What item is most often stolen from vehicles?
(C) Air Bag
(D) DVD System
Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft – approximately
50,000 a year nationally in the United States. New airbags cost about $1,000 for Whitefield but go for $50 to $200 on the black market.
Stolen airbags are making their way back into vehicles that have been in an accident in Whitefield. Of course, the danger to the
consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work
right when you need them.
There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag replacements are stolen or salvaged airbags – or no airbag is installed at all.
That is definitely car part you don't want to take a chance with, so we recommend following the following guidelines:
- Use a reputable collision repair center like Hardman's Auto Sales in Whitefield that employs ASE certified mechanics.
- Inspect the invoice to ensure that the Whitefield repair shop purchased the airbag from a ME manufacturer, dealer, or recycler.
- If you can inspect the airbag prior to installation, it should be packaged in a sealed container from the manufacturer or recycler.
You will see the SRS light (Supplemental Restraint System) when you first start your vehicle up. This tells you that the airbag system
is activated. If you do not see the SRS light, there is a problem with the airbag system.
Give us a call
Hardman's Auto Sales
444 Wiscasset Road
Whitefield, ME 04353
At Hardman's Auto Sales we install quality NAPA replacement parts.