Our niece, who’s using our car while she’s home from overseas, had noticed an unusual noise coming from near one of the rear wheels.
She booked the car in for a check-up, took it in on Friday, locked it and gave the key to the receptionist.
A few hours later we got a phone call – a mechanic had unlocked the car, checked something, left the key in it and gone to do something else. When he got back the car had gone.
No-one at the workshop had seen anything untoward but the logical conclusion was it had been stolen so they reported it to the police.
A couple of hours later we got another call.
The car was on the back of a transporter en route to Christchurch.
The transport driver had called in to pick up a light blue Toyota Camry and had been given the key, with the registration number attached.
He’d ignored the information about the model and registration and gone for the colour instead – a light blue Toyota Corolla, found another key on the seat, used it to start the car, loaded it onto the transporter and headed north.
We got a phone call yesterday afternoon to tell us the car had been returned, the source of the noise found and fixed and our niece had picked it up.
She reported when she went to get it, the car had been locked and the key was in the office.
Methinks they’ve reviewed their practice of leaving keys in cars while in the yard even though this time it was an honest mistake and not a theft.