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My car was stolen. Advice/stories?
By okiedancer
On Mon May 04, 2009 09:43 PM

So I haven't posted on here for a really long time but I could use some advice. On Friday night, I slept at my boyfriend's place and street parked my car about 2 blocks from his apartment. It's not the nicest area, but definitely not terrible. I went out the next afternoon around noon, it wasn't there. I have a terrible memory so I figured I'd search the streets. I spent about 20 minutes searching before I gave up and called the impound lot thinking it had been towed. No luck and was told to file a police report. After waiting at the intersection where my car was stolen for two hours, I talked to the police for about 5 minutes and filed my claim. Now I don't know what to do. I called my insurance but I'm in the dilemma of how long I should wait for my car to show up. I loved my car. It wasn't the nicest- an '01 white chevy cavalier- but it had gotten my through a couple of accidents, years of memories and only had at most 70,000 miles on it. The ironic thing, the driveway next to where I parked had a Lamborghini, a Maserati, and a Lexus, and my guess is that all the cars on the street had to be at least $10,000 more than my chevy. I do get some personal satisfaction that all they really got out of my car was 2 prescriptions... for birth control and my lamictal, ha ha. I'm mainly asking to see if anyone has any advice on what to do. Or if anyone has been in a similar situation and what they did. Or any positive stories? I've heard plenty of not so great ones like getting their car back but it's completely junked out. It wouldn't be that big of a deal except I work in the suburbs about 20 minutes outside the city where unfortunately no buss lines travel. And if I ride my bike, it would take at least an hour. Sorry if this is long but I miss my car and am at a loss on what to do.

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By Angelinamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue May 05, 2009 12:41 AM
That really sucks, I'm so sorry it happened to you :( I'd be completely devatstated if my car got stolen. No advice really, just wanted to say that and I hope you do get it back.
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By KiwiMoomember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue May 05, 2009 07:56 AM
Not sure how it works where you are, but once you've notified the insurance company, they'll wait a fixed amount of days (usually less than a month) for the car to show up. If it doesn't, they'll give you a check for the car's current value (if you have that coverage).
I was robbed at gunpoint 4 months ago, the guy took my car and all my stuff with it... the car was never recovered, so I got the money and bought a new car.
The recovery rates differ VERY widely from country to country; where I live, about 40% of cars are recovered.
It sucks to have your car stolen. I was in shock for the first few days, but, considering I spent 3 months without a car, which, where I live is a big deal, I ended up getting used to the situation, and tried to make the best of it.
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By DancingDiva736member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue May 05, 2009 09:22 AM
My car was stolen, and I know exactly how you feel. They did end up finding it about 3 days later-it was empty of all of my things and partially stripped. My car was only a year old, so they fixed it rather than paid for it. Aside from the fact that I lost alot of personal belongings(and learned my lesson about leaving things in the car) I got my car back and once it was fixed it was just like new, and the place had gotten a deep detail clean on it because they said I'd been violated enough by having my things taken so they wanted to clean it up as much as possible to help me get passed it.

I lived in a horrible city with an even worse police department, and they weren't much help. I wanted them to print the car because I wanted to press charges, but three days later they hadn't sent a detective out to fingerprint it and it needed to get fixed, so they towed it out the shop and we never did get to find anything out.

Hopefully your experience will be better, and they will find it in one piece. Sometimes it is just some kids that decide they want to drive around for the night and they leave it in the same condition they found it in(with the exception of the door lock or the ignition.) Good luck and let us know if they find it.
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By LlamaLlamaDuckmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue May 05, 2009 09:37 AM
My parents had their mini van stolen from a wedding reception. It was parked between several luxury vehicles.

Basically they take the more ordinary car because it's more likely to blend in. Most likely they just wanted to go for a joy ride.

My parents got their van back, the seats had been torn up. It was found a few days later.
re: My car was stolen. Advice/stories?
By kandykanePremium member
On Tue May 05, 2009 10:07 AM
If you haven't reported this to your insurance company, you need to do so ASAP. They will tell you what to do. Depending on your policy, you may get a rental car for a few days.

Sorry about your car, I had one stolen and it does suck. On the bright side, I got enough money to make a nice downpayment on another car that I liked much better than the one that was stolen.

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By Chaconnemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue May 05, 2009 02:40 PM
It hasn't happened to me, but it happened to my son twice, both times with different company trucks. The first time, it was stolen from a Big Box strip mall where he was in Border's Books.

Later that afternoon, the crooks used the car in a stick-up of a 7-11. They abandoned my son's pick-up but left some incriminating evidence though they got away by stealing another car. Then the irony starts to set in. The cop who responded to the 7-11 stick-up was my secretary's husband. One of the fellows who stole the truck had a kid in the school where my wife was the principal (in a different county.) He was estranged from the boy's mom and didn't go to the place where the kid lived. About two months later, he stole another truck, tried to stick up another 7-11 in yet another area, but there was a police stake out at the 7-11. When he was cornered, he tried to shoot his way out of the trap rather than surrendering, but was killed by police return fire. No tears were shed in this family.

Another time, my son's truck was stolen from his then residence, a town house parking lot. The crooks must have been running a parts racket, for the truck was found the next day with a door neatly removed. We heard no follow-up on that one, but not too long after a couple of parts thievery cases were broken in that county. We don't know if they were the ones who got the truck door.

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By dangslowmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue May 05, 2009 05:43 PM
Just buy another Cav. Even IF the cops find your car, it will be in such crappy shape that you wont want it back.
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By TheMidlakeMusemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue May 05, 2009 05:52 PM
The reason your car was probably stolen over those other nicer cars is that they have advanced theft deterrent systems. That's why the Camry is the top stolen car in the US and not the Mercedes S-class or something along those lines.

So sorry this happened to you--hopefully your insurance will cover it and you'll be back to normal soon.

re: My car was stolen. Advice/stories?
By okiedancer
On Tue May 05, 2009 08:57 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments. I called the insurance company and thankfully have pretty good theft coverage so once they get the forms filed, I should get some money back. I'm about to start looking for cars, I might give it a couple more days but if the statistic that 40% are recovered is true, I probably should start looking. I'm so sorry to the above responder about having their car stolen at gunpoint, that's terrible! I hope you're doing okay now- that must have really shaken you up. I just have to keep reminding myself that it could have been a heck of a lot worse and it's only a car. And Dani, you're right. I locked my keys in my car earlier this year and seeing how easy it was for the locksmith to get in... ya. So looks like I'll start up the car search. Anyone have any cheap, reliable cars they recommend?

Thanks again everyone!
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By oz_helenmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed May 06, 2009 12:15 AM
My number one piece of advice for anyone with a car:

Get an immobiliser installed and use a club lock.

The club lock will deter crims from breaking into the car in the first place (they'll look for the next easiest car to steal). The immobiliser will prevent the car being started without your key.

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By DancingDiva736member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Wed May 06, 2009 08:12 AM
^Agreed. I got a kill switch put on my car after it was stolen. You can get them in a variety of ways and it wasn't expensive. There is basically a switch hidden inside my car somewhere and you have to hold that switch while you turn the key or the car won't start. I also used a club for a while to lock the steering wheel in place. You turn the wheel all the way to the side and lock the wheel there, they can't turn it so obviously they can't drive it away.

Did your insurance company tell you how long you have to wait for a payoff? Alot of times they have a certain length of time you have to wait before they will cut you a check. You may want to see if you have rental coverage on your policy and check into a rental in the meantime.
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By Shnaynaymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon May 11, 2009 05:44 AM
My car was stolen from in front of my house at some point between during the night or early morning last summer. I walked downstairs, thinking I was going to Dunkin Donuts, and I just stopped short, thinking, "This street is awfully empty for a street that's supposed to have my car on it."

Then, like you, I started wondering if it was just my memory messing with me, if maybe I'd been out the night before and gotten a ride home, or if my car was really at the shop, or something ... but that's just denial, because I knew perfectly well I had parked right across the street from my front door, and that my car had to have been stolen.

My room mate came home and freaked out with me for a few minutes, and we planned to go around the city looking at all the places where stolen cars are frequently dumped. I called my friend for a ride to work. And THEN, after all this, I called the police. I'm intelligent, I know.

I went to work and informed my boss that there was no way I could take care of children all day knowing that someone was driving my car around, and I asked if I could leave for a while to go look for it, and she said yes. I called my dad and asked if he would pick me up and bring me home to meet my roommate. Before he even got to my job, he called me back and let me know that the police had called him, and that my car was found on a street a few neighborhoods away from mine. We were to meet the police around the corner and they would escort us to the car.

In all, my car was missing for two hours. Well, more than that, but I was only aware of it for two hours. I reported it stolen at 8 in the morning and I had it back by 10. The stereo and speakers had been stolen, my side mirrors were stolen, my bowl was stolen, but the car was drivable and not completely damaged. It SUCKED though. I couldn't bear the thought of some disgusting person being in my car and using it like it was their's. I loved that car, and that was really hard to deal with.

The police made sure to let me know that I was extremely lucky, that most people get their car back after about two months, when it's found in a ditch somewhere. Mine was obviously just robbed and parked somewhere in the ghetto, where it wouldn't be noticed.

Such is the beauty of having a Honda. :( I love Hondas though.

Good luck to you, honey, keep up updated on what's going on. I know what a horrible feeling it is to have something so important taken from you.

peace out
re: My car was stolen. Advice/stories?
By okiedancer
On Mon May 11, 2009 09:00 AM
Thanks again for everyone's help and I'm really sorry to all of you who have had their car stolen! It sucks doesn't it? And I'm with you Sh'naynay, it feels weird that someone else has been in my car doing who knows what. I was going to write back updating about the insurance information but I got a call from the police about half an hour ago saying they found my car and are towing it to an impound lot. I tried calling the lot and they're waiting for it to arrive when they can give me information about the condition. I'm kind of afraid to hear it. It's been missing for over a week and in that amount of time, who knows what happened to it. So while I'm glad to hear I might get my car back, part of me is thinking it might have been better if it remained stolen for at least enough time to get the insurance taken care of. Oh well. I'll keep you posted.
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By dance4kixmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon May 11, 2009 09:35 AM
My friend and I went into the mall for 30 minutes tops because we already knew what we wanted. When we got back out here toyota truck was gone and the mall said that they didn't get anything on tape. (or maybe they just didn't look). We told them exactly where we parked the truck, they should have been able to see it on their cameras. She never got her car back.

re: My car was stolen. Advice/stories?
By Reidfidleirmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Thu May 14, 2009 12:07 AM
Just one suggestion:

I didn't know about Camrys, but I have heard that Honda Accords are the number one stolen vehicle. Especially here in Phoenix arizona- also the number one vehicle theft state in the country.

I have seen 3 Accords trashed/stripped in the short time I have been here- and I'm not often in the bad neighborhoods either. I'm talking nice areas too.
It's usually Accords from like '93- late 90's because Honda didn't really change the engine parts, so they are very interchangable in those years.

So yea. Get one next time with a good anti-theft and/or a lojack.

Sorry to hear. Glad it's back, what condition is it in?


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