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leemun

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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2013 12:50:14 AM

Having your car stolen is awful. Just awful. But, as I learned not long ago, it's not entirely hopeless. I did get (most) of my stolen car back, and I learned a great deal in the entire process. So, in hopes of giving a little bit of that goodness back, here's what I took away from the experience of recovering a stolen car.
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honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

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Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:30:32 AM

not sure if the story is all that true. Source is a bit suspect.
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jtravis711
Veteran Author Orange County

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 10:51:14 PM

watch out theres cameras everywhere
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rich13251
Veteran Author Toledo

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 7:02:08 PM

wouldn't mind if mine was stolen, then I could get a new one
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dacofa
Champion Author Nevada

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 3:22:14 PM

Seen camera footage of wrecks and the metor shower from cameras in cars people installed.
Put one of these cameras in your car's window and you can also view them on the internet. I have home security cameras I can also do that with. Surprise when you watch the cops pull them over.
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KrsnaDragon
Champion Author Montreal

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 4:59:52 AM

Good practical advice.
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BBopp
Champion Author Dayton

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 4:28:13 AM

Without a doubt be proactive! However, doing everything one can to prevent the vehicle from being stolen is the best way to avoid the situation.
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ClarkSC
Champion Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 4:08:57 AM

Pray!
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gas_phil
Champion Author Sacramento

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 1:38:15 AM

Steal mine!! Please part it out properly!!
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Vette1967
Champion Author Albany

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 1:26:38 AM

It's a lot easier to just lock the doors every time you leave your vehicle.
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kkimes
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 1:07:34 AM

"Who wants it back. It's a good excuse to go out and get another."

Except most people here claim that they can't afford a new car no matter what the cost. What you get from the insurance company will be low and don't forget the deductible. And don't accept the insurance unless you know you don't want your car back. If it is recovered, it belongs to the insurance company and they might sell it for more than they gave you for it. It's a win, win.......for them.
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Bobski13
Veteran Author Detroit

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:56:24 AM

It's called give him the keys and the car... throw some cash on the dash and when he goes to grab for the cash scatter all over the dash, pull out the 380, smile and empty the clip!! However, you will have to replace the bloody and bullet riddled parts.
But, then again the laws suck in this country. The criminals have all the rights to a fair trial and a nice comfortable jail (paid by us the taxpayers). The victims(us)suffer, mostly from physical injury or death!! And who pays for it?? US again!! Makes no sense!!
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garthfanok1
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:54:47 AM

sometimes having your car stole can be a bad thing?
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Buddy2264
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:54:35 AM

Had one vehicle stolen in the past but got it back in pretty good shape.
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Rooster922
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:52:29 AM

How many cars have you let stolen? Are you a sales agent for Lojack?
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HailstormCA
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:50:48 AM

Who wants it back. It's a good excuse to go out and get another.
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SilliesRock
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:48:10 AM

Are there other car tracers besides LoJack?
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BALRSTATUS
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:43:19 AM

get lojack
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madison8359
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:42:30 AM

Makes sense.
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mcmonsta
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:41:57 AM

the bigger the posse the better the chances if you work quick
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CivicMA
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:37:56 AM

Good info but as others pointed out, could be unseen damage that cost you plenty after you get the car back.
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joel27nc
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:36:27 AM

Would it be worth it?
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GAS1251
Champion Author Texas

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:35:51 AM

Kid across the street had his car stolen one Sunday morning. I found it by the local flea market 8 hr later while riding my bicycle. Police wanted to know I could find it before them.
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Vitobug
Champion Author El Paso

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:35:04 AM

Do you really want it back after it has been stolen?
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mfeldstein
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:31:12 AM

Put a tracking device in it.
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rosyLI
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:28:45 AM

I'd rather not get it stolen in the first place.
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rap12MA
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:24:43 AM

If they steal it then they can have it.I don't want it back.
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Methodist
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:23:29 AM

k
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Bigwaynef
Champion Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:23:09 AM

Just blow the thief's head off...
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AmmoManAaron
Champion Author Indianapolis

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:22:21 AM

Old news.
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regout
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:21:49 AM

Don't want it.
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dongo50
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:21:10 AM

unreal
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oldred11
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:20:48 AM

Commented on this one yesterday. . .
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tankumo
All-Star Author Vancouver

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:20:21 AM

I have a solution.

Just increase the penalty of auto crime.

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installer
Champion Author San Diego

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:17:01 AM

This might work on a small city, but not larger ones. Take your loss and get another car.
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smoketown
Champion Author Cincinnati

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:17:00 AM

I WOULD NOT WANT IT BACK, if IT'S DAMAGED BEOND REPAIR, OR GET STUCK WITH A SALVAGE TITLE !!!!!!!!!!
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hawk8509
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:16:59 AM

very interesting
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rd2000
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:16:52 AM

lets hope it dose not happen to us
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DEG
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:16:35 AM

Fortunately, I have never had a vehicle stolen.
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SHEP20715
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:15:43 AM

I have actually gotten two stolen cars back
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yakstar
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:15:17 AM

say pretty please?
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BobD2009
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:15:01 AM

GPS.
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10k
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:14:48 AM

the raleigh police dept found my stolen car in two days-as it was being used to rob a convenience store in west raleigh..i sure am glad it's probation is over-lol..

Dragnet: i have allstate, and they paid retail price for the damaged parts, even after i told them i was able to get the parts at wholesale price..

[Edited by: 10k at 5/1/2013 12:18:16 AM EST]
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Dragnet
Champion Author Arizona

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:14:29 AM

Carry either Progressive, AllState or Liberty Mutual and get a new car
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us4usa
Champion Author Missouri

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:13:56 AM

Get your stolen car back, why get another one...
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:13:24 AM

great article
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badharley
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:11:22 AM

They could steal mine.
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boatfloyd
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:10:45 AM

Call police
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Hi1
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:10:22 AM

Just hope I never have to use it.
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N5EXY
Champion Author Austin

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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:10:13 AM

A good article. Not finding your car where you left it is a real downer. It happened to me. Mine apparently made several trips to Mexico before being recovered. Some dummie bought it for about a tenth of its value and tried to register it. Seller was a dummie also - both got busted.
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blitzntj
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Message Posted: May 1, 2013 12:09:59 AM

Take the insurance
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