• Apr 27, 2010
There's a reason car thieves prefer run of the mill vehicles like the Honda Accord over flashier metal. With thousands of the things running the roads of every city in America, it's nearly impossible for law enforcement to track down one car out of the masses. And that's nearly exactly what the NYPD told Amanda Pogany three years ago when her 1996 Accord was stolen. Then something unexpected happened. During a recent raid on a chop shop, the police turned up Pogany's car, though it had changed somewhat from the last time she saw it.

The individual who bought the stolen Honda from the thieves had completely worked it over. Not only did Pogany find a new engine under the hood and new wheels on each corner, the car had been converted from an automatic to a manual transmission. Police estimate the car is now worth quite a bit more than when it vanished back in 2007.

Sadly, the Accord's rightful owner hasn't taken it for a spin just yet. Ironically, Pogany doesn't know how to drive stick, and she's currently fighting through the mountains of red tape involved with getting a new VIN and re-titling the car. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

[Source: New York Daily News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Best part of the article:

      "I'm Jewish," Pogany said, "and I don't even know how to drive a stick shift!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        So awesome how that just seems to be hand in hand in the article. I mean, I have a jewish friend, and he doesn't know how to drive stick either! Must be true! This article seems to be written by a 10 year old.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn it...just show me the Carfax!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate to be a kill-joy... but if the engine is stolen too, would she still get that in her car?

      Or would she have to "Flintstone" it?

      ..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still a Honda.
      But at least she'll be more popular with the FF type students at her school.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heck I'd sell it
      • 4 Years Ago
      How do you change a car from automatic to stick?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Put a third pedal on the floor and a boot around the shift lever on the center console.

        Then the hard work begins.

        As for the insurance comments, yes, if she had insurance and made a claim they would have long since paid for the car and the insurance company would now be the rightful owner. She may not have had insurance, or only basic coverage that wouldn't cover a total loss or theft.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most cars its that easy.... so long as they MAKE a manual version of the car you are swapping.

        To make it run is easy, to make it run RIGHT sometimes involves some electronic trickery.

        • 4 Years Ago
        You swap the transmissions, install pedals and change the shifter. Its almost plug and play.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The sad part is... the person who bought the car from the chop shop... "possibly" thinking it was a legit purchase... now doesn't have a car! That stinks! The teacher... three years later, likely already has a car she is driving, the dude that just got his car impounded does not!
        • 4 Years Ago
        HJC,

        Huh?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they arrested the operators of the chop shop, the purchaser would likely get some restitution. No idea what that amount might be, but I doubt they'll be completely out in the cold.
        • 4 Years Ago
        John
        I'll bet you voted for Obama :=)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure my stolen GSR is in parts across the country by now, but I wouldn't mind if it were returned to me with some goodies :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      She never claimed it through her insurance??
        • 4 Years Ago
        She may need a new VIN because the current one is unidentifiable? Who knows. Then again, maybe the writer just doesn't know what she's talking about. She also said that the accord has a new V-8... >.>
        • 4 Years Ago
        @KC

        I think that's an H22.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That and why does she need a new VIN?

        The VIN is tied to the chassis, were they all shaved off I guess? If so, how did they know it was her car? The old VIN would still apply to it, even if it does have a Prelude engine and transmission.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably only have 3rd party insurance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @KC

        Thanks, Captain Obvious!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The VIN had been filed off:
        "An officer told Pogany that cops found her Honda while busting a Queens chop shop and were able to trace it back to her even though the VIN number had been filed off."
        • 4 Years Ago
        She might have had only liability insurance. But umm...isn't it likely that almost all the parts in the car are "hot" as well?! That's going to make it pretty much impossible to get retitled.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's not a V8. That's a Honda 2.4 I4 Vtec Accord Type R Euro Spec engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A 1996 Accord looks much better than the bloated current Accord.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda should take some tips from these theives on how all Accords should be built.

      Makes me want to go buy used Accord Sedan and leave the keys in it.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought her last name was spelled the same as Pagani, had to Google it =)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pogany (Pogány) is a Hungarian name, it means "infidel" os "pagan" so you are close....
        : )
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JayP

        sounds like a chinese knockoff of the zonda

        Press release by Geely:
        THE WORLDS FOR BEST NEW SUPER-CAR!!
        POGANY HONDA!
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