse. If it’s an internal problem, there will likely be some kind of manufacturer’s recall or warranty coverage. But if spontaneous combustion occurs after the warranty expires and there’s no manufacturer recall, would comprehensive coverage take care of the trouble?

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