Christmas has come early for one lucky customer of a North Tyneside motor retailer, who has scooped a £5,000 prize.
Christopher Toole of Great Park in Newcastle entered the 69 Plate competition at Lookers Volkswagen Silverlink on the purchase of his new all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf.
He would be rewarded for his environmentally conscious choice of car when he returned from a family holiday in Turkey, with staff at the dealership delighted to hand him £5,000 in holiday vouchers when he visited them to take the vehicle home.
The team kept the prize a secret from Mr Toole right throughout his visit to the dealership, where he also discussed features such as range and charge times with a Volkswagen Master Technician.
It was only when he was about to leave that he was told about his win by Simon Milne, Brand Manager for Lookers Volkswagen Silverlink.
Mr Milne said: “Mr Toole has joined the ever-increasing number of people that have shifted over to electric driving and, so far, he has been delighted with the purchase of his new Volkswagen e-Golf.
“He left the car with us for a week while he went to Turkey on holiday as he had some questions regarding charge times and mileage limits. I knew he had won the prize at this point but chose to deliver the great news once he returned as a way of making his holiday blues a little bit easier to cope with.”
The whole experience has certainly had a positive impact on Mr Toole’s young son, Daniel, 11, who has now decided that he wants to pursue a career in car retail.
Mr Toole said: “I can’t thank everyone at Lookers Volkswagen Silverlink enough for such an amazing surprise. We’re absolutely over the moon with our new car, but this surprise has absolutely blown us away. I’ve never won anything before, so this was truly amazing.
“My son actually got really emotional when we were told. Even before we were told about the prize, Daniel wanted to work at the dealership because of the way everyone was so nice to us. Now, after winning this, I’m sure he’ll be knocking on their door when he’s old enough.”