Purolator Filters Pranks Customers in Hidden Camera Shop Stunt

Ever wonder what it’s like being informed by a mechanic that an oven mitt was found in your engine, or told your blinker fluid needed to be changed? Not likely. A few unsuspecting customers at an automotive repair shop, based in Buffalo, New York, can't say the same.

Filtration company Purolator recently set up hidden cameras in the shop and hired an actor to take on a mechanic role who informed real customers of absurd engine compartment object discoveries. And the jokes didn’t stop there. The fake mechanic also tried to convince the customers that their vehicles were in need of outlandish maintenance items, such as tightening the Pomeranian clamp and a stalagmite flush.

“The hidden camera stunt was a fun way to remind drivers to let nothing get by them when it comes to taking proper care of their vehicles,” said Tina Davis, senior marketing manager for MANN+HUMMEL Purolator Filters LLC.

Purolator’s prank aims to place preventative vehicle maintenance top-of-mind in an entertaining and unique way, while also educating individuals about the superior quality of its lines of filtration products, according to the company.

To capture these shenanigans, Purolator compiled a series of videos featuring the most memorable customer reactions. Needless to say, the outcome was quite humorous, but with a subtle car care message.

The above video is just one of many videos created from this prank. View others by visiting Purolator's YouTube page.

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