Did you ever decide not to buy a certain car...

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...because of the neighborhood you lived in?

Some cars just got broken into early this week, right in front of my apartment where there's street parking. It looked like they just hit the driver's side window and then tried to find whatever they could of value in the cars. They hit three cars back to back (to back) and mine was included. Thankfully it was a rental and the credit card insurance will cover it. I didn't have anything of value in the car, either, and if I did, I apparently still don't know it's missing yet! The poor little Aveo didn't even have a CD player.

The others (and three more in other locations) probably were not so lucky. Damage like this, and you have three options:

1) Don't fix it. Seriously. I see cars with plastic sheets covering their driver's side window all the time, and silly, naïve me, I thought the windows somehow got busted maybe by a rock or something and they just didn't want to fix.

2) Pay to fix it out of your own pocket, or

3) File an insurance claim and have them take care of it. A lot of companies will then turn around and jack your rates, so it's almost worth doing (2). Some people don't find this annoying at all, as they feel like insurance is for major catastrophies, not things that could roughly fall under regular maintenance or minor annoyances.

Either way, I don't like the idea of buying an expensive car and then have to watch someone descecrate it, steal it, or damage the parts or the entire car just trying to get components or for revenge because they couldn't boost anything of any value. The Honda sales dude did say that they had new anti-theft technology built into the ignition system. It's about damn time. Although, I was browsing through some techie site that said you could basically then hack into said system like a computer. argh.

It really does kinda suck that before buying a new car, I would potentially have to buy a house with a garage first. I always thought it was kind of silly to buy a new car and park it in your "apartment," but that was just a passing thought, nothing serious. Boy, how times change.

Any comments, similar stories to share or words of advice, here? I hadn't thought about this at all, now all I do is plot my revenge and think about how cool it would be to have a secret camera that takes pictures of daring hoodlums and BUST their stupid asses with my sophisticated intel in just a short matter of days. MUAHAHAHAHAHAH!

posted by  JaneiR36

I don't like to change the way I live because there are retards in the world. That'd make for a miserable life if you ask me.

Point taken, though.

posted by  Bronxie

I think most opportunist thieves steer clear of more expensive cars, instead they target lower cost vehicles with aftermarket stereos etc. There's a craze going round my area at the moment with thieves taking a liking to portable Sat-Nav units. My ex-boss had his stolen...couldn't have happened to a nicer man, lol!

posted by  Cliffy

"I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death"

My parents are always trying to get me to take their cars when I'm going somewhere where there's a bad neighborhood that I have to park in. Although I greatly appreciate the offer, I didn't buy a nice car to worry about it.

I've had to replace broken windshields before, glass is an optional insurance here in Ma., and it's only a few bucks a month. My rates didn't go up, and neither did my dad's when he had to replace a broken window. Mine was cracked from ice falling on it I believe, and my dad's got cracked when somebody did a burn out in front of him and kicked up a stone. I'm not sure if the situation matters, but if it doesn't I wouldn't worry about it too much.

The only thing I ever really worried about was that somebody would just smash my window and grab my cd collection, but I have a set of copies for home use, and they're all on my computer.

I know eventually somebody is going to smash their door into mine, or steal my wheels, or God forbid key my car. I won't live in fear, I've got insurance for a reason (other than becuase I have to).

posted by  giant016

Glass insurance, eh? I'm gonna have to ask my company about that. I've heard about all kinds of anti-theft devices, but that still doesn't say what to do if someone were to simply break the window looking for items to steal. Wouldn't be too bad an idea to pick up such insurance if it's rather inexpensive. I hear the windows can be quite expensive to replace (which is why people seem to just cover their windows with plastic, especially if there's the likelihood of the window getting broken into again).

I hate to ditch my brand new apt, and to shelve for now my plans of getting a new car... eh.. I didn't want to get into seeking financing for a huge loan right now, anyway... but my long term plan is definitely to get a house with a garage and then get the car of my choice. I don't know when will be a good time to get this rolling, but for now I just need a form of transportation, and it seems to be "used."

So, let's see, here's what I have so far for protecting a new, or otherwise valued car:

Full insurance -- Collision & comprehensive; liability. I had cancelled all but liability & towing assistance on my older car.
LoJack (is this necessary with newer vehicles? You'd think they'd all design some kind of locator chip in by now)
Visible Wheel lock (one-time cost)
Glass insurance
Audible & System disabling alarm that's effective but doesn't go off unnecessarily
Long range tazer, to hit anyone caught breaking into my car . . . I wish I were kidding.

Anything else I didn't think of, and can anyone share how the above have or have not been of use to them in the past?

posted by  JaneiR36

Glass insurance is a great way of retaining some piece of mind if you live in a slightly dodgy area. We have it on our car. We have always had this cover, although when the rear window was broken in a dire attempt to steal stuff from our old Peugeot 205 last year (they left the CD player and got away with the parcel shelf with two speakers in that didn't work!), we ended up having to pay an excess of £100 if we wanted it replaced through the insurance. In the end we decided that the car wasn't worth the hastle!

posted by  Cliffy

i know a lot of people that lice in california and dont buy Hondas because so many are stolen.

for security u can also have window tints, ( makes glass stronger and if people cant see inside car mayeb they will walk away?) alarms, removable steering wheel ( includes loss of airbag).

posted by  V-Tec

Hrm... a friend and I visited another friend who lives in San Jose and her Honda had just been vandalized. They stole the tires off the car, apparently that happens sometimes when they steal tires for street racing. Apparently the car was about 10 years old, manual everything, so maybe that's why they didn't steal the car itself but stole just the tires instead.

Right now I'm researching issues with the new Accord & Camry. I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. I know used is what I want, but when I call up sellers of the used imports I want, their cars have already been sold. My Mom put her '96 Accord on the market this summer and a couple missed test driving it because someone else came with cash and bought it immediately after test driving it while they were on their way!! I can't believe how hot imports are in this country. I tried not to go with the hype and test drive other vehicles, but I really do prefer those two models to everything else I've driven (not that many, though).

Oh well...

posted by  JaneiR36

Can't you just park your car in the lot instead of parking it on the streets?

I never park my car on the streets. Not even for 30 minutes. Never. :thumbs:
(That's why I don't have insurance too).

posted by  Valter

It's interesting, I only parked the rental on the streets. I guess I figured I'd only have it temporarily, so why not add the convenience. When I first signed the lease for my apt, they said to try to park in the back (lot) because there was limited parking up front. I always parked the Camry there. The day after the Chevy Aveo rental got broken into, I pulled in the replacement Cobalt to the street parking as a matter of habit. Then I did a double-take, shook my head (uh-uh) and went back to the parking lot. Decided not to tempt fate and have been parking in the lot ever since. The lot isn't far, either. The front street parking is just directly in front of my front door.

posted by  JaneiR36

If it was a rental, I'd park it anywhere, as it is insured.

posted by  Valter

I'd imagine eyebrows would start to get raised if I were to bring it in two days back to back for a replacement vehicle...

Not to mention all the paperwork I'm gonna have to compile in the next coming few weeks here so Enterprise can get reimbursed by Visa.

posted by  JaneiR36

what, like ford escorts, vw golfs and citroens???:laughing:
there aint a stereo in mine so ive got nothing to worry about!
(believe it or not, before i aqquired this car i have, the car was broken into and the stereo was nicked! thus, where the wires connect, they were snipped instead!!!:laughing: )

posted by  True_Brit

Yes, lol....And POS Boy Racer cars like Corsa's with bodykits :laughing:

posted by  Cliffy

Just get a cd player head unit with the removable controls. It's like a key, you have to put it on to make it work, so thieves will be sad.

posted by  Bronxie

but i have a vectra! ha ha!!!:wink2:
and i certainly aint no boy racer! i wear normal clothes, not to fond with wearing what chavs wear, plus i listen to virgin radio! (i have no choice at work, the radio is jammed on virgin!)

posted by  True_Brit

I'm glad you listen to Virgin (admit it, I influenced you! lol). As long as you don't put stupid wheels on the car, and limit it at a bodykit, it'll be ok :laughing:

posted by  Cliffy


posted by  giant016

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