Best Friend Stole Car and Went on Joyrides Stealing Fuel and Thrashing The Car

Long story short best friend of 25 years was given car to do mechanical repairs and some other audio upgrades in his garage and a workshop where he does work with his family friends. While my brother was overseas the friend stole fuel from multiple stations, got the car impounded 6 am in the middle of Flinders Street, used the toll services all over Melbourne, got a speeding fine, and who knows what else is going to be coming in the mail.

It's my brother's car and he has A1 comprehensive car insurance with RACV. The friend is now a full time junkie as I've been told and his brother told me the car was leaking full oil on his driveway. The car was most likely used for drug runs, fraudulent activities and who knows what else that was done to it. The car was eventually reported stolen and the detective working the case thinks the car isn't stolen because it's apparently at the workshop.

This situation has left our whole family devastated as the car was looked after almost brand new, has $10,000 worth of upgrades, so lots of time/love/effort went into modding up the car for some idiot to ruin all that in a couple month period. Car is a FG XR6 Turbo with a sunroof, full cream leather interior, full engine mods and tune. All its life the car has had BP Ultimate 98 put in and the friend stole fuel putting in the incorrect fuel that it wasn't tuned for which is Caltex and Shell.

How can a car get taken out of impound without the proof of ownership details? Just need some advice as my brother does not have a car to get around in for the past 3 weeks. What are everyone's thoughts?

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  • +78 votes

    Username checks out

  • +1 vote

    Did he have fun

  • +60 votes

    Did the XR6 have a fully sik blow off valve?

  • +25 votes

    You are concerned about the octane part, or was that humour? I think you can pursue the junkie for premature valve seat wear.

    • +90 votes

      She needs premium, dude! Preeeemeeeeuuuummm…

    • +2 votes

      Assuming it's tuned for 98 ONLY then running lower octane fuels can definately cause detonation, which if it's bad enough, will throw a rod out the side of the block.

      If it's had as many upgrades as OP says there's a good chance it would do so if it was really caned.

      Source: my car has a 98 only tune on it and is commonly known to throw rods due to poor fuelling.

      • +13 votes

        which if it's bad enough, will throw a rod out the side of the block.

        Hahahah…. no it wont. Good lord that's a load of trash. At worst, it may blow a hole in the top of your piston after a long time. Most "modern" cars will just retard the timing and you will feel a drop in horsepower.

        Can pinging/detonation/pre-ignition cause engine damage, if left untreated, yes. Will it cause an engine to blow up and throw a leg out of bed, no.

        And pray tell, what car do you own that is prone to throwing rods through blocks due to "pinging"?? (please be Subaru something something…)

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          Not that they have rods, but if it were a rotary, pinging can blow a hole through those fragile apex seals pretty fast. Tuners will always tune them very conservatively.

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            @andyfc: Oh yeah, I agree with rotary engines and pinging or running lean.

            Only problem is old mate said “rod out the side of the block.” Not a lot of rods in a rotary. :D

        • -2 votes

          You're assuming an OEM tune, to which you are completely correct. However if you're operating outside OEM parameters on a stock tune, or running on a poor custom tune it can absolutely happen.

          I have a Mazda 6 MPS - the high pressure fuel pump on the MZR-DISI motor really only just does the job when the engine is stock, and if you're unlucky even that doesn't do the job. Look up "zoom zoom boom".

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        Your car commonly throws rods?! That is.. you commonly rebuild the engine?

      • +1 vote

        Source: my car has a 98 only tune on it and is commonly known to throw rods due to poor fuelling.

        Sounds like the source is more likely to be reading too much stuff on the internet that you don't really understand.

  • +22 votes

    cut ties with this "friend" first of all

  • +31 votes

    Your brother should take the matter up with police.

    • +1 vote

      They will do f all the police will say it is a civil matter because they are useless trying to meet gender quotas…

      • +3 votes

        not sure why you are downvoted, this is exactly what police will say

        • +3 votes

          They are probably police officers sitting in there chair eating maccers milking tax payer funds

          • +2 votes

            @Ontheshred: who hurt you?

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              @elliot81: Been to the police 4 times in my life every time they were close to useless - i know in some cases there hands are tied but in my experience they have simply been unwilling to help and they generally dont care. Even when criminal activity has occurred if there is any measure of effort to bring down the criminals they strug it off as a 'civil matter' which is essential a cop out for i CBF and i dont care about your problems. At the same time i know cops that have has shit happen and they have for there 'mates' in the force to look after them in what normally would be a 'civil' matter.

              They are no better then the criminals imo

              I have no faith in the system - it seems they only come down on people when they can fine them instead of trying to 'protect and serve' the community.

              Others might have different experiences but that is the honest truth from where im standing

              • +5 votes

                @Ontheshred: Haha my experience with them recently was no better.

                Car plates(front/back) stolen off my car from my apartment building, my car was the only one affected - they must've had a similar getaway vehicle etc.

                Contacted building staff - they said they don't care as it's in the hands of the body corp.

                The body corp couldn't care less as they require police request to the data from 2 carpark CCTV cams with clear view of my car.

                Collated all the required information and passed it on to the assigned local police station/officer(s) post initial police report - who have done nothing to contact the relevant bodies, no updates whatsoever when asked either.

                2 months later, absolutely nothing done as it does not generate any revenue for them with additional paperwork, they'd rather fine a few jaywalkers.

        • -4 votes

          The civil matter is correct, dunno what the rant about gender quotas has to do with lazy police officers though?

  • +82 votes

    man.. the storyline for the next Fast and Furious movie sounds sh^t….

  • +10 votes

    What did the impound say when you called ?

    most likely

    Go to police and do a stat dec that you own the car and were not driving it for the period

    take it to impound and pay the fee

    For damages you are going to have to sue the workshop or the junkie

  • +18 votes

    Can I borrow the car?

  • +4 votes

    Police report. Insurance. But you might have trouble because the friend "does work out of his garage" and isn't any kind of licenced mechanic - effectively your brother willing lent him the car. Insurance might not cover. Depends.

    • +1 vote

      Good thing is we know everything about him, if this was theft in another way then it's much harder. There is video surveillance of him stealing fuel, doing fraudulent activities with cards and other people's identities, apparently taking the car out of impound with his license and all. It isn't the mechanic work, it's the fact a best friend has gone out and done all of this under our family name and him being responsible for all of it!

      • +17 votes

        It isn't the mechanic work, it's the fact a best friend has gone out and done all of this under our family name and him being responsible for all of it!

        Forget the best friend. He's a junkie, I don't have high hopes he'd have money to compensate you. You need to make sure that when you file the insurance claim, that won't be denied.

        • +5 votes

          Why would insurance cover it? He gave the car to the friend. The police are right - it wasn't stolen. It may have been abused and used to commit drive-offs but it wasn't stolen. I think at best you have a civil claim against the friend.

      • +3 votes

        About time you'd drop the "best friend" title, you'd think? Seriously.

        • +1 vote

          If OP has no friends other than the junkie, then technically they are the best friend they have available lol
          Well, hope I'm completely wrong

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    How did you find out that the car had been impounded?

    • +1 vote

      A letter came home saying it's currently in impound.

      • +3 votes

        If its your (brothers) car, why dont you have proof of ownership ?

        • +9 votes

          Plot twist. Post is just for finding out how to get a car out of impound they don't own. Literally the only thing he asked about. If he says they've had it for so long and done many upgrades of course they'd have details about the car. Not only that it's automatically registered online for Rego details. All you need is to show ID. Something definitely smells fishy!

  • +7 votes

    the detective working the case thinks the car isn't stolen because it's apparently at the workshop

    Unless you're asking a trick question, your brother should collect the car from his best friend's workshop. Otherwise, bikies. Also, get his friend into rehab.

  • +100 votes

    full cream leather interior

    Nice! The low-fat leather interiors look a bit meh.

  • +3 votes

    The friend is now a full time junkie as I've been told

    You need new friends…

  • +2 votes

    Your brother should confront him about it. Get him to acknowledge his guilt as a mate of 25 years old should

    • +9 votes

      Have you ever dealt with junkies? Good luck getting them to admit or sign anything. They exist on another planet.

  • +13 votes

    Do you know which addresses the drugs were located?

    Asking for a friend.

  • +12 votes

    Mate needs to get off the see through didgeridoo

  • +9 votes

    friend stole fuel putting in the incorrect fuel that it wasn't tuned for

    This is last on your brother's list of problems honestly lol.

    Also insert obligatory "wHAT DiD tHe DeTeCtIvE sAy WhEn YoU CaLLeD thEM"

    EDIT: Wait hold on. This is definitely a troll post. This is like the second Trevor mission from GTA V. Owned.

  • +15 votes

    Didnt know cars can be tuned for BP Ultimate 98 and not for Caltex and Shell.

    • +1 vote

      That's the first question I ask when I'm tuning cars… "which 98? BP, Caltex or Shell?" :D

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