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The Secret Life of Hire Cars

It comes as no surprise that a variety of weird and wonderful items are left by customers in hire cars.

Unsurprisingly, sunglasses, CDs and loose change are the most common items left in Europcar vehicles. However, some customers carry more intriguing cargo when they travel, as Europcar’s lost property department has recently reported. 

Unusual Items Left in Europcar’s Rental Cars in 2012

  • A live mouse in a cage
  • Two 6×10 ft oil paintings
  • Ashes in an urn
  • 30 plants
  • A hedge trimmer

It was Europcar’s Belfast City Airport branch that found an urn of ashes when a vehicle was returned.  The ashes of a customer’s mother had been brought over from South Africa and the customer was relieved to have them back so that she could scatter them at her mother’s birth place.

But probably the best item left behind was discovered by staff at Europcar’s Blackpool Station location.  It was a life-size dummy, dressed as an old lady and left in the boot of a Ford Focus. The Europcar driver had the fright of his life when he thought he’d found a body!

19th September, 2012

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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