Replacement model for sinkhole car owner

A teenager whose car was swallowed by a 30ft deep sinkhole in her driveway has been given a replacement by motoring website Auto Trader.

The sinkhole that swallowed the car in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, earlier this month. Credit: PA

Zoe Smith's prized Volkswagen Lupo disappeared into the 15-foot wide crater that opened up in her family's home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, earlier this month.

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"It is very surreal when you wake up and find your car has fallen through a big hole in the driveway," the 19-year-old said. "I never expected anyone to get in touch and offer us a new car."

She was invited to choose a replacement Lupo and Auto Trader met the £2,200 cost.

Zoe Smith, whose car was swallowed by a sinkhole with her new car after a motoring website bought her a replacement. Credit: PA/Auto Trader

Jon Quirk, editor in chief at Auto Trader, 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."

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