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Old 07-18-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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burgerlar stole spare key, what to do tonight

came home and house had been broken into, determined spare key was missing (left wifes volvo key alone)

1. is there something I can do tonight to keep car safe (2001 330ci).

2. can dealer change key completely and at what cost?


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Old 07-18-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:26 PM   #3
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I'm not sure how much dealers charge to re-key, but I'd definitely park the car in a garage at someone's house that you trust until you can get that done. It'd be one less thing to worry about. Chances are, they're waiting to see you leave it in the driveway and bye-bye car.

People are such jerks sometimes. Sorry about your situation.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:26 PM   #4
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try disabling the cars ability to start....I.e. pulling spark plug wires, or removing the spark plugs. So if your right and he comes back for the car he wont be able to start it.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:27 PM   #5
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Take out the battery until you can get the dealer to rekey it for you.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:28 PM   #6
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I'm pretty sure that the dealer can deactivate a specific key; someone could get in, but wouldn't be able to start car...think something like that.

In the meanwhile, park the car elsewhere...at friends/family where guy with key wouldn't know to look for it...get ride back by taxi/friend/local fanatic.

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:31 PM   #7
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:39 PM   #8
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Was it a spare MASTER KEY or spare VALET KEY or spare WALLET KEY?

There is a vast difference between what these three keys can do and what you can and can't do to protect your car.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:44 PM   #9
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I would call your insurance company if you have full coverage, explain it was stolen since im sure you had a police report.

You may pay your deductible but they will most likely pay to have the dealer re key the entire car. Ive read of it being done before. They will do this because other wise its allowing damage/ theft of the car.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:45 PM   #10
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I would disconnect the battery in the trunk. no thief will figure it out. Hell it took me a week to find the battery and I own the car.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:04 PM   #11
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pull the starter fuse and the diagram. unplug battery, post a spotlight next to the car
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:08 PM   #12
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thanks to all, i will disable car, lock garage, chain the doors shut ,leave the light on and load up
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:09 PM   #13
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Def let the cops know, they can keep on patrol near your place. Keep nothing valuable in your car when you park it at home. Like literally, even take out the manual. Leave nothing but the spare tire and jack in there.


Or....pull the aux fan cable, let the car overheat while the guy drives it since it'll be gradual and not damage anything and he will have to stop, free coolant overhaul Say that he drove it like an ******* since he stole it.

But that's easily the shittiest idea I've ever come up with.

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Old 07-18-2011, 11:16 PM   #15
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wire a car bomb to your ignition, when he goes to steal it you'll know
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:26 PM   #16
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Def let the cops know, they can keep on patrol near your place. Keep nothing valuable in your car when you park it at home. Like literally, even take out the manual. Leave nothing but the spare tire and jack in there.


Or....pull the aux fan cable, let the car overheat while the guy drives it since it'll be gradual and not damage anything and he will have to stop, free coolant overhaul Say that he drove it like an ******* since he stole it.

But that's easily the shittiest idea I've ever come up with.
I'm not exactly sure what that means or if it was a joke, but don't let your car overheat, even if you wanted to strand a thief. You wouldn't want to risk getting it back with engine damage.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:34 PM   #17
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:37 PM   #18
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That sucks man...strap up (like others have said) and remove something that will keep the car from starting.

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dont be a pvssy. camp in your car and surprise the would be robber with an axe
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