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.

"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."