A red Honda Prelude went up in flames in the Polo Park Shopping Centre parking lot early Sunday afternoon.

The 19-year-old driver, Austin Ahmo, said smoke started pouring out from underneath the hood around 2:30 p.m. when he and his girlfriend, Ashlee Mandarino, were driving down the parkade ramp near the Hudson Bay mall entrance.

Mandarino said they were scared and pulled over to the side of the parking lot by St. James Street near Canadian Tire.

The two got out of the car and a minute later it was engulfed in flames.

Ahmo bought the car three days ago for $1000 on Kijiji.

Firefighters arrived on the scene but the cause of the fire isn't yet known.