Rabbits going after cars in popular DIA parking lot

8:04 AM, Oct 6, 2010   |    comments
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"I'm just headed into retirement and wanted to buy a car that was a little more dependable," Meyer said.

He drove it to the Pikes Peak Parking Lot at Denver International Airport and headed out for a nine-day vacation. When he returned, the car he thought was so dependable was not.

"I turned on the ignition and all these lights started flashing, I pulled out the manual and it said I had a big problem so I took back to the dealership," Meyer said.

"The service manager said, 'Your wiring has been eaten by a rodent probably.' I said, 'I live in Stapleton.' 'I'm not aware of any rodents running around Stapleton.' And then he said, 'You didn't have the car parked at DIA did you?' And I said, 'Actually, yes that's where I picked the car up.' And he said, 'We've had a significant number of problems with rabbits eating through the wiring in people's cars.'"

Meyer filed a complaint with the DIA Risk Management Department about the damages.

"They said they were aware of the problem but basically said we don't know how to solve it... They said we have a fence and I said, 'I understand that, but it's clearly not working,'" he said.

After spending $238, Meyer's car is like new but he now just wants airport parking lot customers to know what happened to him and be aware of the problem.

"I'm just concerned people know and that the airport is at least notifying people," Meyer said.

DIA officials say they see about a dozen of these claims every year.

They declined to be on camera or release a statement about this particular instance saying that it's impossible to prove it happened at the airport.

Larry Miller Dealership in Lakewood is where Meyer took his car. A service manager there confirmed the car was repaired for damage caused by rodents or rabbits.

He also confirmed that the dealership has seen at least a handful of cars come in recently with the owners saying their car warning lights came on after being parked at DIA.

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