Mr Ashraf's limo was burned by angry protestors
Muhammad Ashraf, owner of the Nationwide Chauffeured Services, has spoken to insurance companies about replacing his burnt limo but it remains unclear whether insurance companies will fork out to cover the cost of the damage.
Mr Ashraf, who moved to the US from Pakistan more than 30 years ago and has owned his limousine business for 25 years, estimated he face a bill anywhere between £31,900-£80,000 ($40,000-$100,000) if insurance companies decide not to pay out.
Yet even if his insurance firm does pay out, Mr Ashraf still expects to pay between £23,900-£31,900 ($30,000-$40,000).
The businessman told Express.co.uk the torching of his limo could have been prevented if police had allowed him to tow it away after it had initially been vandalised.
His driver, Luis Villarroel, was injured in a scuffle with protestors and received medical attention for his minor injuries but was extremely shaken by the incident. He informed his boss, Mr Ashraf, that the limousine was damaged by protestors.
Protestors scorched Mr Ashraf's limo
I respect people’s right to protest and have your voice heard but that doesn’t mean you you can damage other people’s property which affects people’s lives
Yet after the assault on his driver and vehicle, angry protestors torched the limousine some time after – only for Mr Ashraf to find out through television.
Mr Ashram, who lives and runs his business from Washington DC, told the Express.co.uk of the “sinking” feeling when he realised his livelihood was destroyed by reckless protestors.
He said: “I respect people’s right to protest and have your voice heard but that doesn’t mean you you can damage other people’s property which affects people’s lives."
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Mr Ashraf described America as an "amazing country" and claimed he has never experienced such violent protests.
The limo business said did not support Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims but believed his fellow countrymen should get behind their President.
He said: “Obviously I don’t like what he was saying but I want to see how he handles being President.
“I don’t think he will do everything he said during the campaign but I respect the fact he is now our leader.”
Police clashed with protestors in Washington DC
Mr Ashraf claimed he was touched after a fellow limousine business in Florida set-up a GoFundMe page to cover the costs of the damage caused.
More than £9,500 ($12,000) has been raised so far.