Comprehensive Insurance Might Have Helped a North Dakota Car Owner After Auto Shop Theft

Lisa Steuer McArdle
· 3 min read
Trusting others with your vehicle, especially when it's getting
, is part of owning one. When you bring a car to a repair shop, you expect the business to have adequate security measures that would prevent your car from being stolen.
Unfortunately for a man in
North Dakota
, this was not the case—because he was recently a victim of
car theft
when his vehicle was stolen from a repair shop.
If he had a better car insurance plan beforehand, it may have helped his situation.
A North Dakota man was a victim of car theft when his keys were stolen from an auto shop recently.

Car stolen from Walmart Auto Center in North Dakota

According to a news report by
Valley News Live
, Dale Sadek did not have a great summer— because his keys were stolen off the counter at the Walmart Auto Center while he was getting routine maintenance done to his 2009 Buick Lucerne in May.
Security footage shows two females walking up to the counter and taking his keys. The two women drove off the lot like they owned the vehicle, and no one looked twice.
Walmart reportedly did not compensate Sadek for his vehicle. Because of the theft, Sadek couldn’t get to work for five days. He had to purchase a new vehicle, and now he says he is $9,000 in debt.
Fortunately for Sadek his vehicle was found, but it had been trashed and covered by graffiti on the exterior. No suspects have been identified.
When reporters attempted to interview Walmart about the incident, the company reportedly did not respond.
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More auto department thefts

It’s not the first time a vehicle was stolen from Walmart, according to
. In 2016, a woman in Odessa, TX also had her vehicle's keys stolen from a repair shop desk.
Unlike Sadek, Walmart rented Annabel Vasquez a vehicle while the investigation was underway. When Walmart finally conceded two months later that the vehicle's theft was indeed their responsibility to cover, she received a check for $6,500.

Comprehensive coverage and stolen vehicles

Theft accounted for over $6.4 billion nationwide in damages in 2019, according to the
. To protect yourself from car theft, it’s a good idea to have a sufficient security system in place and ample
comprehensive coverage
that can help in the event of a disaster.
Comprehensive coverage varies, but the basic coverage can replace the actual cash value of the vehicle minus the deductible. Basically, it covers you for any damage that occurs to your vehicle outside of a car accident.
Theft of any kind is a horrible ordeal, so it’s a good idea to have good comprehensive coverage in case it happens to you. This may have helped Sadek cover his expenses after his car was stolen.
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