.......can anyone expand on this? My understanding is that there are TONS of ways to get a VIN number off of a vehicle, such as a license plate lookup. Are you saying a thief could obtain my fob codes with my VIN#? Thats crazy.
thanks again everyone.
You read that backwards......
If you take the keys to a service provider who is NOT affiliated with FCA, or buy your own tooling to program your own keys, OR find a dealer who is willing to do this (They are capable, but "custom" is not what they're about....), you can literally just program your existing keys to the vehicle again. May have to clear them out separately? Not sure on these. But when you "relearn" those same keys, nothing that's recorded by the VIN at FCA will reveal information as to how to make up a new key. A lot of (not all) vehicles are past that point anyhow... (Gotta have the car and the key both present, as the car must "learn" the key, and the key must "learn" the car). Kinda like a mechanical lock. You could change the ignition cylinder to one with a different key (Or have a locksmith rekey yours, or rekey your own if you're into such projects). At that point, you could no longer take the VIN to the dealer to have a new key cut. Nor could anyone else. Same idea, just electronic.