Eight Tips to Protect Your Car at College

Driving your car to college increases your independence. You need to keep it safe from thieves and vandals, though. Use eight tips as you protect your car at college.

  1. Drive a beater car. Even though it doesn't look cool, few thieves will try to steal an older model car or one with dents and dings.
  2. Remove electronics. If your GPS or camera sit in the open, a thief is more likely to target your car. Don't just stuff your GPS or camera under the seat or toss it into the glove box, though. Completely remove all electronics and cords from your car before you leave it unattended. Erase any white marks caused by suction cups attached to the dash or window, too.
  3. Close the windows, lock the car and take the keys. Yes, you're distracted by a cute co-ed or busy chatting with friends, but these three precautions go a long way toward keeping your car safe.
  4. Invest in OnStar or Lojack. They assist police in finding your vehicle if it is stolen.
  5. Etch your driver's license into stereo equipment and speakers. This way, the police have an easier time tracking down stolen electronics.
  6. Replace the fancy wheels. They attract thieves, and wheel locks won't deter a determined thief.
  7. Layer your vehicle's security. The more safety measures you take, the better protected your car will be because no thief will steal a car that's difficult to move. So, park in a well-lit lot, preferably one that's monitored 24/7. Then, utilize an anti-theft device, such as a steering wheel lock, and disconnect the car's battery.
  8. Purchase adequate auto insurance. Despite your best efforts, your car might be stolen or vandalized. Full coverage auto insurance reduces your liability. The coverage could also pay to replace any stolen contents.

Before you drive your car to college, follow these eight tips. They protect your car and ensure you retain your independence.

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