What to Do If Your Car is Stolen

What to Do If Your Car is Stolen

Having your car stolen is a terrible experience and one that we hope you never go through. However, car theft still remains a problem in Australia in 2016.

Of course today, with cars being theoretically harder to steal, thieves are increasingly targeting opportunistic situations where car owners have left their vehicle unsecured momentarily in places like service stations.

Then of course there’s the increasing trend of thieves first stealing the keys, then the car.

Regardless, if your car does end up in the hands of thieves there are some things you should do, and not do, according to our friends at Youi Insurance.

What to Do If Your Car is Stolen:

  1. Report the theft to the Police. The sooner you let the police know, the greater your chance of getting your car back. You will need to file a stolen vehicle report and that includes giving the police all the details on your car, including your VIN and a list of what items were inside the car.
  2. Let your Car Insurer Know. You’ll need to report the theft and confirm your policy number and level of cover. Also report any personal items that were in the car at the time, such as your wallet, smartphone, tablet or GPS.
  3. Think about what else the thieves have access to. This could be things like credit cards in your wallet or purse if this was in the car when it was taken. While if they also got your house keys then you will need a locksmith ASAP. Another call to make is to your car finance provider to alert them to the theft.
  4. What NOT to Do. If you have a GPS tracker or the like, don’t try and recover your vehicle on your own. Report the vehicles location to the police and let them handle it.

Do you have any other car ownership tips that you would like to share? Or maybe you have had your car stolen and have some advice for other drivers? Feel free to send your tips to [email protected], use our Contact page, or leave a comment below.

About the author

Simon Lai

Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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