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Sticky fingers: top 5 stolen car parts

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Criminals steal custom rims and tires because they can easily find customers for these car parts, says Calkins. They are also relatively easy to take, and rims alone can run $500 or more. "Thieves don't have to tow the car to take the tires. They can simply get a crew of people to come in and remove them within minutes," he says.

To discourage theft of these car parts, Calkins advises taking normal precautions like parking in well-lit areas and secure garages. He also suggests buying wheel locks, which are special lug-nut replacements that deter theft. A set of four retails for around $20.


 

 

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