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Warning - a new way to steal your car!

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Although this is not ANTIQUE car related, I thought this was important to post and pass on to others. I received this in the Triangle Chapter AACA newsletter.

Just when you think you have heard it all, it seems that someone has come up with a new way to steal your car without any effort at all. The car thieves peer through the windshield of you car or truck, write down the VIN number from the label on the dash, go to the local car dealership and request a duplicate key. Some of dealer's parts dept. will make a duplicate key without checking registration and ID. The thief doesn't have to break in, or call attention to himself. All he has to do is walk up to your car, insert the key and off he goes to the local chop shop with your car.

To avoid this form happening, simply put some tape (electrical, duct, or medical) across the VIN number on the dash board. By law, you can not remove the VIN number, but you can cover it so that it can't be viewed through the windshield by a car thief.

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Scams like this are nothing new, believe me.

Years ago there was this fellow,let's call him "title king".

His main endeavour was to supply salvage titles for a fee,legally a perfectly legitimate enterprise.

One day at a car show,when in his cups {a characteristic he shared with more than one old car fancier,trust me} he related the "perfect scam" as he described it:

He posessed a title for a '28 Studebaker Dictator.

After a year of reading hemmings he finally found a fellow who had the exact car,a 28 dictator sedan.

He asked the seller for photos of this car, when said photos were received he lost no time in getting insurance cards and going to the local motor vehicles dept, and registering the "car" with his title conveniently altered so the motor #'s matched.

A couple of years later he put in a claim for theft of his "studie" and collected $14,000.00,not a great deal of money but this was in the early '90's.

I swear this is true, some of you may even know the "title king" by name.

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That won't work in New York State. In New York State, the VIN is printed on the vehicle registration sticker on the windshield. If you cover that up, or alter it, then you're in trouble with the law. I'm not saying that you're ideas are wrong, but in New York State the possibility of escaping that won't happen.

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Wait a minute guys and girls. If the duplicate key is all you're worried about, find a friend with the same brand car and swap out the locks, Really confuse them bad guys???? <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> Wayne

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