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I Lost My Car. Will Insurance Pay?

Question: If I can't find my car, can I file an auto insurance claim for it?  I went to an unfamiliar area at night for a party and ended up being in no condition to drive, so I got a ride home. I went back to pick up my car but can't remember exactly where I parked it. I have looked on many nearby streets with no luck. I also called the police and towing companies, but they have no record of my car being picked up. At this point, I believe it has been stolen. What should I do?

Answer: You should file a claim with your insurance company. They may not accept it, but you've made a good-faith effort to make sure the car isn't simply lost.

We've all seen people using their car key's panic button in a crowded parking lot to find their car, so forgetting where you've parked isn't unusual.  Not finding your car at all is unusual, but it does happen.

A German man was recently reunited with his vehicle two years after he reported it missing.  It was found three miles from where he thought he parked it.  It was determined that the car wasn't stolen since it was locked and still contained tools worth over $50,000.  A British man also had his car found after two years.  It was in the parking garage next to garage where he thought he had parked.

We're glad you made the right choice and found a ride home instead of operating your vehicle and putting yourself at risk for causing an accident or being cited for driving under the influence.   If you're still unable to find your vehicle, then you can file a claim with your car insurance company -- but it will be up to their guidelines if the claim will be accepted.

Is an empty parking space proof of theft?

In time your car may be found where you parked it -- or it may have been stolen as you suspect.  It sounds as if you've done your due diligence by looking for your car and calling to see if it were impounded.  So, if you truly think it has been stolen, then you should report it to the police.  Your car insurance company will require a police report for a stolen car claim.

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