Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Tim asks: I have been thinking about getting something pre ’95, due to all the advantages you mentioned and lower personal property tax. My biggest worry is that it may get stolen. Are there any real deterrents to theft? I have an acquaintance that got an old El Camino towed away from a shop it was at. Also, neighbor had older car stolen out of driveway.
My reply: Theft is, of course, a potential worry with any car. And it’s arguable that newer cars are more vulnerable simply because they are worth more – their parts, especially. One of the additional advantages of owning an older car – especially if it’s a “beater” – is that it’s more likely to be left in peace. You can park such a car on the street with less worry than a new/newer car. You certainly won’t be as upset if you come out one morning and discover someone scraped the fender.
Also, bear in mind that new car theft-proofing won’t stop a pro. It may stop a street kid, etc.
One thing you can do to prevent an older car from being stolen is to wire in a secret “kill” switch that only you know about. A switch that cuts off power to the engine/ignition system. Very easy to do. Just locate the switch somewhere not obvious. If the car still gets stolen, it was a pro – and there wasn’t much you could have done to prevent it.
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