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Old 12-17-2002, 05:09 AM   #1
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Unhappy how do u feel of park your car on the street? (no garage)

My family has 3cars but only has 2cars garage, my car has to park outside.....so I cant put too many mods and things in my car......especially wheels is a NO-NO!

DAMN U CAR THEFT
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Old 12-17-2002, 05:29 AM   #2
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what's to keep you from doing things under the hood out of sight?
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Old 12-17-2002, 10:44 AM   #3
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I hate to park my car outdoors.
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Old 12-17-2002, 02:38 PM   #4
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I've always parked my car outside (too much crap in the garage) and have never had a problem. Then again the police in my area have nothing to do most of the time so they make hourly rounds of my neighborhood so that might be why.
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Old 12-17-2002, 02:52 PM   #5
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I have my car outside, but iI have an alley access with a locked gate, so it's pretty secure. I use a car cover mostly because of bird droppings from the trees and overhead wires. We have some really big crows with good aim. The cover leaves some abrasion on the hood scoop and leading edge of the wing, which I periodically polish out with Meguiar's cleaner wax. Anyway, if you have backyard access that's a possibility. My previous Eagle Talon sat in the front driveway for almost 10 years without any problems, except one stolen car cover which was padlocked with a cable.
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Old 12-17-2002, 02:54 PM   #6
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he he I get park it in my garage.
But then, I have fat cat that shares the garage with my WRX.
Well, I get to see her foot prints every morning.
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Old 12-17-2002, 02:54 PM   #7
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I forgot to add that my neighbor kid's Civic sits outside and has been broken into at least 3 times and my other neighbor's Z28 has been broken into as well. Maybe those cars are of more interest to bad guys than ours. Hope so.
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Old 12-17-2002, 04:34 PM   #8
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Well, I'ved parked a series of cars (mostly junk) on the street for the last 14 years in a pretty bad neighborhood. In all those years I've been broken into once, and vandalized twice. It's the risk you take on the street. My only advice - park directly in front of your house, or under a streetlight; hopefully the neighbors will recognize you and your car - and call the cops when something funny is up. That's what happened on my one break-in - guy next door called the cops when he saw my car door open in the middle of a freezing night.

Avoid car covers on the street - cops don't like it, and it draws attention from the thieves. Always turn your alarm on; if you don't have an alarm get one (with lots of blinking lights) - pager models are a good idea. If you can get away with it - park in your yard. Gravel over an area if the folks let you, or volunteer to pay to pave a section (that's what I'm planning on doing come spring). Don't leave anything in the car - ever; boxes, bags, phones - even change - can attract an opportunist.

As far as mods - go the sleeper route if you're on the street. You can do a lot under the hood and stay looking stock.

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Old 12-17-2002, 04:55 PM   #9
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i made sure when i moved to get a place w/a garage.

HAVE to have my cars indoors....

dead bolt... alarm on .. even inside...

i trust nobody....

sorry to hear you're stuck out in the cold

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Old 12-17-2002, 05:15 PM   #10
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Keeping the stock stereo in the dash is a good idea. It's also a good idea not to get a loud exhaust... At my house, we widened the driveway by laying down sand and brick so a car can be parked in the drive and still allow enough room for two cars to get in and out of the garage. Something like that may sit better with the master of the house than gravel would.

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My WRX shares the garage with a MR2 spyder, two fat cats and one skinny one! Yeah, I get some custom kitty paw decals on the ride sometimes, and the top is always up on the roadster!
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Old 12-17-2002, 05:22 PM   #11
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I'm in a similar situation as you... we have a two-car garage and four cars in the house. This summer my dad cut out sections of the lawn from both sides of the driveway and paved over it, bascially extending the driveway making a T shape so my bro and I can park our cars there. Even before the repaving though I've parked my old Golf outside for 4 years with only one incident of a drive-by egging - albeit I live in a cul-de-sac in a pretty safe neighboorhood.

Location obviously makes a HUGE difference...as already mentioned try and park near your front door and/or under a streelamp where the car is visible from inside, don't leave anything lying around inside, get and alarm with a blinking LED, and don't have your stereo blasting when you're leaving the house or coming home.

Oddly enough my dad drives a Ford Ranger pickup and mom drives a Forester and they get garaged... yet my WRX and bro's RSX Type-S gets to park outside
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Old 12-17-2002, 08:47 PM   #12
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If you have to park outside can you make sure there is a light on the car. If you park outside of the garage and there are outside lights on the garage keep them on all night. If there are no lights consider installing one. It would be a good investment. BTW, what are the family vehicles that are taking precedence over your car?
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Old 12-17-2002, 11:22 PM   #13
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I got the factory alarm system and a "club" and wheel locks. A good thief could probably still steal it, though.
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Old 12-18-2002, 12:34 AM   #14
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If someone really wants to steal your car, they're gonna get it no matter what you do. Have an alarm with a fuel cut off, the club, no wheels? All they have to do is come with a flat bed truck.

So the only thing you can do is get good coverage and try to make your car less of a target to opportunist car theives.

Buy a car that is stick (won't deter pro's but will deter the punk down the street), don't install a flashy and expensive stereo, don't leave any valuables in plain sight, don't install a huge exhaust, don't buy big expensive flashy rims (sorry folks, Da big o' Bling Bling's automatically make your car a target), don't tint the windows, don't put on a flashy body kit, and don't put on any kind of tuner/racing stickers on it.

Like I said, the only thing you can do is make you car less of a target to the opportunist theives. So that means no showing off.

Oh, one more thing. This has always worked for me. Park next to a nicer / more expensive car than yours. The owner of that nice car is less likely to ding yours, with their door, and theives would rather steal their car instead of yours.
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Old 12-18-2002, 01:30 AM   #15
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When buying a sports car, you take on certain responsibilities - the main one being that your car is a target for theft or vandalism - doesn't matter if it's stock or modified. If someone wants your car or whats inside your car - they'll find a way to get it if their needs outweigh the consequences.

BTW - what does a loud exhaust have anything to do with a car being more succeptable to theft?

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Old 12-18-2002, 05:06 AM   #16
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a lot of people assume loud=fast=a lot of money put into it, if they se u drive down the street, they will have their eye on ur car.
i live in a small town where everyone knows everyone, people still steal but only little stuff like money, but no parts from cars, cause everyone knows what everyone else has, even if it gets stolen its not hard to find
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But then, I have fat cat that shares the garage with my WRX.
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mine likes to lay on top of my scoop for some reason, but they cant walk straight to the scoop, they have to circle the hood about 4 times and slide down the window, then go to the scoop
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Old 12-18-2002, 08:08 AM   #17
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My car is outside and never had a problem. If your concerned I would suggest upgrading the security through after market means. Proximity alarms work pretty well, also wheel locks. Also make sure your insurance will cover aftermarket items......Also instilling fear into the neighborhood punks help. All the teenagers in my neighborhood know i Hvae a 65 pound Dobermann that I will let out if someone comes within 10 feet of my car.....awwww thats my baby....such a good dog ....she chased the poor paper boy 100 yards one day .....i felt all bad for about 3 minutes

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Old 12-18-2002, 07:39 PM   #18
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Oddly enough my dad drives a Ford Ranger pickup and mom drives a Forester and they get garaged... yet my WRX and bro's RSX Type-S gets to park outside
OMG......
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Old 12-18-2002, 09:02 PM   #19
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I hate to park my rex outside, u never know what those haters will do. Got my first and second scratchs on the side of my back bumper and the front 'cause I parked outside. Have three flat tires at the same time and later on find out they're all cause by the same type of screws, and I just leave my ride out for one night. I know it may sounds like a wuss but leave my beloved subie out on the street just make me paranoid sometimes and it'll take hella long for the engine to warm up in the morning.
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Old 12-19-2002, 03:41 AM   #20
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I hate to park my rex outside, u never know what those haters will do. Got my first and second scratchs on the side of my back bumper and the front 'cause I parked outside. Have three flat tires at the same time and later on find out they're all cause by the same type of screws, and I just leave my ride out for one night. I know it may sounds like a wuss but leave my beloved subie out on the street just make me paranoid sometimes and it'll take hella long for the engine to warm up in the morning.
I totally agree.....u guys have the WRXs are the most to be feared....sometime is just not your fault to cause trouble, i.e. you drag race with another car, or horned others, or street race whatever.......and the guy may remember your ride and would start doing no-so-funny things on yours as reveage. I know some punk-kids very easy to lose temper and remember you forever

so sometime have a unique style/mods car is pain in the @ss
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Old 12-19-2002, 04:00 AM   #21
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We paved part of our yard to allow a third car to park. $1000 Not well spent. A week later, An inspector stopped by? <We live in a very suburb area. I know we got rat'ed on> the inspector said that the new paved section is a fired hazard. With 3 cars parked, in case of a fire, fire-trucks won't be able to get to the house.. right!!! When I get my car, I parking there. who gives a !@#%.
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Old 12-19-2002, 02:59 PM   #22
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My friend has the factory alarm, wheel locks but also has an AutoLock which prevented his car from getting stolen. Sure, if they really want your car they will tow it off, but whos gonna go through all that trouble for a WRX... More stuff you got on, the more it will deter. Get an alarm with pager, get an AutoLock to lock your clutch, maybe get some security tint for your windows so they cant break em, get the club device that shocks people if they touch it (haha). Best of all get LOJack!Then if they saw all that shiz, they will move on to the next car.
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Old 12-19-2002, 04:45 PM   #23
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I had a Jeep Cherokee that kept getting broken into during college and I added perforated roof rails fed by a mace canister. When my alarm sounds, the canister gave a two second burst and it would wait 10 seconds and then blast again.

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