The renter eventually went to Kathu Police Station in Patong when it became evident his ''friend'' Andy was not such a friend after all.
Sapornchai Turnthin,43, told police at the station, which oversees Patong, that he had last seen his new black four-door Vigo on April 16.
''Andy and I had been friends for five years,'' he told police. ''That's why I didn't worry about getting any details from him or formalising the deal. Andy was a friend.''
Khun Sapornchai said his friend hailed from Hungary, and said that he'd really like the Vigo to show his parents, who were coming to visit, around Thailand.
News of the vehicle's disappearance was reported to police on May 28 and officers now think that ''Andy'' has probably taken the vehicle to Chonburi to dispose of it.
Khun Sapornchai, keen to get the Vigo back, has offered a 10,000 baht reward for information leading to an arrest, with 30,000 baht for police.