A DASHCAM secretly filmed a test drive in which mechanics took a customer’s Subaru along a country lane and apparently appeared to aim for all the potholes.
Ben Newbery, a HGV technician from Romford, Essex, had handed his Subaru Impreza over to the Scooby Clinic near Chesterfield, because of brake problems.
Little did the firm know, though, that he had left his dashboard camera filming for the entire time the vehicle was in the hands of the mechanics.
After collecting his car from the workshop, Newbery was furious to see staff had been driving his beloved Impreza along a country lane peppered with potholes which led to the garage.
In a video obtained by Mail Online, the car appears to swerve in the direction of the large potholes, potentially causing damage to the underside of the car.
One of the mechanics can be overheard saying ‘Got that one’ and ‘With a bit of luck we’ll burst the tyre, then maybe he’ll f***ing mend the lane’.
Newbery, 28, told Mail Online: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I saw the video. I got the impression they were trying to damage my vehicle. When I got home, I heard the audio and I was even more frustrated.
‘I use the car to drive my one-year-old daughter around and if I had an accident because of how the car had been treated, it doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened.’
He added: ‘I showed the video to my wife and father and they were furious. My father wanted to ring the company up himself.’
Newbery claims the drive damaged the bumper, but the garage says that was because of a problem with previous work and was repaired for free.
Kevin Knight, owner of the Derbyshire garage, said he hadn’t seen the video but would take action if staff were at fault.
He said: ‘The lane is full of potholes. You cannot miss them. I’ve got members of staff down there today filling them in.
‘I’ve been doing this job for more than 20 years. We take a lot of pride in what we do. There’s no way we would deliberately damage a customer’s car.’
Photo credit: Scooby Clinic Facebook
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