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Oct 20, 2006, 03:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chander Kant)

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"I recently had the phone antenna from my car stolen. This was the second incidence of the exact same part getting stolen from my car!! This piddly little part with very simple looking construction, cost me close to $180 to replace the first time around. Given that I don't even use a built-in phone in my car, I had to fork this money pretty much for cosmetic reasons (there was a gaping hole at a prominent location on the roof of the car) and to plug-in the hole to prevent rain water from seeping in.

"I was hoping to find a more cost-effective solution this time around, but couldn't. Auto shops basically told me that the part was very specific to the manufacturer of the car. There were no specifications available, and the only solution was to buy the original proprietary part..."

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