Auto Theft Prevention

No vehicle owner expects to be involved in an accident. But, at some point, you may be faced with damage to your vehicle as the result of a collision. Vehicle repairs can be handled better by an informed consumer.

Meemic wants you to know your rights before you authorize repairs to your vehicle and recommends that you visit your state’s Bureau of Regulatory Services (or similar licensing department) before authorizing your vehicle’s repairs.

This guide describes what is involved when collision repairs are needed and provides some details your rights as a consumer. Each state may have their own legislative rules governing collision repairs, so it is important to know your rights as they relate to your specific resident state.

Keep Your Car — Yours

Whether you’re at school, out running errands or parked at home, there are some tried-and-true ways to keep your car safe — like always locking your doors. Here are a few more ideas from Meemic that can help keep your car and possessions out of the hands of thieves.

Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips

  • Take extra precautions during spring and summer months when vehicle thefts and break-ins are most common.
  • Park in an enclosed garage or well-lit area whenever possible to prevent vehicle theft or a break-in.
  • When parking on the street, turn your steering wheel toward the curb until it locks.
  • Avoid storing personal items in your vehicle — especially pricey items like laptops, tablets, smartphones, DVD players or GPS devices. If you need to store an item in your vehicle, keep it locked in the trunk.
  • Never leave your purse or wallet unattended in your vehicle.
  • Keep a photocopy of your vehicle’s registration and proof of insurance in a secure place at home. Also, keep a list of any items in your vehicle or additional equipment because you’ll need this information if your vehicle is broken into or stolen.