Squirrels eat man's Toyota

29 January 2015

squirrel A man who owns a Toyota Aygo reckons it's being munched away by squirrels. Yes, you hear - squirrels!

Tony Steeles from Croydon said his car kept being targeted by hungry squirrel gangs, hell bent on feasting on the eco-friendly bits of the vehicle.

Mr Steeles first noticed teeth marks on his rubber areas, and suspected those varmints because only the roof was affected. Tony said: "I got a new car from Toyota. I'd not had it very long and I noticed that some of the rubber parts of the car, like the aerial, were being damaged."

"So I had to call out the AA because the car had lights coming on the dashboard. He looked at it and said it's rodent or squirrel damage."

"So I took it back and got it repaired. This happened a few times and eventually I got it replaced. Since then I keep the car in the garage. I could see the teeth marks. It was definitely some sort of wildlife, and I thought it was a squirrel not a rat because the area affected was on the roof.”

Speaking to Auto Express, Mr Steele said: “The aerial’s been chewed off twice, the oxygen sensor’s been damaged and various rubber-like trim parts have been chewed.”

Handy tip, from someone who has been there: wasabi paste. Smear your aerial with that. Foxes don't like wasabi paste. Even the fancy inner London ones.

A spokesman for Toyota told Auto Express: “We have had very few complaints of this occurring in the UK.” But said they would "investigate if any improvements can be made to the design of our products to deter rodents". Mr Steeles added: “To be honest, Toyota have been quite good about it.”

Which is quite good really.

TOPICS:   Travel   Motoring

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