Oh, I’m so glad you found your car! The police are so awful with stolen cars!
Both times my sister’s Saturn was stolen, she had to go looking for it to get it back. First time my husband found it, second time she and a friend of hers went looking for it.
So I have been parking my car at the same garage for two years now, and paying 360 bucks a month to basically make sure my car won’t get stolen. I live in New York City, where you either park the car on the street or go to a garage and pay through the nose. Now, some people might find this odd, because I drive a twelve year old, slightly beat up BMW and I hardly ever take it out of the city, but really, I’m extremely attached to my car. I’ve had several opportunities to get a shiny new car but have always turned them down, because I. Love. My. Messy. Car.
The last time I drove my car was on January 5th. I drove it to the garage, turned the keys over to the night shift guy, and walked home.
Today, I go to pick up my car. They can’t find it. I searched the building. Threw a hissy fit. Then filed a police report for my stolen car. I can’t fathom why-- in a garage full of brand new, gorgeous, expensive cars-- someone would take mine. The engine rattles! The seatbelts don’t work! It has like a million miles on it!
To add a little more misery to everything, the cops clearly don’t give a damn about investigating the case, even though there’s a set number of people who have access to the elevators that move the cars from level to level. The police just think I should file an insurance claim and settle for the no-doubt paltry amount my car is actually worth, and don’t seem to think they should bother checking who might actually have stolen it. Also, they told me that my insurance rates will go up. Is this true??? How is that possible? I didn’t have an accident. I parked my car in a garage for safekeeping and it got stolen from me. Does anyone know if this really happens?
Apparently I can sue in small claims court for the amount of the car (which is next to zero, though there were papers in the trunk that I’ve had since high school that are worth everything to me) and the three months rent I’ve been paying since I parked the car. Is there anything else I can do?
God, this sucks.
Did they still have the keys?
If they do not, it could be inferred that they garage gave your car away. :eek:
Cops not wanting to do their jobs seems to be
Yeah, but at least in that case they actually wanted the victim to do the legwork. Sounds like the NYPD not only didn’t want to investigate it, they didn’t want
buncombe to investigate it either!
Great story, anyway.
What a story!!! I’d consider parking your car at a different garage in the future.
Oh, and check into those parking tickets. The authorities that issued them won’t know your car wasn’t in your possession at the time. It would totally suck to have the cops after you for unpaid parking tix!
That’s too funny! I’m glad you got your car back, all in one piece. Good detective work! I have an older car (nearly 10 years old), I like it a lot, and I’d be very unhappy if someone stole it.