What To Do If Your Car is Stolen
Few things will cause a driver to panic like a stolen vehicle. If you think that you’ve been the victim of auto theft, take a deep breath and follow these steps.
- Make sure your car hasn’t been impounded. Sure, it sounds silly — but you can save yourself a ton of time and paperwork by making sure your vehicle was not towed, as opposed to actually being stolen, before taking additional steps. Check your local police compound first to make sure that your car isn’t in their possession.
- Call the police. If your car isn’t in the police compound, it’s time to file a report with the police. Dial your local non-emergency police line as soon as possible. The sooner you submit your report, the more likely you are to get your car back. You’ll need your car’s VIN, make and model, and license plate number to accurately file a missing vehicle report. If you don’t already have this information written down (someplace outside of your car), now is the right time to do so.
- Call your insurance company. No matter what type of insurance policy you have, you should contact your insurance company and report your car stolen. One thing to keep a note of, however, is that your insurance provider will consider your vehicle their property if your vehicle is recovered after you receive a payout.
- Report your car stolen to the DMV. The DMV keeps a record of stolen vehicles and often works together with the police to identify stolen vehicles registered to new owners. If your stolen vehicle comes in under a different registration, they will notify you.
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