A PETROLHEAD has claimed parts from his classic Renault have appeared for sale on Facebook – 19 years after they went missing.
Phil Abodium said he spent months upgrading his beloved Renault 5 Turbo before it was stripped of its parts.
Mirrorpix Phil said he was shocked to see parts for sale 19 years later
The dad-of-one added several custom modifications to his hatchback but claims a rogue garage worker then secretly stripped it down in 1999.
The car nut told the Sunday Mirror that he believes they’ve now resurfaced on a Renault specialist Facebook group.
He said he was shocked to see the car’s bonnet for sale online and then found other parts that belonged to him bundled together worth £1,000.
The 41-year-old said: “At the time the car was worth about £1,500. Now it would be a collector’s item, worth about £12,000.
Mirrorpix Phil claimed this Facebook group had his parts advertised
“I’d taken it to the garage to be spray-painted. I wasn’t in any rush to get it back, I was working on other cars too.
“But after a couple of months I called to see what was going on. I couldn’t get a straight answer so I went down to see the lad who’d been painting it.
“They told me he’d left. We went round the back – and what was left of my car was there. It was just a shell with bits of the engine still on it. I was gutted. Someone had had a free-for-all.”
A police investigation found no leads although Phil did spot another Renault 5 near the garage in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
Renault 5 Turbo was an iconic hatchback (stock)
It was fitted with some new limited edition dashboard dials and bumpers that were his.
Phil told the Mirror: “They told me they’d bought them in good faith from the lad who had disappeared from the other place.”
Phil, who buys old cars before renovating them and selling them on said he logged onto Facebook and couldn’t believe seeing his old parts – including a bonnet, spoiler and wheel arches – 19 years later.
He said: “I knew it straight away, it was unique. I’d cut two little vents into it. It had looked amazing, in pearl white. Someone’s done a bad spray job on it, in black – but I knew it was mine.”
The Time You Waste In Traffic Revealed – Equal To Watching 775 Game Of Thrones Episodes And Making 8,900 Cups Of Tea
BRITISH drivers spend hours each month stuck in traffic on roads around the country.
But how much time are you actually wasting by sitting in gridlock on the motorway?
Alamy The average Brit spends 31 hours each year in traffic
Go Compare have created a new tool that allows you to work out exactly how many hours you have spent staring at the back of another car throughout your driving career.
And for those of us that have been on the road for more than a decade, the results might shock you.
Based on the stat that the average Brit spends approximately 31 hours in traffic delays each year, the comparison website crunched the numbers for a 40-year-old motorist with a 23-year driving career.
They found that driver would have spent a whopping 713 hours stuck in congestion, at a cost of nearly £27,000 in wasted fuel and time.
Getty – Contributor Drivers could be spending their time do much more than just getting frustrated by gridlock
Using that same amount of time, the driver could have seen 474 games of football, made 8,913 cups of tea, or dithered away their time watching 178 coats of paint dry.
They could have completed 153 marathons, or even had a marathon TV binge and got through 775 episodes of Game of Thrones.
And even in their first year of driving alone, Brits waste so much time they could have seen 20 football matches, flown to Sydney and back one and half times, and completed almost seven marathons.
On top of the wasted time, traffic delays will cost new drivers just over £1,000 in their first 12 months on the road.
Direct Line Reveals New Car Insurance Policy That Means You Won’t Lose Your No Claims Discount If Damage Isn’t Your Fault
FEW things are more frustrating for a driver than losing your no claims discount because someone else has damaged your car.
But a new insurance policy now means that drivers can still make an claim without losing their benefit – as long as the incident isn’t their fault.
Corbis – Getty Drivers can now make certain insurance claims without losing the NCD
Car insurance provider, Direct Line, recently announced changes to their standard comprehensive insurance policies that will allow drivers to make a claim and still keep their NCD.
From damage caused by potholes and wild animals to the car being stolen or flooded, drivers will be more covered to make a claim if the damage isn’t their fault.
Motorists can even make a claim to cover damage incurred while their car is parked, or as a result of being hit by an object or debris – but not including another car.
When making a claim, you will still need to pay any excess included in your policy, but you’ll keep your NCD and your next premium won’t be affected.
Incidents that won’t affect your No Claims Discount (NCD) with a Direct Line policy
Damage caused by potholes or poor road maintenance Fire and/or theft (both contents and the car itself) Hit whilst parked Flood Hit or hit by a wild or domestic animal Hit by object or debris (excluding vehicles)
This Is The Top Reason Brits Fail Their Driving Test – And It’s Not Parking Errors
THE most common reasons for Brits to fail their driving test have been revealed – and they aren’t as obvious as you might think.
While Brits certainly aren’t known for their incredible parking skills, tricky manoeuvres weren’t the main reason drivers had to re-sit their test.
Getty – Contributor Failing to look properly at junctions is the most common reason for drivers to fail their test
A recent study, conducted by Warranty Direct, found that the most common reason new drivers would fail their practical test was because they did not properly observe the risks at a junction.
Junctions posed a number of issues during driving tests, with many motorists failing when trying to turn right at a crossroads.
Drivers were also highly likely to fail their test for not using their mirrors properly when making a turn.
While parking manoeuvres weren’t as common, reverse parking did come in third on the list, just above poor steering ability.
Top 5 most common reasons for failing your driving test
Observation at junctions Use of mirrors when changing direction Reverse park/left reverse Lack of control (steering) Turning right at junctions
Getty – Contributor The UK’s driver pass rate is improving
According to the study, 2017 had the highest driving test pass rate in the last 11 years.
The UK pass rate is currently at 47 per cent, having risen by four per cent since 2006.
The number of drivers to pass their practical with no faults has also spiked in the last year.
Just 3,329 drivers passed with a clean slate in 2006, compared to a massive 17,950 Brits last year – a rise of over 400 per cent.
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