Car lost in 30-foot sinkhole in Walters Ash, replaced for free

Bucks Free Press: Car lost in 30-foot sinkhole replaced for free Car lost in 30-foot sinkhole replaced for free

A FAMILY in Walters Ash who woke up to find a sinkhole had swallowed one of their cars, have been given a replacement for free.

19-year-old Zoe Smith discovered her car at the bottom of the 30ft hole earlier this month but has now been given a new car by automotive company, Auto Trader.

Miss Smith said: “It was really nice of them, they helped with everything, I am very grateful.”

Zoe Smith had her Volkswagen Lupo, which she named Bruce, for three years and even learnt to drive in it, but she has now replaced him with Lucy.

The new Volkswagen Lupo which she was given two days ago is a 1.4 litre engine, compared to the old car which had a 1.0 litre engine.

Miss Smith said: “It’s nice it is a little bit faster and I have had to be careful as I am scared of scratching it.”

She added: “It is a bit of an upgrade; this one even has electric windows.”

Despite the shocking end her last car met, Miss Smith is unfazed about parking her new vehicle in the same space as before.

She said: “We all thought about it and now it has all been filled back in, it will probably be the safest spot there, so I am going to park in exactly the same area, lighting can’t strike twice.”

The family could not believe the kindness of the car company when they heard that they were offering to buy them a car.

Miss Smith said: “They tried to get our contact details and we were informed by someone that they wanted to get hold of us to see if they could buy us a replacement car. We didn’t believe it.”

After looking for cars online, Miss Smith’s step-father, Phil Conran, narrowed the options to just two cars and Zoe then made her choice.

However, despite being impressed with her new model, which cost Auto Trader £2,200, Miss Smith said she will always remember her first car.

She said: “Bruce was my first car. I used to learn to drive in that car too. He will probably always be my favourite, I do miss him.”

Despite the sinkhole swallowing the car on February 2, Miss Smith was only without a car for a couple of days as local company Coles and Blackwell loaned her a courtesy car, but Miss Smith now has a permanent replacement, thanks to Auto Trader.

Editor in chief at Auto Trader, Jon Quirk, said: “Everyone loves their first car, so when we heard the terrible news of Zoe’s Lupo disappearing into the ground, we really wanted to purchase her a replacement.

“Now she can get back on the road, in her new Volkswagen Lupo and back to life as normal with her friends and family”.

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10:14am Thu 13 Feb 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Did they leave Bruce in the hole?
Did they leave Bruce in the hole? Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: -16

10:24am Thu 13 Feb 14

john_b says...

What a lovely story... but my car is called Lucy, so you are going to have to think of a new name.
What a lovely story... but my car is called Lucy, so you are going to have to think of a new name. john_b
  • Score: 21

11:05am Thu 13 Feb 14

s6blr says...

That's an awesome display of kindness, I love it!
That's an awesome display of kindness, I love it! s6blr
  • Score: 35

2:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Dickitdo says...

What a lovely story, it shows that there are some really lovely people about. Full marks to Auto trader for giving Zoe another car and Full marks to Coles and Blackwell for loaning Zoe a car .How good is all that ,restores faith in human kindness.
What a lovely story, it shows that there are some really lovely people about. Full marks to Auto trader for giving Zoe another car and Full marks to Coles and Blackwell for loaning Zoe a car .How good is all that ,restores faith in human kindness. Dickitdo
  • Score: 51

3:14pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jordas20 says...

I saw Zoe waiting at the bus stop this morning, so she obviously doesn't have it yet. Pretty girl.
I saw Zoe waiting at the bus stop this morning, so she obviously doesn't have it yet. Pretty girl. jordas20
  • Score: -26

4:08pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jacqueli26 says...

You say lightening won't strike twice but its the second time a sinkhole has opened up on that drive, the first bring 15 years ago!!
You say lightening won't strike twice but its the second time a sinkhole has opened up on that drive, the first bring 15 years ago!! jacqueli26
  • Score: 5

3:25am Fri 14 Feb 14

buftonp13 says...

What a nice gesture. But I wonder if they would be so kind to an ugly bloke. Bet the parents could afford to buy her a new one anyway. Money always goes to money. That's the way of the world. Best of luck to her though and Lucy lol
What a nice gesture. But I wonder if they would be so kind to an ugly bloke. Bet the parents could afford to buy her a new one anyway. Money always goes to money. That's the way of the world. Best of luck to her though and Lucy lol buftonp13
  • Score: -7

8:20am Fri 14 Feb 14

Wycombite says...

jordas20 wrote:
I saw Zoe waiting at the bus stop this morning, so she obviously doesn't have it yet. Pretty girl.
Sounds like you are stalking her!! Good publicity for Auto Trader however, good on them though for stepping in
[quote][p][bold]jordas20[/bold] wrote: I saw Zoe waiting at the bus stop this morning, so she obviously doesn't have it yet. Pretty girl.[/p][/quote]Sounds like you are stalking her!! Good publicity for Auto Trader however, good on them though for stepping in Wycombite
  • Score: 15

12:46pm Fri 14 Feb 14

big don g the 1st says...

jordas20 wrote:
I saw Zoe waiting at the bus stop this morning, so she obviously doesn't have it yet. Pretty girl.
bet she can't wait to get it now and avoid having to wait at the bus stop. stay away from her washing line.
[quote][p][bold]jordas20[/bold] wrote: I saw Zoe waiting at the bus stop this morning, so she obviously doesn't have it yet. Pretty girl.[/p][/quote]bet she can't wait to get it now and avoid having to wait at the bus stop. stay away from her washing line. big don g the 1st
  • Score: -7

7:26am Sat 15 Feb 14

FedUp1980 says...

jordas20 wrote:
I saw Zoe waiting at the bus stop this morning, so she obviously doesn't have it yet. Pretty girl.
What a creepy thing to say :-/
[quote][p][bold]jordas20[/bold] wrote: I saw Zoe waiting at the bus stop this morning, so she obviously doesn't have it yet. Pretty girl.[/p][/quote]What a creepy thing to say :-/ FedUp1980
  • Score: 10

9:11am Sun 16 Feb 14

bucksresident23 says...

Well done to Auto Trader and to Coles and Blackwell. This story made me smile.
Well done to Auto Trader and to Coles and Blackwell. This story made me smile. bucksresident23
  • Score: 7

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