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post #12 of (permalink) Old 8th January 2009
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Whilst the stealers make make money it's not as if they don't give you the code when the car is new. If people only took as much care of their vehicle documentation as they did their car keys the problem would probably never arise.
Whenever I sell a car on I write the radio code on the V5 documentation in pencil - that way the next buyer can't argue they didn't receive it. If they then fail to take care of the information - then tough.
I don't see householders standing in a locksmiths blaming him they lost the keys to their front door.
I think police forces and insurers pushed the radio manufacturers into coding purely on the grounds that it wasn't the price of the radio that mattered but the cost of damage caused breaking into the car to get the radio.
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