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I came outside today, got in my car, ran some errands, and then I was walking back to my car and noticed a large dent around my front door handle.

I took a closer look and see a big silver hole right under the door handle. Someone tried to break into my 05' V but they didnt succeed.

The weird thing is, this same thing happened to my buddy last Sunday out in the city when he was parked next to me, but Im almost 100% positive I took a close look at my car to see if they tried my car too after he told me about it, and I doubt I could have gone a full week without noticing this. It must have happened last night.

Anyway, can anyone estimate the cost of the damages? Has this ever happened to anyone? Should I claim this on insurance or just pay for it if I have the money?

Could have been worse.
 

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That sucks. Need some pics. If its going to be really expensive then yea, insurance claim, if its not too bad just pay out of pocket...
 

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the V doesnt have a factory security system? I never even bothered to check because I think anyone would assume it would.
 

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the V doesnt have a factory security system? I never even bothered to check because I think anyone would assume it would.

If it's set and working AND they open the door, the horn will honk. If they break the window and crawl through it will not sound.
 

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how hard is it to totally disable the factory alarm, say, if one of us wanted to install an aftermarket...

i know you need the alarm fob to do programming (i believe you need to hold down one of the buttons to reprogram the tire pressure sensors, or something like that, i remember reading).
 

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If it's set and working AND they open the door, the horn will honk. If they break the window and crawl through it will not sound.
Not quite true ( I believe I've relayed this story before.) My '05 was broken into in exactly the same way a couple of years ago and my alarm did not go off! They popped the lock into the door frame (we found it later.) I know my alarm was set as I always set it upon leaving the vehicle, and we tested it right after the event. To make things short, the area around the lock was dented and the lock had to be replaced and the door repainted. The repair was covered totally by my insurance and the repair was flawless. Total charge to my insurance company I believe was about $1,000.00.

By the way, they were scared away by a couple of salesmen entering my office (the car was parked right outside my office door - mid morning, sunny day.) They ran off and took nothing but my owner's manual.
 

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So if you tested it right after and it worked, then it was working. Why it didn't go off for them means they found a way around it.
 

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Not quite true ( I believe I've relayed this story before.) My '05 was broken into in exactly the same way a couple of years ago and my alarm did not go off! They popped the lock into the door frame (we found it later.) I know my alarm was set as I always set it upon leaving the vehicle, and we tested it right after the event. To make things short, the area around the lock was dented and the lock had to be replaced and the door repainted. The repair was covered totally by my insurance and the repair was flawless. Total charge to my insurance company I believe was about $1,000.00.

By the way, they were scared away by a couple of salesmen entering my office (the car was parked right outside my office door - mid morning, sunny day.) They ran off and took nothing but my owner's manual.
GM needs to put fewer pics in manual. That will drive off those thieves.
 

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This is a major problem on GM cars. About 6 years ago my GTP was broken into the exact same way. It ended up costing $500 to have the hole filled and the door sprayed. I was young and stupid and had about 200 CD's in the car, all taken. This also happened just before the holidays to my father-in-law's Tahoe.
 

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This is a major problem on GM cars. About 6 years ago my GTP was broken into the exact same way. It ended up costing $500 to have the hole filled and the door sprayed. I was young and stupid and had about 200 CD's in the car, all taken. This also happened just before the holidays to my father-in-law's Tahoe.
Thieves apparently know how easy it is - I have the whole episode on video (our company monitors our parking areas) and the whole process took all of a minute and a half!
 
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