Hardcore MB Enthusiast
- Jan 21, 2003
- GL63 AMG / 190E 2.5-16 / Porsche 911
I guess there’s plenty of cars out there that have been sold with only one key, typically if you order a replacement for a Mercedes you can block the missing keys at a dealer - but if you’ve got two keys already, how many people would ever check?Good to be aware and take precautions, but if you’re driving a second hand car with two keys how do you know the previous owner didn’t get a spare key made before they sold it on? You would have absolutely no idea and they would most likely have your address if you have transferred the V5 into where the car is being kept...
Happened to an acquaintance of mine some years ago . Bought a BMW M5 cabriolet from someone in Birmingham, it was not a cheap car . I think about a week later it disappeared in broad daylight from the pub driveway a 100 miles away (where he was landlord), turns out he only been given one key upon purchase . The response from the police was one of 'heard this one before' . He was given a crime number and heard nothing more.
And in the day/age where cars are stolen every day via keyless relay theft I doubt the police take any particular interest in a car stolen ‘without keys’ - just a few quick notes and possibly a crime reference number for the insurance...
The point I was making, is that a replacement key company wouldn’t be around for very long if they were stealing cars without the keys after making spare keys for them, would they?