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A North Carolina woman says her car was stolen because of the viral ‘Kia Challenge’.
Rachel Bestman, who shared her story on Tik Tok, said her car was taken on Monday.
Thieves have posted videos on how to steal Kia and Hyundai vehicles using a USB cable
For 24-year-old Rachel Bestman, her car was her new beginning.
Bestman, a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, recently purchased a Hyundai Elantra, a car she said she loves. However, her world was turned upside down when she realized her vehicle was not in its usual place on Monday.
Bestman was leaving her apartment complex on her way to work around 10:30 p.m. when she noticed her car was missing.
“I was in denial for about a good three minutes,” Bestman told Insider, adding that she was distressed. “I walked through the parking lot thinking, ‘It’s my fault. I misplaced my car’.”
Bestman said a security guard who works for the resort approached her and called the tow yard to help locate her car. She was told her car had been towed away after it was found outside another apartment complex a few blocks from her home.
“The maintenance guy told the trailer driver that there were four men hanging on my doors like it was a gym in the jungle, and when he approached the car, they all fled,” she said. “The ignition had been dismantled and the car had two broken tyres.”
She then learned about the “Kia Challenge”, which went viral on social media, especially on Tik Tok.
She now thinks she is the victim of a social media contest.
As Insider’s Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert previously reported, people are posting videos online showing instructional videos that share the steps to steal a car — especially Kia and Hyundai — using nothing but a cord. USB charging after damaging the ignition.
“The mentality of people even taking someone’s hard-earned money and throwing it away is ridiculous,” Bestman said. “To find out it was above a trend. Honestly, that put the icing on the cake. It was a real downside for me.”
Local police recently warned residents of increasing car thefts
Auto thefts have increased in towns across the county, including Charlotte. In a July 25 tweet, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department shared that “nearly 200 cars have been stolen in the past 2 weeks.”
According to local news, data from the department reveals that there has been an increase in thefts at Hyundai and Kia. Additionally, according to Fox 8 in North Carolina, law enforcement said all recent car theft incidents showed ignition damage. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Kia and Hyundai responded to the incident in statements to USA TODAY, noting their concern over the recent thefts and adding that their vehicles “meet or exceed” federal motor vehicle safety standards.
Bestman shared his story on TikTok to raise awareness
Earlier this week, Bestman shared his experience in an emotional video on TikTok that garnered over 11 million views.
“If I could prevent this from happening to someone else, that’s the point,” Bestman told Insider. TO DO. And people have been very supportive.
Insider contacted Outlaw Towing on Saturday and owner Shannon, who declined to give his last name, confirmed he towed his car, which had ignition damage and two flat tires.
Since Bestman shared his story on TikTok, Shannon said he’s been bombarded with calls, despite not having any other cars with similar damage to Bestman in his tow yard.
“Since [Bestman] posted on TikTok I keep getting calls from people all over the country and Charlotte to check if I have a Hyundai or a Kia because theirs was stolen and then people are also checking with me about other cars,” Shannon told Insider. “I’m just asking them to call 311 because I don’t have their vehicles. It’s not like I tow every stolen car in Charlotte.”
Bestman said she is now stuck with multiple bills to fix the car and pay the towing company due to this incident, but is grateful to those who have helped her during this time.
“I received Cash Apps, which almost overwhelms me,” she said. “To feel the love and see the support from strangers who don’t owe me kindness, and they weren’t the ones who took my car…I’m so grateful.”
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