by Karl Peskett

Monday saw one of the worst storms to hit Perth in recent history, with flash flooding, hail and wind causing the most damage. Part of the carnage was felt most by drivers behind the wheel when the sudden storm hit, as well as by dealerships who had no option but to watch their cars being destroyed.

One of the worst affected areas was Osborne Park, home to the more upper-class vehicles with the Audi Centre Perth, Lexus of Perth and Barbagallo’s Prestige being hit the hardest.

Mike Reed, sales manager for Lexus of Perth told CarAdvice last night of the tragic sequence of events.

“I was showing a customer one of our RX vehicles when we noticed the increase in wind and rain. We looked outside and saw a few small hailstones,” said Mr Reed. “We thought ‘Wow, look at that’ as we don’t often see hail in Perth. Then the hailstones got bigger and bigger.”

The stones quickly turned to golf ball size and the customer asked if the cars outside should be shifted. Mr Reed remarked that it was too late – there was nowhere to shift the cars to.

“We just watched in horror. I saw the windscreens just explode and sunroofs being smashed in. It honestly looked like people were standing on top of the building and firing machine guns at our cars. It was like a warzone,” said Mr Reed.

In total 109 cars were damaged, with an estimated replacement bill of over $6million. And that’s just at one dealership.

Barbagallo’s, which is across the road, also suffered with the roof on the Lamborghini showroom collapsing. Millions of dollars of prestige cars were destroyed, mostly Land Rovers and Range Rovers which faced the storm head on, and on the opposite side of the yard, Jaguar’s XF V8 press car (which we were booked into) was totalled. All Aston Martins escaped damage.

One Toyota yard lost over 300 cars and thousands of personal cars have been written off. Insurance companies have been inundated by the, ahem, flood of claims with phone lines busy for days.

Thankfully most people had insurance against storm and hail, although that may be likely to change as insurance companies decide whether to keep storm and hail as a standard inclusion.

Apparently if we had have owned a ShamWow, the flooding wouldn’t have been a problem….

  • RdS

    Poor Porsche. :(

  • George


  • Iz

    Wow.. looks like someone just let loose with a machine gun or something; what a shame to those cars.

    Insurers will be having a ball of a time trying to sort all the paperwork out I bet. Ouch.

  • BA

    MY CAR HAS DENTS ALL OVER IT AND A BORKEN WINDSCREEN it could be a write off as well

  • Pauly


    • Reckless1

      The comment of a true dickhead – am I allowed to say that?

  • Riviera

    I was lucky as hell on that day. I drove my S2000 to work and parked at usual outdoor parking lot about 500m from the office. It was silly of me not to listen to the forecast beforehand. Anyway, around 4pm was working and saw the sky got darker for each minute passed. Then heard the roof being bombarded by hail stones. Walked outside to see one of the biggest hail stones I have seen here. I felt hopeless knowing I parked it outside. The only revelation I had was knowing I got it insured. I rushed after weather eased slightly only to find car was intact! FYI, other cars not far from my spot were damaged. Windscreen smashed, chassis dented, was a nightmare there. Now, I felt bless at that time.

    • matt

      how do you suppose the chassis got dented you moron

  • Devil666

    Oh no, not the Sportbacks!

  • Jack

    wtf, Perth actually had some Weather…

  • Shak

    What is a Getz doing in between a group of Audi’s? Is so downgrading.

    • daan

      Not really. 20 times more reliable than any Audi made.

      • bmwm3

        I second that

        • sammo

          i dont think so, the getz is also

          20 times less innovative
          20 times cheaper build quality
          20 times uglier

          than any Audi

          must i go on?

    • Onanist

      The Getz is the Korean Audi A3

  • RK

    Last weekend there were a ton of special sales of hail-affected stock here in Melbourne from those storms, everything from Toyotas to Beemers (didn’t hear anything about a runout on hail-dented Lambos unfortunately!). Those pics are something else though.

  • Luke


    • jimmy

      Haha. I chuckled at that too.

      On the other end of the spectrum, some of those pictures are enough to make a grown man cry.

  • ElecEng

    Funny you mentioned that Aston Martin escaped dent free. I saw a picture of the Barbagallo car yard with Porsches and DB9 parked outdoor. The DB9 didn’t seem to have any damage. Another + for the Aston Martin.

    • Joker

      Even God Likes Aston’s enough to protect them from Hail 😉

  • The Realist

    I had a chuckle when I saw the all the damaged Audis, as only recently I received atrocious service from one of their sales “executives”.

  • ~anonymous~

    Hey, at least there are two upsides about the freak storm that hit perth:
    1. You’ll be able to pick up an alright prestige luxury vehicle for cheap.
    2. And all panel-beaters of Perth will make an absolute killing in repairs,
    2.1 Thus, in turn will be able to put all their kids all the way through all education,
    2.1.1 And also probably will be able to payoff more of the mortgage soon.

  • Mr Abm3553

    damn thats gotta hurt the stock market

  • Tingna85

    @ ~anonymous~ i was fortunate enough to meet up and got a job with an italian man who fixes hail damaged cars all over europe for a living. he was called into perth by some of these dealer principals to come repair the damaged cars and ‘boy’ did this man make a killing in payments.. in less than 2mths he earned just over a million dollars.. the reason how i know is that i was working for him as his personal assistant and i got first hand look at the all money he was receiving from these car yards..