No chance of accidental theft with newer cars, expert says

Subaru service manager talks common car keys.

Imagine you're about to head out for the day and when you get to your driveway you realize you're car is missing.

On the other hand, imagine walking up to what looks like your car so you think it's yours. You're even able to unlock it, sit in the driver's seat, actually start the car and drive off. 

That's what happened to Portland resident Erin Hatzi and her Subaru.

"It's insane, it's like a bad sitcom that nobody would ever buy the story to because it's stupid and it makes no sense and that would never happen," said Hatzi. "But it happened."

The person seen on surveillance video outside the Hatzi residence was supposed to pick up a car for a friend, but got into the wrong one and drove away. The other car's owner realized it was a mistake and returned it with gas money and an apology.

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But just how common is this with newer model cars?

"The ability to actually start and drive the car and get away with it, you cant," said Don Coatsworth, a service manager for Subaru. "Key design has completely changed, it's basically now a laser cut key which doesn't look like a common key used to anymore. Technology has changed to the point now where theres a chip."

Without that chip, you won't be going anywhere fast.

"If you didn't have this transponder mechanism or this mechanism went bad on your vehicle and you went to stick your key in the ignition, of course you could actually take and turn it but the car wont start," said Coatsworth.

Meaning by the off chance your key unlocks someone else's car, you won't be able to start it. Coatsworth said car owners shouldn't be worried. 

"I don't think it's that common, no," said Coatsworth.

Most keys that were made since the early 2000's have this technology, which Coatsworth say was created to prevent cars from being stolen. He also says in his 38 years working with cars, he's never heard of something like this happening.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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