Dude where’s my car? Man who thought his ute was stolen finds it in the most unusual place due to a security glitch and a bizarre chain of events – so could it happen to you?
- Josh Bingham’s Toyota Hilux went missing from Noosaville in Queensland
- He reported it stolen and roped his family and friends into tracking it down
- Their hunt went viral on social media and many offered to help him out
- It was a few doors down after a security glitch allowed someone else to drive it
- The unusual glitch could happen to others according to the RACQ but it is rare
A security glitch, sloppy apprentice and a case of mistaken identity combined to leave a man fearing his prized ute was stolen.
Josh Bingham was heading to work at a craft brewery in Noosaville, in Queensland’s northern Sunshine Coast, when he noticed his car wasn’t parked where he left it.
He ran around frantically trying to find it but when he lost hope he called police to report it stolen, ABC reported.
He turned to his friends and even his mum who took to social media to help solve the mystery of the missing pick-up.
Josh Bingham (pictured left) was heading to work at a craft brewery in Noosaville, in Queensland’s northern Sunshine Coast, when he noticed his car wasn’t parked where he left it
Hundreds of shares later, the young man started receiving messages from people across the town who offered to lend him a hand until he found the ute.
But in a bizarre turn of events, the vehicle was actually just a few doors down from where he left it after case of mistaken identity.
The owner of another Toyota Hilux booked his ute it in for a service and handed the keys to a mechanic, telling him it was parked around the corner.
The apprentice dispatched to retrieve the vehicle went to the first one he saw, which happened to be Mr Bingham’s.
A security glitch between the two cars meant the other man’s keys managed to unlock Mr Bingham’s car and start the engine.
The wrong Toyota Hilux was driven to the workshop and the mechanic’s began to service it.
Mr Bingham’s friends were the first to realise the error and raised the alarm much to his relief.
They walked past the mechanic’s workshop and saw Mr Bingham’s car on the hoist and went in to tell him there’d been a mistake.
Josh Bingham (pictured) was heading out to work at a craft brewery when he noticed his car wasn’t parked where he left it
‘I was in the brewhouse, cleaning away on a tank, and just as I was talking my boss about what happened, a mechanic came walking in and he said ‘Mate, I think we might have your car’,’ Mr Bingham said.
Mr Bingham’s usual mechanic had also seen the car being driven during a test for the service and knew something was not right.
‘He saw it drive past his shop, so he immediately jumped into his car and chased down my car that was on the road and it was just this, you know, innocent mechanic trying to fix this car,’ Mr Bingham said.
Although the ordeal left Mr Bingham stressed about the state of his car, he ended up getting a much-needed service for free.
RACQ principal technical researcher Russell Manning said that although it’s a rare occurrence, incidents like Mr Bingham’s do happen.
Mr Manning said that the design of the lock means there’s a limited amount of key combinations.
‘So there’s a possibility that if you try enough keys you will find one that is either the same or is close enough to it to start the other car,’ he said.
In a bizarre turn of events, the vehicle was actually just a few doors down and was being serviced by a mechanic (stock image of a Toyota Hilux)