My £15k Kia was driven 300 miles after I left it with ‘cowboy’ airport parking firm – they even took my chewing gum | The Sun

A STUNNED holidaymaker returned from a six-day break to discover her car had an extra 300 miles on the clock.

Nicola Moss left her £15,000 Kia Sportage at Heathrow Airport before jetting off to Las Vegas to celebrate her 10-year wedding anniversary.

She paid more than 50 quid for Skylink Parking Services to keep the motor safe while she was away.

But after an arduous British Airways flight home, she was horrified to find her just-filled tank drained.

There was also a "mess" in the footwell, a leather wallet moved and iPhone charging cable missing – and even her tub of chewing gum had been polished off.

Nicola said: "I was fuming, heartbroken in fact. I felt violated."


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The mum-of-two and her husband flew to Nevada on September 26.

She filled her car up with fuel on the way to the airport and it had 298 miles left when she dropped it off at Heathrow.

But upon collection at Terminal 3 on October 1, there were just 12 in the tank.

Nicola, from Derby, said: "We'd been awake for almost 24 hours and waited two hours and 20 minutes for our car to be returned.

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"The guy chucked the key on the car seat and dashed off. 

"I was already highly emotional because of the journey, but when we picked up the car I noticed immediately that things were out of place. 

"There was a mess in the footwell and my tub of chewing gum was empty.

"I also keep a leather wallet in the passenger door and that was on the floor.

"I just felt very on edge."

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Nicola, who booked the £51.91 meet and greet service through the website Mobit Airport Parking, said they jumped into the vehicle and instantly got the 'low fuel' notification.

"We filled the tank en route to the airport and now it had 12 miles left," she said.

"I called Skylink straight away and they hung up and never answered again. 

"We were in need of petrol so I went to plug my phone in to use maps on my iPhone and the charging cable was gone. I felt hopeless. 

"We'd been to Vegas and the budget was tight. Then we had to find more money to get home."

In the days that followed, Nicola said she felt "violated" by what had happened.

"I hated the thought that someone had rummaged through my belongings," she added.

"I've emailed Skylink and the comparison website we booked through to complain but nothing has come of it. 

"I Googled the company while we were waiting for them to return our car and I could see they were terrible.

"By the time it turned up I was just glad it was safe and in one piece."

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The Sun has approached Skylink and Mobit Airport Parking.

Heathrow urged anyone who has fallen victim to a dodgy parking firm to register a complaint with Trading Standards.

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