This is not a joke. Part of the story here, which I personally found fascinating because I am Canadian, is that the car was stolen and tracked from Canada to a Canadian port, bound for the Middle East.
I won’t spoil the rest of the story but I can’t imagine the owner (or the owner’s better half) would be too happy.
All credit to Kelley Blue Book. I think they are the best place for car information in the world. I’m on regular basis googling manufacturers’ and dealers’ websites to learn about their vehicles. It’s great to know where your vehicle is going and know there are also real-time GPS signals back to you, which will allow you to trace it as it went off its desired course.
Unless I was in a very busy intersection, which is rarer but is also a worst-case scenario, I’ve always found KBC’s tool to be very reliable.
Here’s a lot more from Kelley Blue Book’s report:
The poorly disguised decal and flowers on the front licence plate revealed a red GMC Sierra Work Truck, a known stolen vehicle on KBB’s stolen vehicle lookup. “Vehicles that are reported stolen, present visual characteristics that make it easy for us to quickly scan a vehicle’s missing vehicle locator database and quickly identify those on the stolen vehicle database,” said Jim Hallett, KBB’s director of fleet products. “Paint and decals, as well as more visible components on the exterior such as airbags and grilles, make stolen vehicles easier to identify.”
I want to see how much plastic the thieves used. There might be a safety feature that allows it to fly under the radar for so long. There might be some security screen that those thieves got into, but it won’t be too hard to bypass.
Anyway, these guys are responsible for keeping all the rest of us safe, here.