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· Registered
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Saturday morning around 7 AM we woke up to find that someone tried to steal our 04 Camry right out of out drive way. Sucks because its the weekend and no one is open here that does glass replacements. Must have been around midnight to 6am. After spending over a hour with the the sheriff getting a police report done, here are the damage found so far. The passenger side door lock has been pried and picked to the point that the key will no longer fit. The driver side door has been smashed to bits. Floor mat was moved around like either the theif tried to get in or tried to hotwire it. LOL... Upon cleaning it I found bits of dried glass indicating damage to breaking the window could have been from a rock. I guess it could be worse but sucks cause no matter what its gonna cost to fix it. Insurance deductible is $500. I have to wait to get a quote on replacing the lock which might be a lot (Labor for taking the door apart, replacing the lock, getting it fitted so we can use the original key). The window I might be able to do myself. I have done some on some honda with power window. I havent dont the toyota but shouldnt be too different.

Any way here is some pictures:

Passenger side door lock. We actually found the cover piece at the end of the sidewalk and snap it back into place.

Driver side door window.

Driver side door close up.

Driver side.

· Maven
3,075 Posts
Well, that is crappy. I'm assuming you had no alarm or glass breakage sensor. You may find it cheaper to replace all locks rather than try to fix one or two locks but the expert looking at it can be a better judge. Between the broken part on the door, the glass, the locks being broken, the cost will very likely exceed your deductible, so it is something you need to talk to your agent about. Paying a $500 deductible initially is tough, but to put it in perspective, by being self insured to the $500 level, you have lowered your insurance premium with your company by xx dollars a year, for how many years? or how many in the future? That's just how it all works, and the insurance company is hoping that your premiums will exceed your losses as well. It just hurts when you have to pay out a lump sum. The moral is if you really don't have the cash for the deductible, then you should consider lowering your deductible and paying a higher premium. In other words, buying the protection that you don't want to provide yourself. Insurance can be a pain.

· Cruisin' along
2019 Camry LE
852 Posts
are you saying you do not have the $500 deductible? there could be even more damage inside the car you cannot see. they could have messed with the ignition switch as well. and your front seat can be ripped.........the insurance will pay to get this car back in shape again.

1984 Toyota Cressida
5,742 Posts
was anything stolen? Like a clearly visible GPS? wallet? laptop?

People usually dont try to steal car's like camry's, they usually car hop for the rush and w.e valuable in the car.
Camrys, especially older ones, are stolen all the time. Parts for those cars are worth a lot.
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