Local Idiot Locks Key Inside - 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Long-Term Road Test

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edited July 2015 in General

imageLocal Idiot Locks Key Inside - 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Long-Term Road Test

During our Edmunds.com long-term test of a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, one of our editors locks the keys in the old classic.

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  • prndlolprndlol Member Posts: 140
    Make a copy of the key and attach it to the underbody with a magnet tout suite.
  • kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Member Posts: 863
    I'll always be amazed at how quickly they can break into your car and do it while not damaging it. Imagine how much time it would take a thief who didn't care about damaging your vehicle to do. 2 minutes? Why even bother locking it?
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    edited July 2015
    Just did that last month on a beach down near Galveston. Guy did the inflatable gizmo routine to pry the top of the door open enough to get the "stick" in and hook the handle and pull it open. $65 later we were ready to roll. Took him about 10 minutes after he arrived. Now I have the spare key tied off underneath.
  • ebeaudoinebeaudoin Member Posts: 509
    prndlol said:

    Make a copy of the key and attach it to the underbody with a magnet outside.

    And where do you think a dedicated car thief is going to look if he wants a key? People have been using magnet boxes on cars for years. That would be the first place I would look if I knew I was looking at stealing a car with a physical ignition key.
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    edited July 2015
    I'm not trying to stop a "dedicated" thief anyway, especially since I drive a minivan. ;) The idea is to have a key handy that's not going to be visible to a casual joyrider. A pro after the '66 Vette is more likely to show up with a tow truck and a tarp.

    I try to make a point of finding my hidden key under my cars every year or so. Otherwise I forget exactly where I wired them and they blend in with the road dirt so well, they can be hard to find. It'd be fun to ask a border partroler if they usually spot the hide-a-keys when they use their mirrors underneath your car.
  • reminderreminder Member Posts: 383
    The truly dedicated thief brings their own tow truck.
    Gone in about 30 seconds.
    No paint scratches to worry about, just an empty space.
  • mecksermeckser Member Posts: 18
    I'll never understand the point of car locks. Lock the car, thief smashes window with rock. 10 seconds and you're out whatever they steal plus the cost of a new window.
  • henry4hirehenry4hire Member Posts: 106
    Getting a thief to not steal your car is about redundant anti-theft systems. If you do leave your window open, that is just stupid. If a thief sees two cars, one with the windows open and the other closed, he will go for the open window one. If a thief sees two cars, both with alarms, but one with a "club", he will go for the club-less one. So in my muscle car, I had a kill switch, club, and alarm. Of course someone can still steal it, but it would be pretty time consuming and a bother. So...it is not so black and white. With my current car, it is a stick...odds are a thief can't even drive it!
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