My house was burgled and unfortunately one of the things the thieves took
was the spare remote for my 2001 Audi A3 tdi sports. I was away with the car
at the time so luckily they didn't get to steal that as well. But the
problem is that my car is now a sitting duck as someone, somewhere has the
only other remaining key.
Does anyone have any advice as to what I can do? e.g. change the locks???
Yep, change the locks. I've thought about advising to change the
programming only but then they could still get into your car.
If your house was insured, maybe you can get them to pay for the locks
change of the car as well, because it was a consequential damage?
Maybe just worth a try.
As a first step, it should be possible to reprogram the remote so that
the stolen one is no longer valid. I know that my car needs both a key
and a valid remote to start the engine. I don't know about the A3, and
as you say they would still be able to enter the car. I'd go and ask an
If you can get access to AUTODATA 2004 it will tell you how to reprogram
your remaining key.
Alternatively go to your local Audi dealer and explain the situation and
I am sure they will reprogram the key for you. It only takes a couple of
If somebody wants to take a car and the only thing in the way is a
steering wheel lock, it *will* get stolen. It takes about 30 seconds
to saw through the steering wheel to get the (unbreakable) lock off.
Check ebay for current prices of replacement steering wheels and decide
for yourself whether it's economically viable.
(Been there; seen that)
Don't forget the immobiliser (compulsory over here for a fair number of
It's fairly common now for thieves to break-in to a house specifically to
get car keys. Common enough that many car insurance policies explicitly
exclude payment if your car it stolen using its own key.
Came face to face with two kids trying to do that to me, a week and a half
ago - blind luck that I was at home at the time. Still sorting out the
details for the identity parade.
Hairy One Kenobi
Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this opinion do not necessarily
just claim on your house insurance !!
they will cover new locks and de-programmeing any old keys and will probably
supply a replacement car whilst the work is done. we have dealt with two
similar cases recently at work with no problems.
Hope this helps
That's the theory but I remember a long battle a couple of years back at a
brokers where I do some tech support where the insurance company said they
wouldn't pay for new locks to be fitted but if the thieves came back and took
his new AMG they would pay to replace that, there must be logic in there but I
still fail to see it.
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