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Smash and Grab

February 5th, 2023 at 11:53 pm

On Thursday night my car was broken into. Someone smashed the rear side window, got inside and somehow dismantled my steering wheel lock, and went through all the nooks and crannies and threw everything around. Nothing was taken; I had nothing of value in the car. But I had to replace the window. It was $367, which I paid out of pocket so I could get it done right away. Tomorrow I will call my insurance agent. I think he told me they would pay whatever was above my $250 deductible, but frankly, I was so rattled, I'm not sure what he said.

It turns out that eight cars in my general area were damaged that night and one was stolen. All were Kia Souls.

I am in a bad situation. I have to park on the street, leaving my car vulnerable every night. Kia has done nothing to help out its customers. There is no "fix" to protect my car from people who think if they get inside they can start it without a key and steal it. If there were a way to fix it, I would do it. I actually like the car. But I think I'm going to trade it in, even though it will be very hard to swing it right now. I can't spend every night worrying about whether my car is safe.

You're probably wondering how they took apart the steering wheel lock. I'm wondering, too. My ex suggested that there must be such a thing as a universal key, and this team of thieves had one. I don't know why they didn't take my car! Maybe they only needed one, for whatever crime they were planning to commit.

Anyway, I'm going to be looking at cars in the coming week. My ex is going with me. He insists he wants to help.

In other news, I grocery shopped on Wednesday, at Aldi, and spent $28. That was a bit over my limit, but I had some expensive things on the list -- a bag of frozen chicken breasts, walnuts, prunes, bread, and creamer.

I also spent $14 on fast food during those couple of days when I was getting the window fixed. There was a lot of waiting involved.

This morning I refilled a prescription for $15.

I will keep you posted on my car search and what a new car will mean to my budget.

6 Responses to “Smash and Grab”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    Oh, I am sorry this has happened. Are there any affordable parking spots available for rent nearby?

  2. Lots of Ideas Says:

    I am so sorry this happened to you.
    Our world seems more unfriendly and frightening every day.

  3. Wink Says:

    Wow, CB I am so sorry! Kia's have been targeted here too. It's such a violation. This happened frequently when I lived in the city, and secure garage parking was too far away and expensive. Take care.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Can you borrow a car for a couple of days from a family member who has a less sought after vehicle and let them use your car until you can trade yours in? I'd honestly get something that isn't sought after by thieves and has an ear shattering alarm system. Do some internet research in the next few days and find out what is boring to thieves.

  5. latestart Says:

    I am sorry this happened to you. Good luck in search.

  6. Dido Says:

    So sorry to hear this. I'm glad you're getting help from the ex and best of luck with the new car!

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