My 2nd Car Stolen

I finally could afford my first new car. I had always been given a car (worth about $500-$1000) from my parents. I had a ’78 Honda with a fast
Prelude engine in it, I had a 82 Red Hondic Civic Si (with a fast Prelude Engine in it, but slower than the ’78). I blew the engine out on the
’82 Honda several times and it was down to running on 2 out of 4 cylinders. I then switched to a ’84 Honda Accord Hatchback. It was an Automatic and
was very slow but I could still do some freeway racing when it got up to speed. I had about 187,000 miles on it and I was putting on about 157 miles
a day. I finally was able to afford to move to Orange County were my work was located, and I got a raise which opened the door for being able to afford my first car.

I spent several months researching it and decided on a 1999 Honda Civic SI. 160 HP, 0-60 in 6.9-7.1. The car was pretty rare when it first came out,
they were selling like crazy. I had to talk to about 10+ dealers to find one. Most of the dealers wanted to charge about 23-25+K for it when the MSRP was
$18,600. Eventually I found a dealer that would sell it to me for MSRP without installing a bunch of needless accessories to jack the price up. I got a loan,
put a bunch of money down, and finally went to pick the car up.

It was so exciting having your first ever new car and driving it home for the first time. It’s brand new and spotless. Your car is almost never in
that state again. I was used to driving cars that were about 14 years old.

It was a fast car, the fastest car I’d ever had but I still had to break the engine in so I had to take it slow. I spent a lot of time talking about how awesome it
was and posting pictures of the car on my page. I had a lojack installed for $540. LoJack ias a stolen vehicle recovery system. They place a transmitter in your car and it’s activated when your car is listed as stolen. I also bought a Valentine 1 Radar Detector for $450 which is/was the best detector on the market.

So there I am with the new car, detector and about 650 miles on the car and it hasn’t even been a week since I bought it. I go
outside one day and the car is missing! If you’ve heard Eddie Murphy Raw (pretty sure) then you’ve heard his skit on the missing car. You look around thinking
it might have rolled somewhere or that you parked somewhere else. You just can’t believe it’s gone. But this was my apartment and I only park in my assigned spot and it was gone. One time at college some a-holes picked up my 78 Honda and carried it into the street. The campus cops called me and let me know and I picked it up and moved it. Since that happened I’ve also left that open as an option when my car is missing. But this was a bigger car and probably couldn’t be carried. I thought maybe they might have towed it but our apartment never tows anyone. A car sat there for 6 months without a tag and after many warnings they finally towed it.

So I call up the cops and a Sheriff arrives. They asked me if it might have been towed and asked me if I had kept the payments up. I had so they reported
it as stolen. I thought with the lojack I would had it back pretty quick unless they traveled out of the lojack system or to Mexico which is only about 90 miles
away.

I sat at home updating my web page and waiting for something to happen. Late in the day I get a call and the CHP had found my car in a street in Riverside (which
is the Ghetto). They said it looked ok but it did have some damage. They didn’t say whether the lojack had led them to the car or not. I figured it
had but as it turns out it did not. Also the theives had stolen the tracking device! WTF good is a tracking device if people can find it and steal it? What
the lojack people guessed happened is that they were looking around for speakers or amps and had found it by mistake. Talking around to Alarm people lots of
people work at lojack and move on to other jobs. I think the information about where lojack is located is pretty common so I can’t say if it’s a good system
or not. They have plenty of success stories but that wasn’t the case for me. I guess it’s all about who steals your car.

They towed my car from Riverside back to Orange County. It had about an extra 70 or so miles on the car. I had hoped they knew how to drive and didn’t screw
up the engine which wasn’t broken in yet.

The car sat at the repair yard for a while. I went to check it out and they had screwed up the ignition and ripped apart the glove compartment. They stole
my new $450 Radar Detector, a Giant Beam Flashlight ($50), my Spare, the Key to Unlock my Lug Nuts on my Wheels, but they left my CDs. Guess they didn’t like
my music.

The Insurance fixed my car but I had a $1000 deductible (I thought was good to save on insurance) so I was out $1000, I was also out about $600 in stuff
stolen from my car. I did not have Renter’s Insurance or Home owners Insurance which covers things in your car. I do now. It was $1633 to repair my
car.

They never caught the people of course. My car was new and a hot fast car and I think the theives just wanted to test drive it. Joyriding
was the reason behind my last car stolen and that’s why cars are usually stolen, or to be used in crimes.

I was one of the first people to have that Honda and there were probably only about 3 of them in Orange County. Now I see about 5+ a day.

A few months later a detective called me up and told me they had recovered my Radar Detector. Someone had tried to sell it in a newspaper/dollarsaver ad.
Someone who had bought it called up Valentine and discovered it was stolen. I had reported it to them as being stolen. The detective returned my
Radar Detector but unfortunately I had already bought a replacement. So now I have two of them. It’s in use by one of my friends.

A few years later someone else at my apartment went out there and discovered they had lost their car too. Living in a very nice area, and having
a gated community does NOTHING to stop your car from being stolen.

After that I installed a Clifford Alarm, I have a Taser Club, and another device to prevent theft in addition to the lojack. It was never stolen again. I’ve spent over $2000 on theft prevention which is probably a bit extreme. Let me tell you Honda’s are easy as can be to steal. I sold the car in 2003 for more than I paid for it new.


One Response to “My 2nd Car Stolen”

  1. nate_orenstam says:

    you must have renters or homeowners insurance at all times is a good takeaway.

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