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Stolen: 1990 Blue Mazda 626 Lx Hatchback, Sierra Vista Az

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My blue 1990 Mazda 626 hatchback disappeared from a repair shop called Innovative Automotive in Sierra Vista AZ, in January 2014.  I was just informed the Sheriff's department will no longer look for it, nor have they tagged it as "stolen" in the Motor Vehicles database. 

The former owners of Innovative Automotive skipped the state, and ripped off a bunch of people.  My car was in for an engine replacement, and they had a $1000 down payment from me for that.  That disappeared also, of course.  I know there's no chance of getting my money back, but I hope my car can be found. 

It's a blue hatchback, new A/C compressor, rather new radiator, new clutch, working electric door locks and windows, moon roof sealed shut, clean interior in good shape, one headlight and one tail light damaged, paint worn off on hood from blowing sand in Arizona.  It was all in great condition, except the engine.  Cylinder head was off, and sitting on front passenger-side floorboard.  It had to be towed or pulled away from the repair shop.

 

It may have long since been taken across the border into Mexico, or could have been sold for salvage in S. Arizona.  It had many parts in very good condition. 

If you've seen such a Mazda anywhere, or if you see one that fits this description being sold as a parts car, please let me know.  My ex and I bought this car new in 1989, and I'm very attached to it.  I have its title here, and can prove ownership.  Motor Vehicles shows no action on its VIN, so no one has tried to get a salvage title on it.  That's pretty uncommon here in S AZ, though, where cars are sold for salvage (or otherwise) without titles, and many cars go across the border into Mexico for repair or parts.

 

Thanks.  Feel free to email me directly with any info at:  bmontes@iland.net
 

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Please post the VIN #. and any pictures of the car you might have.

Sierra Vista, AZ zip code is 85635 which might help others attempting to help you a bit easier.

 

There is a Blue 1989 listed in AZ.  Junkyards sometimes list the years incorrectly based on the manufacturers date stamped on the vehicle.  Sometimes they don't even look up the VIN.  I would give these a shot.

 

1991 Mazda 626 M and R Auto USA-AZ (Hereford) 1-800-362-0810  (9 miles from your zip code)

 

I just looked up car-part.com and searched for a part that would most likely still be included on the car and have the original blue color (hood).  Then listed by distance to your zip code.

 

Why would the police not list the car as stolen if it's obviously stolen???

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djdevon3, thank you so much!  That salvage yard is just a few miles from me.  I'll go there tomorrow.

VIN # is JM1GD2421L1830401

The sheriff's department says its status as "stolen" is questionable under the law, and that I should pursue this in civil court.  I have to prove that I had an arrangement with the previous owner of the shop (the one who skipped town) to store my car while I paid for the repair.  I think if the current owner of the repair shop had reported it stolen when it disappeared, that would have worked.  But he says he was happy to see it gone.  He says he didn't know who it belonged to, but I've since learned it would have been easy for him to find out by contacting the police, the sheriff, or Motor Vehicles.

Again, thanks.  I'll let you know if this turns out to be my car.  Then I hope I can find a repair shop that will actually do an engine replacement on it.

 

 

 

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Oh the blue 1989 was an MX6.  I doubt junkyards would mix up a 626 and MX6.  Sorry about that.  I think that's the only 1989-1991 626 in your area.  I always give plus or minus one year when doing searches for this kind of thing because junkyard listings aren't always exact unless they are a highly professional junkyard which most aren't.

 

Also keep in mind they might have painted it to make it harder for you to find.

 

Also search craigslist ads for your region.

1988 Engine for sale

1991 Mazda 626 for sale (white with interior pictures)

 

Here's a listing for March 9th where the listing was removed.  This is all that remains of the listing.  What kind of time period do you believe he would have gotten rid of it?

 

Mar 9, 2014 ... have a mazda 626 for sale. it runs and drives. does not over heat. a/c and power windows work. decent paint and body for the age. has small oil ...
 
No listings on eBay for any 3rd gen 626 vehicles.  I hope all of this helps.  If someone stole my car these resources are how I would go about tracking it down.  Just pray it's in a junkyard and not sitting in the back of one of his buddies back yards or something.  Only hope is that he tried to sell it to a scrapyard for some quick cash before skipping town.  That seems like something someone skipping town would do just to boost their wallet before high tailing it out of town. 
 
Also junkyards might buy a car for scrap but not actually be able to put it out in the yard or crush it until they get the title.  So ask if they have any 626's like that when you visit.  By law they are not allowed to scrap a car unless they have the title.  A way around that is to hold the car for a certain time period, claim it as a derelict, and then scrap it.  So if that's the case you still have time to find it but you must find it and claim it with the authorities.  You will need to show proof of ownership (title) for that to happen.  That's a best case scenario provided you actually find it.  Due to the circumstances of him skipping town I think chances are good for you that you'll find it in a junkyard in your area.  Every junkyard you visit remember to ask the management if they've had any 1989-1991 626's there recently.  Ask questions.

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I'm going there tomorrow anyway. I think I should get aggressive and go to every salvage yard in my area.  I wish I hadn't waited for 2 months, while I thought the sheriff was doing something.

I looked more closely at the parts listing -- the damage code for the 626 hood shows damage in the right headlight area, where mine had been backed into a long time ago.  Could be my car! 

 

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2 months?  yikes.  if your car is still in a junkyard after 2 months it's probably been torn through by pickers.

keep us updated.  good luck.

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Jesus, that sucks! :(

 

My bet is that it's gone to Mexico or being driven around somewhere.

 

Wow....might be time to install a GPS tracker in mine...

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Yes, it totally sucks.  I've had comments on posts on Facebook about "it's so old, why do you care?"  But I love that car.  Bought it new.  We've been a lot of places together, and it's been so reliable.

I checked at the nearby salvage yard, and no luck.  Also called a salvage yard in Phoenix that had parts from my exact model listed:  Blue 1990 Mazda 626 LX hatchback.  The owner there said they truly don't accept cars without a title (and said that other smaller salvage operations do that routinely), and that he hadn't taken in a 1990 Mazda 626 in a couple of years.  Said those parts were from a car taken in long ago.  He sounded credible, and I believe him.

Nothing on Craigslist.  I'll keep looking and hoping...

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It's no good calling around the salvage yards asking about your stolen car.  They can get in trouble if a reported stolen car shows up in their yard and they are selling parts off of it.  So they won't be helpful.  You are better off calling and asking for a blue 1990 626, and then asking if the hood is still available and if it's undamaged.

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