Backchat was intrigued at how resilient British-made cars can be – and their tracking systems.

Three weeks after his Jaguar XK8 was declared a write-off after being damaged in the floods, the owner from Brighton was surprised to receive a call saying his car was being driven in Kent.

The owner had believed the car had completed its final journey to a salvage merchants after being written off.

But, as the Jag waited to be turned into scrap metal, someone in the scrap yard decided to see if it started and the Jag promptly alerted a car tracking centre that it had an unauthorised driver at the wheel.

Now instead of a payout of £40,000 from insurers Groupama, the owner, has had the car repaired at a likely cost of £10,000.