Just another example of theives making life harder for the rest of us.
Keys cost a small fortune because of all the anti-theft nonsense involved in them nowadays. (yet my insurance rates don't get any better as my cars get less stealable and my keys get more expensive to replace, what's up with that?). I am getting ready to pay $300 to replace Iggy's flip key because my purse dissappeared 2 days before Christmas with my keys in it. Most of that is the price of the special security cut and the chip programing. The actual hardware only amounts to not quite a third of the total price
Radios become useless bricks for their actual owners if they can't locate the code, unless you can talk a dealer into giving you the code for free like the manual says they will or pay a third party for a code. (My used new beetle came with the manual, all it's paperwork, and all the radio information, but the decal with the radio code was never placed on the radio card so even the original owner would not have had it. When I called the dealership they told me that a lot of times that decal gets left on the back of the radio by accident when it's placed in the car; but if you want the code it will cost you money. "Bring in your car and we will pull the radio to see if we find the decal on it...Why no, that is not free.") Thank goodness I was just looking to have the code in the event that I ever need to disconnect my battery. My radio is still functioning for now. I did manage to find a 4 digit code under the spare tire where I had been told to look by somebody else with a bug. Here's hoping it actually is my radio code if I ever do have to disconnect power for any reason or I too will be stuck with an original, fully functional, OEM, brick...er...ummmm...I mean radio.
The harder we work to keep what we have from being taken by criminals, the harder it makes it on us. I bet the criminals probably have an easier time getting the radio code than actual owners do. They probably have their own readers that they managed to get ahold of unscrupulously just like they got the radios so they don't have the monumental problems that we do trying to make our own radios work.
Sorry to rant, but this is just starting to take over everything we own and make honest people's lives a lot harder than criminals. Off rant now. Hope you guys find dealerships that will give out the code without charge like they are supposed to.
I will attach the picture of the radio card that says the code will be provided free of charge by any VW dealership here again since I added it later on my other post so I think it got missed...