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A Cautionary Tale - the front of the new Fiat 500s unbolts and can be stolen

Mine was stolen overnight from the street outside my house in full view of about 20 houses - screwdriver forced into door lock (to open the bonnet I guess), whole front bumper, grill, lights and bonnet gone.


A neighbour over the road who's a mechanic showed me where it is all bolted on with two big bolts.


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Condolences.

I don't have any words strong enough to describe my feelings for the scumbags who perpetrate these kind of acts - at least not ones I can use without having to ban myself from the forum.

I guess all you can do now is let the insurers sort it out.
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Yep. Police not interested. Bolts left behind. Wiring cut. Obviously going onto a crashed one. Xenon lights so if there's a repaired black write off with xenons on Ebay in the next few weeks, say hello to my front 1/3rd.
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Yep. Police not interested. Bolts left behind. Wiring cut. Obviously going onto a crashed one. Xenon lights so if there's a repaired black write off with xenons on Ebay in the next few weeks, say hello to my front 1/3rd.
I can see where this might be headed.

Insurance company writes the car off; the parts to repair this will cost a fortune, and they'll get good money for the salvage as there's no structural damage. Gets passed through the food chain to a shady bodyshop; a new front end is 'ordered', which magically appears after a long, dark night... ...followed by another post from someone who's just had their front end nicked .

Just the job for 'Des' (for those old enough remember the early 'Minder' episodes).
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Whereabouts in the country are you Ron? Locals can keep an eye out!
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Catford. Right outside house under a streetlight. I saw it at 1am out the window. Wife went to drive it at 6.10. Only 18 months old with 5k on. It's been jinxed from day one.
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Now worried someone's going to lift the battery, radiator etc
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Here's the bits nicked off my wife's 500s. I do feel for you. Ok ours isn't as bad as what has happened to you but it's still frustrating that people will go to any lengths.
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What can you do? Anyone recommend a reliable alarm? Do Fiat retrofit one?
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Condolences Ron. @typecastboy what would your considered opinion be?
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That's awful, the poor car. At least it wasent stolen and wrecked, your insurance should sort it and it ought to be a straightforward parts replacement job unless there's some collateral damage. Best get it under cover somewhere safe asap and yes fit an alarm, they might come back for the doors!
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That's awful, the poor car. At least it wasent stolen and wrecked, your insurance should sort it and it ought to be a straightforward parts replacement job unless there's some collateral damage. Best get it under cover somewhere safe asap and yes fit an alarm, they might come back for the doors!
It has been towed already. Only actual damage was the door and a couple of wiring looms cut. It still started and drove (onto the recovery truck.)


Recovery bloke had never seen anything like it before.
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Let's hope they repair it,,,
The parts list will have quite a few parts on it, the lights being my main concern re cost?
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Let's hope they repair it,,,
The parts list will have quite a few parts on it, the lights being my main concern re cost?

I have a back to invoice Gap policy so a write off won't matter so much. Just the whole thing is hassle. More worried at the moment that the repairer will price it up with standard headlights. Hopefully not.
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