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Old 07-17-2008, 01:39 PM
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This e-mail warning was sent to me by a friend. Is it this easy to bypass all of the security on our cars? [&:]

"The car thieves peer through the windshield of your car or vehicle,
write down the VIN # from the label on the dash, go to the local car
dealership and request a duplicate key based on the VIN #.

I didn't believe this e-mail, so I called Chrysler-Dodge and pretended I had lost my keys. They told me to just bring in the VIN #, and they would cut me one on the spot, and I could order the keyless device if I wanted.


The Car Dealer's Parts Department will make a duplicate key from the VIN #, and collect payment from the thief who will return to your car. He doesn't have to break in, do any damage to the vehicle, or draw attention to himself. All he has to do is walk up to your car, insert the key and off he goes to a chop shop.

To avoid this from happening to you, simply put some dark tape (electrical
tape, duct tape or medical tape) across the VIN Number Metal Label
located on the dashboard. By law, you cannot remove the VIN, but you can cover it so it can't be viewed through the windshield by a car thief."
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:19 PM
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Get LOJACK. Too bad Harold didn't have this put on his bike.
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:33 PM
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By law the VIN must be in site when the car is parked. Not just in my state, but all 50.
This was a problem with Cars until the advent of the key chip. Dodge has used a computer chip in keys since 2002. You can have a key cut that can unlock a door, but without the tuned fob, just a cut key wont start the beast.
The one time I lost my keys, and locked myself out of my 04 neon it took a special locksmith and 2 hours to get me back on the road. Even with AAA it cost 400+.
I locked myself out of my 05 Dakota, but thought I was wise and had a hide a key made. It unlocked the doors but would not start the car.
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Just out of curiosity, why does it have to be in sight?
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The one time I did this they asked me to prove I owned the car.
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