Man threatened with machete and carjacked after posting Gumtree ad

Two machete-wielding thugs are on the run after setting a trap for a young man who was selling his Subaru on Gumtree, but ended up fearing for his life during a terrifying carjacking.

Adelaide man Todd Chenda posted an ad on Gumtree, thinking it was the best way to sell his pride and joy. Two men soon answered and requested a test drive.

Just as they were taking the Subaru for a spin with the owner in the car, it was slammed in reverse then a blade was allegedly drawn.

Adelaide man Todd Chenda was selling his Subaru on Gumtree, but ended up fearing for his life when he became a carjacking victim. Source: 7 News

“As soon as I turned around I see a guy taunting me with a machete,” Mr Chenda said.

“You think he’s going to hack you to pieces, so I was very scared.

“He was right there ready to … to hack my neck. So as soon as they slowed down enough, I was just out of there.”

Todd Chenda told of how the thieves held a machete to his neck before he jumped from the moving car to escape. Source: 7 News

In a split second, Mr Chenda jumped for his life out of the moving vehicle. 

“I didn’t really think too much in that scenario. I just wanted to be out of the car,” he said.

The carjackers sped off before allegedly stealing fuel from a Noarlunga service station.

They managed to escape police despite being tracked by PolAir through Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

The badly damaged Subaru was dumped after the thieves crashed into a pole and fled on foot. Source: 7 News

The vehicle eventually hit a light pole at Penfield and three men fled the scene on foot.

The badly damaged Subaru has been seized by police for forensic testing.

Police advised anyone looking to sell their vehicle online to meet potential buyers in a busy public area during daylight hours and ask to see ID.

“Learn from my mistakes and ask for a driver’s licence before you sell a vehicle,” Mr Chenda said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.