THE owner of a car dealer in Hull says he’s being ‘forced to close’ his business, after vandals destroyed 23 of his vehicles in one night.
Pete White, of the Cars 4 Less dealership in Whitham, near Hull says that of the ruined cars, 21 are damaged beyond repair, and puts the estimate of getting the site up and running again at almost £30,000.
The spree of vandalism saw 84 tyres slashed, windscreen wiper and indicator stalks snapped off, airvents ‘kicked in’, paint stripper poured over roofs and even front and back seats slashed.
‘You can tell by the type of damage that whoever did this knew exactly what they were doing and how to inflict maximum damage,’ White told the Hull Daily Mail.
‘When I turned up, I saw a couple of tyres had been slashed. I could deal with that. Then I walked around and saw the other damage. I was totting up the damage.’
White says he’s considering closing the site altogether – simply from fear of another attack.
‘It’s just not worth getting the cars repaired. It could happen again. If it was just one or two cars I could get them repaired. But it would take a month or two to get all these cars re-sprayed and back into saleable condition. I am going to cut my losses and sell the cars for scrap – I might get a couple of hundred quid for each one.
‘That’s the end of the business.’
It’s thought that wiring feeds to security lights were cut before the attack took place, allowing the vandals to destroy the Vauxhalls, Renaults, Fiats, Fords, Nissans and more.
‘A number of cars were damaged at Cars 4 Less in Witham between 5pm on March 11 and 9am on March 12,’ said a Humberside Police spokeswoman.
‘It is estimated about 23 cars were damaged and anyone with information can call 101, quoting crime reference 1962633’