Walking to the car one recent Saturday morning, I pressed the unlock button on the fob, heard the central locking activate and pulled the door handle. It didn’t open the door, so I looked at the remote and pressed the button again, thinking I had pressed the wrong one the first time. Still nothing. That’s when I noticed the slightly odd angle the door handle was sitting at.
Yes, someone had tried, unsuccessfully, to break into the Panda, presumably to steal it as there was nothing of any value on display and the car still has the original head unit. Crouching to examine the lock, you could plainly see where a screwdriver had been inserted and wiggled about with increasing force. So much so, in fact, that the lock section of the handle has been lifted away from the door and left a dent underneath!
This has resulted in my being unable to open the driver’s door and therefore, unable to use the car until it has been repaired. It couldn’t have happened at a worse time, as plenty of work and a business trip has made it impossible to take it to Fiat for repair. Well, I say that, but wrong information given by the service centre saw us use the only time we had to visiting the wrong place.
The Panda is now booked for the 29th October at the correct location, where I imagine a hefty bill awaits.