Hi everyone, new member here. I have a red 2009 WRX wagon. Purchased brand new. I have done everything possible to keep it as clean and stock as I can because I personally find value in a nice car that is not modified... that being said, I do appreciate certain mods. Anyway, some punk kids stole the WRX badge off the trunk a couple nights ago. It appears they used a screw driver and chipped the paint pretty bad.
Insurance company came out and made an estimate of $730 to relace a couple panels and repaint. I'm worried that if I replace the badge, it will get stolen again! So my question is, why do you de-badge on purpose (besides avoiding theft) and does it devalue the car at all? I'm concerned with maintaining the highest possible value of the car.
If I keep the badge off and clean up the left over adhesive, I would just need to touch-up paint the chips they made and I think it would look okay. Thoughts, advice? Thanks!