Learning how to find a stolen vehicle is a lesson you never want to have to put into practice. Chances are if you need to find a stolen truck or car, a lot of things are running through your mind at once. One of the best tools you can have to find a stolen vehicle is common sense. Start by thinking rationally. If you are fortunate enough to find these tips before your car gets stolen, take a few preventative measures now to help you out just in case this ever happens to you.
To find a stolen vehicle you will need:
- Car title
- Police report
- Cell phone
- When you first buy your vehicle, take a picture of the car and keep it in a safe place. Make a record of the car’s Vehicle Identification (VIN) number, manufacturer and model, as well as the year. Write any distinguishing physical characteristics down. You can make a note of any after market additions to the car, dents or other physical descriptions. Keep this information together in a safe place.
- If you are fortunate enough to have a vehicle with a Global Positioning Tracking (GPS) system, notify the police. Some car companies equip their vehicles with a subscription service that can aid you in tracking the stolen vehicle. If you are a subscriber, notify the service immediately when the car is stolen.
- If your car is stolen, immediately call the police. You will need to notify law enforcement that can then begin a search for the stolen vehicle. Be sure to file a police report and obtain a copy of it as well. Alert the officer if your car is equipped with a built in tracking system.
- Notify your insurance agent. Right after a call to police, your next call should be to your agent. Be sure to have the police report number available. In order to file a claim against your insurance policy, you must be able to provide this information.
- Place an ad or post flyers with your car’s picture. Using the important information you already have stored safely away, create a flyer detailing the stolen vehicle’s description and place around the vicinity where the car was taken. Provide phone numbers and offer a reward if possible.
When you become the victim of a car theft, you can be left feeling vulnerable and violated. Take these steps, especially the preventative measures, before your car is ever stolen.