My Car’s Been Recovered

I mentioned previously that my car had been stolen. It was stolen sometime Friday night from my assigned covered parking spot at my complex. The police ended up finding it abandoned in South Salt Lake on Sunday. It’s been quite the ordeal this week to get that all straightened out. Hopefully it’s almost over.

It took all of Monday afternoon to get the release authorization from the DMV, set up a time with the impound lot and pay the fees to get the car out. (Who knew it was so expensive to get a stolen car back?) That’s when I found out the ignition was pretty messed up so I couldn’t start the car with the key. Geico had the car towed back down to Provo and started the repairs. They replaced the steering column and the paneling around the steering column, as well as fixed the ignition. I finally got the car back yesterday night.

It didn’t take long after getting it to realize that the brakes on the car were significantly less responsive than they were last week. I called the insurance claim adjuster and had the brakes inspected today. Turns out the thief did some joy riding and hot-rodding in my car, so I’ve got an appointment tomorrow to have the brakes fixed.

I also lost a few things that were stolen from the car. I had a couple chargers and cell phone headset taken. My 4 D Cell LED MagLite was also stolen. Some of you probably know of my longstanding obsession with lights, light bulbs, flashlights, etc. This was one of my favorite ones. When I went to look up the value of the flashlight for some of the insurance paperwork I found out MagLite doesn’t sell the 4 cell LED model anymore.

The last thing stolen was a case full of most of my CDs. Insurance doesn’t cover those, so I’ve simply lost them. A lot of them are on my computer, but some of my favorites weren’t. Today I discovered that I now have very few choices of what to listen to in the car other than the radio since I may now only own 1 audio CD: I had my CD of Bach’s Passion in the CD player of the car. While ransacking everything they took it out of the CD player and threw it on the floor of the car. Guess they weren’t interested in that one. Hopefully they enjoy the rest of my classical music collection, though.

I upgraded my parking spot at my apartment complex to a garage this week, since I’m not terribly interested in having my car stolen again. I’ve also suddenly become pretty interested in getting a security system installed in my car.