Sounds very much like the hoops you would jump through to get the radio
code. It also appears the same applies to pretty much every make of car and
within Honda it isn't specific to the Civic, only the "chicken dance" is
different. At any rate, there are much easier ways of stealing a car.
manufacturer's support system, as described in Bucky's excellent link. The
very same process would be used to get an actual working copy of a key for
the vehicle; see http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/vin.asp for the skinny
on that route. Even with the code, a correct "dumb" key is required, so a
thief would find this a very cumbersome and high exposure route to stealing
a car. If you can get a working key the same way, why would anybody bother
with the less effective approach?
Don't lose sleep over this one. 'Wired' has always favored sensation over
enlightenment, and they continue the practice here.
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