"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..."