<VV> Thieves (no Corvair)

henry kaczmarek kaczmarek at charter.net
Sat Mar 5 08:58:48 EST 2005


I don't know about all dealers, but GM has a very set policy about cutting 
keys. And if an employee violates this policy, they usually get fired.  And 
it pisses off customers BAD sometimes, but here it is.

IF you want the dealer to cut  you keys for a car, ONLY the registered 
owner, WITH proper Picture ID, and the Title or Registration in hand, can 
get them.

That means, if your 90 year old mother in law locks her keys in her car, 
then said 90 year old woman must come to the dealer, with her photo ID, and 
registration to request the keys.  You can't take her license and 
registration in there and get it done for her.

Exceptions, A Bonded and Licensed Locksmith, who can't get it right with his 
equipment, or a repo man---also bonded and licensed.   These are the only 
two exceptions I have ever seen to this policy.

The rules for this are posted in every GM dealership , usually near the 
Parts Dept where the key  machine usually is.

The reason for this normally is not outright auto theft, but 
seperation/divorce--where one party comes to get keys to get the car away 
from the other----no go--they get real hot, but the policy is what it is for 
that reason.  The stories you get can be unreal, but the dealer can't bend. 
If the title/or registration card is in the glove box, and the car is 
locked, the customer has 2 options---have a locksmith open it, slim jim it 
if possible, or break a window.  Maybe an expensive lesson, but GM dealers 
won't be party to auto theft.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Clark Hartzel" <chartzel at comcast.net>
To: "Virtual Vairs" <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 05, 2005 7:25 AM
Subject: <VV> Thieves (no Corvair)

> Pete Cimbala of the Detroit Area Corvair Club just sent me a "heads up" on
> the latest scam by car thieves.  It seems most car dealers have 
> computerized
> key cutting machines these days and thieves just read your VIN on the dash
> and go to a dealer and get duplicate keys made.  They won't have to break 
> in
> to steal your car.  Solution, place some tape or a card over your VIN.  If
> you park your family car in places where thieves could be lurking, they'll
> move on to the next one if yours is covered.
> Clark Hartzel


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