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Old 04-16-2006
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Protect your ranger from thiefs

You would think the Dealerships would require
proof of ownership first. (Naw ---a lot of them just want
to "serve the customer" so they can make a buck.)

Seems that car thieves have found yet another way to
steal your car or truck without any effort at all.

The car thieves peer through the windshield of your
car or truck, 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 #.

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 local Chop Shop with your
vehicle.

To avoid this from happening to you, simply put some
tape (electrical tape, duct tape or medical tape)
across the VIN Metal Label located on the
dash board. 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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but isn't the vin number supposed to be all over your truck so you can identify it....so couldn't they just get it somewhere else... the tape would just make it a little bit harder
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^^^ by your winsheild is the only visible outside one...unless you have window etching
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If someone really wants in your vehicle or the whole thing, they will get it. Just get full coverage insurance and call it good.
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If someone really wants in your vehicle or the whole thing, they will get it. Just get full coverage insurance and call it good.
thats the way i feel, an alarm and all the crap is just a deterrant...real theives know how to bypass EVERYTHING...if they want your car...they will just take it, tow it whatever they have to do...then they figure out the more tricky stuff
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the area where the vin is on my windshield is kinda blury so bad you can see through it and i have the window etching but its not the VIN number its another number that has to be recorded
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full coverage for loss of your car by insurence is a joke. if u have a loan on the said vehical for 15K. insurence will only give you like 12K. even tho when you took out insurence on said car it was worth 18K. yet you still pay the same amount of insurence, even tho your car is no longer worth as much. seriously, id be more worried about the sharks that insurence companies are than car theives.
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i have GAP insurance on my truck.. was only $250 when i bought the truck. if anything happins to it the insurance pay the diff from what the auto insurance pays.

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when my red ranger was totaled i got 8k from state farm. i owed 11.5k.. my GAP insurance payed off the truck
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My vin fell down into the dash. I guess the truck modded it self this time.
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ive had mine covered since i got it
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Yeah, sad but true. I have seen keys cut for people without having proof of ownership.
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Ive got pats... let em cut the key
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i have GAP insurance on my truck.. was only $250 when i bought the truck. if anything happins to it the insurance pay the diff from what the auto insurance pays.

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when my red ranger was totaled i got 8k from state farm. i owed 11.5k.. my GAP insurance payed off the truck
gap is very nice...i have yet to have to use it yet...thank god!!!!
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I have been at a dealership when someone has come in requesting a key to be cut and they made him bring the vehicle registration and a driver's license proving they were the owner.They said they would not cut a key without it.He complained that he couldn't get into the vehicle because he had no key so how was he supposed to get the registration?They told him to have it towed into the dealership and they would get it taken care of for him.He left pissed off saying the dealer was only trying to make money when really they were just trying to protect him,if he was the actual owner.If the dealer happens to make money on it,so be it,they aren't the ones who lost the key in the first place!
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