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.
To file a claim for your missing vehicle you need to have comprehensive insurance coverage as part of your car insurance policy. If you only have state-minimum liability coverage, then you're unable to make a claim.Once the claim is made, your insurance company will determine if, according to the terms of your policy and their internal rules, this situation can be categorized as covered peril (stolen car). Speaking to a couple of different car insurance providers, we received different answers about this type of claim. One insurer that said with a police report you could file a comprehensive claim. This adjuster said after a very thorough investigation (don't be surprised if they ask for your phone records and other personal documents) a final determination would be made on if an insured would be paid out for a stolen vehicle. (See “ Why you're a suspect in your own car theft.”) The other auto insurance carrier said that, in this type of case, there is no proof that you have a loss, so it normally wouldn't accept your claim. This auto insurance company said it would consider forgetting where you parked to be gross negligence on your part, which would negate your coverages under the terms of its car insurance policies. Since guidelines and policy terms vary greatly from one car insurance company to another, you will have to discuss your situation and potential stolen car claim with your auto insurer. Keep in mind that if your claim is accepted then as part of your settlement you'll have to sign over the title of the car to your insurer. This means once you've been paid out actual cash value for your vehicle (less your comprehensive deductible amount) if the car is later recovered, it will be the property of your car insurance company.