The owner of a Volkswagen Golf was left horrified after leaving the car at Halfords Autocentre in Rochdale, Greater Manchester – only to be told that her car had been stolen mid-test.
Emma Shepherd had left her car with the fast fit at 12.35 but received a call later that afternoon from branch technicians who said her car had been stolen.
She said: “I am just really shocked and thought it was all a joke at first.
“It was stolen off the MOT test bay whilst in their possession and they have got no CCTV.
“It is quite shocking.
“I got a call from Halfords at around 2.20pm.
“They said they had some awful news.
“I thought the car had failed its MOT but they said the car had been stolen.
“I just could not believe it.
“They said they had rang the police and I was told to come down as soon as possible.
“Apparently the person came into the test centre and into a work yard, pushed a mechanic out of the way then jumped into the car and nearly ran him over as he stole the car.
“The police have been in touch and I have given them an account.
“Apparently a mechanic was injured too.
“I have been told it was having its MOT at the time and the keys were in the car because they were testing emissions.”
Emma’s car had her youngest child’s pram and car seat inside, as well as an iPod.
She has now contacted the chief executive of Halfords to complain.