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2013-08-30 01:59:10 PM
Yes the VIN number is etched on the driver's side door (as well as the sticker,) so you take a stolen car and replace it's door with one with a VIN number to a car that was never reported stolen, wala, non-stolen car.
 
2013-08-30 02:03:16 PM
Meh. Thieves have stolen my taillights before.
 
2013-08-30 02:03:59 PM
Well the parts separate are worth more then selling the whole car together..
 
2013-08-30 02:06:41 PM
It was hot. They wanted to roll the window down to get cool.
 
2013-08-30 02:06:58 PM
VOILA
 
2013-08-30 02:16:44 PM
Oh dear, the dreaded five dot ellipsis. For added ..... suspense .....
 
2013-08-30 02:20:15 PM
Happens to Jeep guys all the time, full doors on a Wrangler carry a nice price.
 
2013-08-30 02:22:13 PM

strathmeyer: Yes the VIN number is etched on the driver's side door (as well as the sticker,) so you take a stolen car and replace it's door with one with a VIN number to a car that was never reported stolen, wala, non-stolen car.


Know how I know you don't steal cars or know anything about those who do?
 
2013-08-30 02:23:36 PM
Three men decide to go on a foot journey through the desert.
The first man says"I brought food since it will be kind of hard to come by."
The second man says "I brought water, enough for us all, since it will be scarce out there."
The third man says "I brought a car door. That way, if it gets too hot I can roll down the window."
 
2013-08-30 02:27:22 PM
Good to see they still steal airbags too
 
2013-08-30 02:32:13 PM
My friend had his Accord broken into just so that they could steal his power window switches. Parts are expensive.
 
2013-08-30 02:34:27 PM

strathmeyer: Yes the VIN number is etched on the driver's side door (as well as the sticker,) so you take a stolen car and replace it's door with one with a VIN number to a car that was never reported stolen, wala, non-stolen car.


Um. Um.

1. the doors have now been reported stolen
2. The VIN is under the windshield anyway
2. the VIN under the windshield won't match the one on the door, raising suspicion
 
2013-08-30 02:38:04 PM
"We could take your car, except for the door that you, for whatever reason, decided to remove last night."
"I told you, it was the kids with their wrenches."
"That they removed while you were inside of it?"
"I told you, I was in a very deep slumber."
 
2013-08-30 02:41:30 PM
Brother-in-law got his hubcaps stolen today. I think he shouldn't have chosen the school in Flint.
 
2013-08-30 02:45:09 PM
Boyfriend's right turn signal lens was stolen about ten months ago. Last week they got the left one. Wish I could link the Johnny Cash song "One Piece at a Time" seems so fitting some how...
 
2013-08-30 02:59:11 PM
Don't mess with my Freddie Fender.
 
2013-08-30 03:04:21 PM
Eh.. Years ago at DEFCON, some guys were walking around the convention with a door from a GTE service van.
 
2013-08-30 03:28:15 PM
alitaki: ...Parts are expensive.

No shiat. Not long ago I was on a photoshoot of a Bugatti Veyron that turned out to have a crazed passenger side window. Replacement cost for one passenger side window ? $18,000,00. That's for one window. Yes, I know it's a car that costs over a $1.5mil, but it still seems a tad exaggerated.

To complete the shoot, we simply removed it.

/not actually shedding a tear for the owner.
 
2013-08-30 03:56:10 PM

strathmeyer: Yes the VIN number is etched on the driver's side door (as well as the sticker,) so you take a stolen car and replace it's door with one with a VIN number to a car that was never reported stolen, wala voila, non-stolen car.


geez, ftfy and for everyone's sanity
 
2013-08-30 04:40:02 PM
Gotta count the number of bolts when borrowing a tire.
 
2013-08-30 04:54:36 PM
Came here looking for a My Name is Earl reference...

Interwebs, I am disappoint.
 
2013-08-30 04:56:49 PM
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2013-08-30 05:21:08 PM
Picture of the perp:

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2013-08-30 05:54:34 PM

ReverendJynxed: Gotta count the number of bolts when borrowing a tire.


Do you know how hard it is to find a spare passenger side door for a 1975 New Yorker?
 
2013-08-30 06:22:30 PM

strathmeyer: Yes the VIN number is etched on the driver's side door (as well as the sticker,) so you take a stolen car and replace it's door with one with a VIN number to a car that was never reported stolen, wala, non-stolen car.


Um, no. The VIN is required to be on the driver's side behind the windshield (in the US, anyway), and it's also engraved into the frame in several areas. However, I know of NO car that has the VIN etched into the door. Many cars have their federal compliance label attached there, and it's really tough to remove that, and others have a hard- to- remove sticker bearing just the VIN on all removable body parts. But it's not physically etched there. Not only that, even if they DID somehow manage to get ALL the VIN plates off of a car, including the frame ID number (which is stamped into the frame of the car in a couple places- can't exactly just take it off- how would they get a title to the car? Usually, when cars are stolen, one of 3 things happens. A) they're stripped down and the parts are sold. This is what happens in like 90% of thefts B) the car was stolen as a getaway vehicle. It's used for the crime, then (usually) burned to the ground to destroy evidence. C) the car is taken overseas to a country where one can bribe officials into creating paperwork for it, then put back on the road over there. Russia and eastern Europe are hotbeds for this. Usually the last one involves really high- end cars (upwards of $70,000)

Also, because of the stolen parts market, salvage- title inspections (person buys salvage car, fixes it, then has it inspected by the state to get a rebuilt title so they can register it) take a long, hard look at the parts to see if they came from stolen cars. They look at the VIN plates/ stampings on the frame, dash, and elsewhere to make sure they match, and they look at all major parts to see if they were replaced. If so, you'd better have documentation of where you got them from, including the VIN(s) of the cars they came from, or else you're taking your car back home minus those parts. (if they don't impound it outright)
 
2013-08-30 07:13:42 PM

probesport: Happens to Jeep guys all the time, full doors on a Wrangler carry a nice price.


I'll assume that is why truck tailgates are popular as well.

And there is a special place in Heck for people who steal spare tires.
 
2013-08-30 09:00:42 PM

haolegirl: Boyfriend's right turn signal lens was stolen about ten months ago. Last week they got the left one. Wish I could link the Johnny Cash song "One Piece at a Time" seems so fitting some how...


Here it is
 
2013-08-30 09:07:38 PM
Now we know why none of the cars on Fantasy Island had any doors.
 
2013-08-30 10:19:58 PM
I work for a dealer, one morning a couple of years back we came in to a door and fender stolen off of an Infiniti... I was impressed to say the least.
 
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