A family pet was just one of the more unusual items accidentally left behind in a part-exchange car, according to Motorpoint – the UK’s largest independent car retailer.
The research comes off the back of a big influx of part-exchange vehicles at its network of branches in England, Scotland and Wales, following the successful return of non-essential retail, plus cars from its sister company Auction4Cars.
And, in their excitement to driveaway in their new wheels as quickly as possible, a number of customers have inadvertently forgotten to empty their old vehicle of some of their most prized possessions.
While these have included the usual suspects such as house keys, parking permits, sunglasses, debit and credit cards as well as money and phone chargers, a number of more ‘unusual’ items have been left behind for staff to try and re-unite with their owners.
- A dog
- A hay bale
- A (not so secret) stash of adults DVDs
- Wedding rings
- Hairdressing dolls heads
- A tree
- False teeth
- An uneaten Subway
- George Foreman grill
“We are all guilty of leaving things behind when we are in a rush, such as our phones, wallets and keys, so it’s certainly only natural that our customers do the same in the midst of their excitement and eagerness to drive away in their new car,” said Nikki Bamford, Head of Customer Services at Motorpoint.
“We have, however, been left a little bit taken aback with some of the strange things that have been left in some of our customers old cars. Thankfully, we’ve been able to re-unite most items with their rightful, and in the case of the dog, relieved owners.”