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Dec 16, 2009 8:43 AM by Tom Durian

Stolen 35 years ago, vehicle auctioned for charity

A recovered 1965 Volkswagen Bus is being sold at auction with the proceeds donated to charity.

In 1974, the V.W. Bus was reported stolen by an Allstate customer.  Allstate paid the claim and, as part of the claims process, the vehicle title was transferred to Allstate.

The vehicle was missing for 35 years until October of this year, when it was discovered during a U.S. Customs Service inspection of a shipping container departing for the Netherlands. U.S. Customs, the California Highway Patrol, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau conducted an investigation of the vehicle's history, which includes several possessors in multiple states across the country during the last 35 years, and concluded that Allstate is the lawful title holder.

"Typically, if we do recover a stolen vehicle, it's in worse shape than before it was stolen and it's worth less - sometimes far less - than the amount we paid to our customer to settle their claim," noted Paul Huber, Allstate's director of claims in the company's northwest region. "The situation with this Bus is so unique that we thought it required a unique approach."

Working with national auction vendor, Copart, Allstate will make the 1965 V.W. bus available for public auction on Friday, December 18.

The proceeds of the auction will be donated to Lydia Place, a nonprofit organization in Washington State serving homeless women and children impacted by domestic violence.

 

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