I have been recently told that thieves these days are using your car VIN to steal cars by ordering your car key replica.

Is that correct, because my VIN and most of the new cars is visible on the windshield.

Any guide or guidance is greatly appreciated.

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Basically, people with access to the dealer computer network can do it, but they'll normally be tracked by login (in case they become a suspect). They're supposed to verify ownership before supplying keys to others.


Sure, but this need access to the constructor network and to his special hardware key encoder(..)

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    Care to elaborate?
    – theUg
    Jun 19, 2013 at 15:42

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