A mechanic found the animal behind the vehicle’s steering wheel after the owner reported hearing a “funny noise” from inside the car. The family had reported a “scratching and rattling” sound coming from the VW Tiguan which they had only just purchased.
“The people who own the car have a lot of pets and a lot of rabbits – and they must have left the car door open for it to hop on board.
“The mystery of the whole thing was that you couldn’t see anything in there until we took it apart.”
The family were said to have been “relieved” when they came back to collect the vehicle.
Mr Jones said: “The wellbeing of our customers and the wellbeing of their animals are all part and parcel of the care we give.”
Even slight damage to these panels could lead to small animals scurrying inside.
Drivers are also encouraged to design small animal shelters next to their vehicle which could deter them from jumping inside.
Evans Halshaw says animals use a vehicle to seek some refuge from the warm sun or bitter winter frost.
Building a small enclosure for animals will encourage them to use it when they need to, meaning they will likely stay away from your vehicle.
There is no strict law in place surrounding whether drivers can drive a vehicle with animals unrestrained.
However, this could easily distract drivers who could then be stopped for careless driving.
Car insurance firms are also likely to invalidate a policy and refuse to pay out for claims if you have an accident with a pet unrestrained in a car.
Published at Wed, 19 Aug 2020 14:29:10 +0000