Mistakes are just lessons waiting to be learned! Unfortunately, some of those mistakes can be very, very expensive. They hit your wallet with the force of a charging rhino, leaving you clutching your head in agony and letting out incomprehensible bleats about how much money just went down the drain.

That’s where the ‘That Looked Expensive’ subreddit comes in. It’s an internet community that’s dedicated to documenting all the hilarious (not to mention painful) times that people made expensive mistakes. Like wrecking their cars. Or planes. (Or presidential campaigns. Sorry, Mike Bloomberg.)

Bored Panda spoke about the best way for people to deal with mistakes and how important a role emotions play in learning from them with researcher and Assistant Professor of Marketing Noelle Nelson from the University of Oregon. She told us that people vary in how much they tend to justify their mistakes. "Some learn early that it's important to accept when you've done something wrong while others get in a habit of justifying/deflecting/making excuses. Everyone, though, has done this to some degree." Scroll down for our in-depth interview with Noelle and for our chat with the founder of the 'That Looked Expensive' subreddit, Approx-, dear Pandas. Remember to upvote your fave expensive blunders and to let us know in the comments what the most expensive thing that you wrecked was and how you did it.

#1

No Matter How Much You Screw Up, You'll Never Ever Have To Tell Your Boss: Sir, I Toppled That 290 Million Dollar Noaa-N Prime Satellite Right Onto The Shop Floor.

No Matter How Much You Screw Up, You'll Never Ever Have To Tell Your Boss: Sir, I Toppled That 290 Million Dollar Noaa-N Prime Satellite Right Onto The Shop Floor.

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Daniela Botella
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3 months ago

And then you see the two people in the back thinking I think we should pack our bags already

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#2

When The Fire Suppression Foam Is Accidentally Released

When The Fire Suppression Foam Is Accidentally Released

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kurisutofu
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3 months ago

Are you sure it was not a cloud simulation? :D

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#3

When You Forget You Parked On Top Of The Self-Hiding Garage

When You Forget You Parked On Top Of The Self-Hiding Garage

The car at the bottom was flooded. Car at the top was crushed

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Kryogen
Community Member
3 months ago

A stupid mistake. A simple laser detector could avoid this trouble...

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Noelle told Bored Panda that there are a lot of reasons why we justify our mistakes and she told us a couple of the main ones. "We don't like feeling negative emotion and the goal is very often to 'get back' to a positive state. If we can justify something we did wrong, we don't have to feel bad about it anymore."

She continued with the second reasons: "We want to protect our positive self image. Justifying a mistake means that I didn't do anything wrong or whatever went wrong wasn't my fault. That means I can still feel like I'm 'good.'"

Noelle said that her research suggests that taking the time to stop and feel the negative emotions associated with the mistake helps a person learn from that mistake. "We find that it's not enough to just think about the mistake and why it happened. Our brains are designed to be guided by emotion, so actually feeling that negative emotion is important," she said.

#4

Don't Tailgate A School Bus When Your Car Is Shaped Like A Door Stop

Don't Tailgate A School Bus When Your Car Is Shaped Like A Door Stop

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Seems fair enough.

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#5

Florida House Split Via Crane Mishap

Florida House Split Via Crane Mishap

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Adam C
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3 months ago

Someone said Divorce?

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#6

Parking On The Beach

Parking On The Beach

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Orionpax75
Community Member
3 months ago

Well deserved!!

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"In our experiments, people who were asked to feel those negative emotions corrected their behavior on a similar task later on. This happened even though they didn't know the tasks were connected! That suggests that the emotional learning doesn't have to be consciously done by a person; simply making sure to allow oneself to feel those negative emotions leads to learning."

Noelle revealed to us that lately she's been working on research that addresses why people have a hard time changing their minds about important topics and how we might be able to communicate in a way that would help them absorb new information that they don't necessarily agree with. "Generally, how people process emotions and thoughts is important in how they learn, function and interact with their environment."

#7

Your Internet Access Will Be Restored Between January And December 2020

Your Internet Access Will Be Restored Between January And December 2020

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

That guy is still sitting there, trying to un-tangle that.

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#8

Expensive Tip...

Expensive Tip...

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zims
Community Member
3 months ago

I love puns

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#9

Technician 'Accidentally' Fires Vulcan Cannon & Obliterates F-16 Sitting On The Runway

Technician 'Accidentally' Fires Vulcan Cannon & Obliterates F-16 Sitting On The Runway

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

If a technician can do this, it is not the technician's fault. Redundant security systems should prevent this from happening!

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Reddit user Approx- told Bored Panda that they started the subreddit back in March 2018, as a result of a comment made by another user, Deathtastic.

According to Approx-, the subreddit grew steadily and naturally gained users since it was first created. "We haven't really done anything in particular to make it grow, other than ensuring content is well moderated," they said.

"I think the appeal of expensive mistakes is twofold. First, it's just straight-up entertainment to see expensive things destroyed. But I think it also gives folks a bit of a sense of relief that maybe their screw-ups aren't all that bad after seeing a multi-million dollar mistake," Aprrox- said.

#10

$5000 Canadian After Someone Using The Microwave To Disinfect It

$5000 Canadian After Someone Using The Microwave To Disinfect It

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
3 months ago

There is a reason why they call it money laundering and not money microwaving.

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#11

Landslide On Highway

Landslide On Highway

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nanashi
Community Member
3 months ago

I can't even begin to visualize how to clear them out

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#12

If Insurance Companies Had Nightmares...

If Insurance Companies Had Nightmares...

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Russell Ellwardt
Community Member
3 months ago

Insurance? If this was an illegal car race indeed, and very likely it was, they ought to refuse to pay.

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The ‘That Looked Expensive’ subreddit has more than 416k members and the community has been going strong since it was first founded.

It’s one thing to mess up as an individual but it’s a whole other ball game when companies or countries mess up. For example, back in 2000, Netflix approached Blockbuster with an idea to take care of the digital part of their company. Blockbuster said ‘no’ and, well, we don’t have to tell you how things worked out over the next two decades for both companies, do we? A ‘yes’ instead of a ‘no’ and we could still have a healthy version of Blockbuster!

#13

If You’re Having A Bad Day, Just Know That At Least You Didn’t Shatter A 16,000$ Bottle Of Victory In Europe, 1945 Château Mouton Rothschild

If You’re Having A Bad Day, Just Know That At Least You Didn’t Shatter A 16,000$ Bottle Of Victory In Europe, 1945 Château Mouton Rothschild

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Orionpax75
Community Member
3 months ago

That's nothing a wine merchant in the late 80's broke a 1787 Château Margaux that was valued at.... hold your hats.... half a million and was owned by Thomas Jefferson! True story

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#14

The Slide Opened Inside The Aircraft

The Slide Opened Inside The Aircraft

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
3 months ago

At least that happen in 2003 and not 2020.

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#15

Cement Truck Mishap

Cement Truck Mishap

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Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
3 months ago

When a fart isn't just a fart...

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Another costly blunder happened when the so-called ‘Walkie-Talkie’ skyscraper was built in London. It took millions of pounds to fix a huge issue: the southern wall of the skyscraper was covered with reflective glass that was causing fires and melting cars. Yeah, you read the right—actually melting cars like a heat beam that some comic book villain would use.

We all know that failure’s a part of life and we can’t avoid it forever. So it’s important to learn how to handle it in the right way. Common sense tells us to let things go but that might not be what’s best for us.

#16

Big Oof

Big Oof

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
3 months ago

And what cartoon character did it land on?

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#17

A $5,000,000 Oops

A $5,000,000 Oops

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Orionpax75
Community Member
3 months ago

Someone's on the unemployment line

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#18

Renewable Energy Needs Renewing

Renewable Energy Needs Renewing

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Natalie Bohrteller
Community Member
3 months ago

But how is that something you could regret?

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#19

New Boeing 737 Fuselages Wrecked In Train Derailment In Montana (July 2014)

New Boeing 737 Fuselages Wrecked In Train Derailment In Montana (July 2014)

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ThatGuv
Community Member
3 months ago

Aircraft fuselages first began crawling onto dry land about 400 million years ago, kicking off an evolutionary chain of events that led to winged creatures called Airliners. But their reasons for exiting the sea have been uncertain to this day...

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#20

Don’t Leave Your Malinois With Your Porsche

Don’t Leave Your Malinois With Your Porsche

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Little Wonder
Community Member
3 months ago

I had to google, so to save other people googling - a Malinois is a breed of dog.

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#21

F

F

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Remi
Community Member
3 months ago

F

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#22

The Alcoholic In Me Is In Tears!

The Alcoholic In Me Is In Tears!

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

Earthquake?

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#23

Should’ve Thought That Through...

Should’ve Thought That Through...

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Pamela24
Community Member
3 months ago

How? How? How do you not think this through? I come from a country with no sea access and know that this is completely stupid of an idea!

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#24

This Guy Sunk His Raptor And Jeep Trying To Save His $300,000 Boat That Was Sinking

This Guy Sunk His Raptor And Jeep Trying To Save His $300,000 Boat That Was Sinking

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Orionpax75
Community Member
3 months ago

F'n dummy

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#25

Two Carnival Cruise Ships Colliding

Two Carnival Cruise Ships Colliding

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
3 months ago

"Cap's letting his mate park today! What a legend!!" is what's painted on the boat.

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#26

Aston Martin That Was Worth £1.5m.

Aston Martin That Was Worth £1.5m.

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Mihran Hovnanian
Community Member
3 months ago

full article: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/four-year-old-hurt-classic-9745468

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#27

Stray Bullet Landed On A Solar Panel I Just Installed.

Stray Bullet Landed On A Solar Panel I Just Installed.

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a dose of reality
Community Member
3 months ago

Only in the US

Eric Mac Fadden
Community Member
3 months ago

Have you heard about "Rio De Janeiro"? Where weapons are hard to sell legally and LOTS of people have guns.... to do illegal stuff of course

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Brendan
Community Member
3 months ago

Stray bullet?! Living in the UK, I thank God I never have to consider that as a possible peril!

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
3 months ago

Never is a bit of a stretch... but a LOT LESS LIKELY. (I live in the UK and know there are a few firearms about).

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Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
3 months ago

Motherfuckers, this happens in México too :P

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
3 months ago

Is there really need for such language? Plus 'a stray bullet' makes it sound like it was not intentional. Unfortunate, but not done with malice.

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Steven Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

Better than that bullet landing in your head while you were installing your solar panels!

Jo Firth
Community Member
3 months ago

A stray bullet? WTF?

Gina Babe
Community Member
3 months ago

I feel this needs more explanation

Mona Khadra
Community Member
3 months ago

How would the person know why a stray bullet hit their solar panel. They'll just see it's a bullet that can't be explained.

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Johnny
Community Member
3 months ago

Could be worse, could have come down on someone's head.

Patty Leaton
Community Member
2 weeks ago

weather change

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
2 months ago

Sometimes they hit a softer target, like a human head. Those tend to shatter, too.

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
2 months ago

Better there than in your head, I'd say!

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

Better than landing on the top of someone's head. That has happened.

David Dunn
Community Member
2 months ago

At least it landed on the panel, and not on you!

Michael Hill
Community Member
2 months ago

What goes up must come down. At least it did not hit someone.

NotYourMama
Community Member
3 months ago

Careful...your stereotypes are showing...

Cindy Jarrett
Community Member
3 months ago

Better the panels vs you!

Tee
Community Member
3 months ago

Judt installed? Be thankful it was not you.

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#28

It Will Hurt The Wallet

It Will Hurt The Wallet

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Kryogen
Community Member
3 months ago

NOOOOOOOO, how will they get back to future !

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#29

Someone Forgot To Lower The Dump On The Truck

Someone Forgot To Lower The Dump On The Truck

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

Now who might that "Some one" be?

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#30

See The Problem There Is That The Back Fell Off

See The Problem There Is That The Back Fell Off

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Lisa
Community Member
3 months ago

That looks somewhat intentional considering the weight in the bed of the truck and the placement of the lift.

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#31

Tug Hit An A300

Tug Hit An A300

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Downunderdude
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3 months ago

How fast was he going??!!

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#32

Jim Bean Wearhouse Fire That Was Left To Burn Through 45 Thousand Barrels Of Whiskey To Avoid Runoff Into Nearby Water Sources

Jim Bean Wearhouse Fire That Was Left To Burn Through 45 Thousand Barrels Of Whiskey To Avoid Runoff Into Nearby Water Sources

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
3 months ago

What is a "wearhouse"?

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#33

Well, Not One But Two

Well, Not One But Two

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a dose of reality
Community Member
3 months ago

Pure idiots!

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#34

Flipped The Apc And Crashed A Truck That’s Gotta Be Expensive

Flipped The Apc And Crashed A Truck That’s Gotta Be Expensive

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Captain Awesome
Community Member
3 months ago

Nah, it'll buff out. Just add some more khaki green!

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#35

A Rock'n Boat

A Rock'n Boat

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

All it wanted was it’s freedom.

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#36

70m Yacht Capsized In Greece

70m Yacht Capsized In Greece

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
3 months ago

Did it hit an iceberg or something?

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#37

Residential Homes Built In South Dakota Over Undisclosed Abandoned Gypsum Mine... Sinkhole Renders Entire Neighborhood’s Property Values Now Worthless.

Residential Homes Built In South Dakota Over Undisclosed Abandoned Gypsum Mine... Sinkhole Renders Entire Neighborhood’s Property Values Now Worthless.

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

Sinkholes genuinely terrify me. Stuff of nightmares!

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#38

Rag Left In Engine After Repairs Turned To Shreds

Rag Left In Engine After Repairs Turned To Shreds

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Lanre Malumi
Community Member
3 months ago

Legit thought someone's arm got stuck in. 0_o

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#39

300,000$ Porsche Crashed During Test Drive

300,000$ Porsche Crashed During Test Drive

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

This happens far too often on test drives with powerful cars. If you’ve only ever driven a Focus you won’t be able to a handle a super car. Know your limits and use less gas.

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#40

Trailer Full Of New 2020 Shelby Gt500s Tipped Over In Detroit Today.

Trailer Full Of New 2020 Shelby Gt500s Tipped Over In Detroit Today.

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Kjorn
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3 months ago

i saw 2.

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#41

Suv Crashes Into Mclaren Dealer

Suv Crashes Into Mclaren Dealer

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

Jealousy.

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#42

When You Want Your Insurance Adjuster To Pay More Attention To Your Claim

When You Want Your Insurance Adjuster To Pay More Attention To Your Claim

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
3 months ago

Those are actually influencers that have nothing to do with the boat. They’re just using it as a prop.

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#43

Hope Insurance Covers This

Hope Insurance Covers This

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Downunderdude
Community Member
3 months ago

You might want to fill up the petrol while you pump up that tyre...

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#44

What Happens When A Bandsaw Hits A Nail

What Happens When A Bandsaw Hits A Nail

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Peet
Community Member
3 months ago

That could have killed someone .

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#45

Porsche Panamera Hybrid vs. Tesla Model S

Porsche Panamera Hybrid vs. Tesla Model S

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

The one that rear ends is always at fault in my country. No discussions possible. Standard court ruling: You should have kept enough distance to stop before hitting the other vehicle. No matter what circumstances or what the other driver did.

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