Car was hit this weekend, looking at dash cam options

dash-cams

(Sam Solomon) #1

My 2011 Ford Mustang was parked on the street while I was at my girlfriend’s place this weekend. When I was walking to my car the following morning I saw a bunch of debris on the ground and was initially worried that someone had broken into my car. A few steps further and I realized it was worse.

It was a hit and run. Someone had swiped rear driver-side part of my car hard and drove off without leaving a note or anything. I don’t have any way to know who hit me. Without a plate number I’m not sure it is worth opening a police report.

If I had a camera in the car, I could have figured out when the car moved and potentially got the plate number of the person driving off. So here I am starting research on dash cams.

I am not quite sure what to look for here. My main concern is concealing wires. It doesn’t appear that wireless dash cams are a thing—so I’m not sure what my options are. It would be nice to have it fit on the other side of my rear view mirror as well. What are my options here? I hate clutter and having wires everywhere is a deal breaker.

Reliability and video quality—especially in low light—are probably the next most important things. The Wirecutter’s Best Dash Cam review has the Garmin 65 as their upgrade pick. Ars Technica has the Garmin 55 as their top pick. Even with those recommendations the reviews are mixed. Those cameras are small, but apparently have issues overheating.

What else am I missing here? What makes a good dash cam?


(Internet Guy) #2

Ouch. Hope everything is OK, dude.

FWIW, not every dash camera will record while the car is parked. Those that feed directly off-of the car won’t be on for incidents like this.

You’ll want to make sure you get a camera with Parking Mode or something similar.


(Sam Solomon) #3

Just an update. My insurance company totaled the car.

Initial inspection estimated about $4,000 in body work that needed to be done. However, after the panels were removed, a second inspection revealed that the rear axel was bent and there was a good bit of damage to the frame. The damage was worth a few grand more than the car.

I get a check from the insurance company, but guess there’s no need for a dash cam now, lol.