the dealership I sell for just had four Venzas with all the wheels and tires stolen this week. We're small town dealership with no prior need for security cameras but they're being installed quickly. We've had stolen tailgates and wheels and tires off of F 150 as well. OEM parts are expensive.
The only other car I know with 6 lug wheels are the Kia/Hyundai minivan twins. But I don't know the exact bolt pattern. And oh yeah, the first gen. Cadillac CTS-V.
Even if the all three share the same bolt pattern, it's not like you'll see the Kia/Hyundai minivans and CTS-V on every other shopping mall parking lot.
Maybe there's enough owners of older Chevy Traverse out there who wants new rimz.
So every dealership I have ever driven by at night is lit up like a Christmas tree and on main roads. So nobody noticed or saw either a large truck or several cars parked in a lot with people scrambling around making all kinds of noise with impact guns, wrenches, etc.
I guess I just live in a more populated area because that would never happen to the dealers near me. Between surveillance (which can be live feed to someone watching a screen), locked entry gates (typically alarmed as well), police patrol; they wouldn't get far.
Also this brings up my other point on the accountability of scrap yards. If some guy who is not a contractor or some other worker (plumber, HVAC, etc.) shows up at a yard with a load of copper or some other high commodity item, wouldn't that raise suspicion. Of course they melt it down or shred it up and all evidence is gone. Kinda sucks that they just take whatever from whoever at the scrap yards without any checks and balances in place.
That usually turns up a ton of results. Looks like the only other option is Saturn Outlook
Last edited by Gitcha Sum; 10-11-2012 at 03:38 PM.
BTW, if the scrap yards were required by the IRS to issue 1099's to scrappers as was proposed, theft for scrap would drop dramatically.
The place I use issues key ring tags to identify every scrapper. They put the system in place to prepare for the 1099 proposal and to track those who come in with catalytic converters, city plaques and copper pipe.