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Nissan offering vehicle assistance for victims

| MKirk@queenscourier.com

Two area Nissan dealerships are participating in the automaker’s Tri-State Vehicle Assistance Program, offering repair and replacement services to all residents whose vehicles were damaged by Sandy.

As a part of the program, Great Neck Nissan and Nissan of Queens are providing transportation, assessment and repair of damaged vehicles at no cost to the consumer and will work directly with insurance providers to assure claims are managed accurately. Furthermore, if a vehicle is deemed to be a total loss or if the owner chooses not to repair it, the consumer will be eligible for special pricing on a new vehicle. Rental cars are available as well.

Stacey Baron, general manager of Great Neck Nissan, estimated the number of people who have participated in the program so far to be in the hundreds.

“We’re towing them in with their cars while they’re in the tow truck,” Baron said. “They’re just stranded where they are.”

Baron went on to say that many of the cars brought in are considered to be a total loss.

“It’s the saddest thing. They’re coming in to buy two cars. The normal conversation is to negotiate price, negotiate color and they’re looking at me like they don’t know what to do. They’re more concerned about getting contractors in their homes. They’ve been so grateful.”

One Great Neck Nissan customer gave a positive review of the initiative on Great Neck Nissan’s website. Along with praising the program, the man was also happy with the staff, describing one salesman as having a “straight-forward approach,” adding, “his ability to make someone feel welcome was a relief after an exhausting day of disappointments.”

Those interested in the program are encouraged to call 888-376-9519 to find out more information.

Rash of rims and tires being stolen in south Queens

| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

If you live in Howard Beach, Ozone Park or Lindenwood, police are cautioning that you keep an eye on your car — and be wary of where you store your wheel lock key.

There has been an increased number of thefts in rims and tires from late-model Nissan Maximas, Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys, police said.

Thieves have allegedly been taking tires from cars, on the side that does not face the owner’s house, so drivers may not notice until they are already in the vehicle. Police said one of the main problems is car owners storing their wheel lock key in the glove compartment. Because of this, police said, passenger side windows may be broken to get to the key. While it is a convenient place to store it, vandals have broken into passenger side windows to look for the key, police said.

The cost to replace a full set of rims and tires can be upwards of thousands of dollars, both police and auto dealers confirm.

Anthony Panarella, executive manager of Nissan of Queens in Ozone Park, said car owners should go to their dealer to get the auto-manufactured wheel lock, as opposed to going to a place like Pep Boys, where each wheel lock has the same key. A dealer-made wheel lock, he said, has its own unique key. If lost, the dealer has to break the lock and install a new one.

“Whatever brand your vehicle is,” he said, “go to your dealer and purchase your manufacturer wheel lock.”

One of the dealership’s cars was broken into last week. All four rims and wheels were stolen and the passenger-side window was broken into.

If someone is going to keep a wheel lock key in the car, Panarella said, they should keep it somewhere safe other than the glove compartment or center console.