By on November 25, 2015


Good news! That “mysterious device” that extends the reach of keyless entry systems so meth heads — um — ICP fans — er — idiots can rummage through your car and borrow your wallet, purse or golf clubs without bringing them back is now on sale!

For 15-percent off for the holiday weekend only, you can have your own Chinese-made codes that totally won’t be used for going through your neighbor’s Prius and stealing his iPod.

The code scanner uses “brute force” or “nerd magic” to pick up key codes and open car doors. The device sells for around $100 on many easily found sites, but for savvy shoppers looking to spend their saved dough on cheap cough syrup, it’s 15-percent off for you!

I’m sure there are many legitimate uses for the code scanner — which I found on sale for the weekend on a Chinese website — none of which they’re being used for.

There are instructional videos online that show how to use the code scanner, which I absolutely don’t understand.

Thankfully, the small, handheld device is getting attention from officials and researchers as problematic for car owners who don’t appreciate their handbags getting pinched in mall parking lots.

Whether the device actually works or not is another story entirely.

So if you’re looking for something for that hard-to-shop-for tweaker in your life, at least you can save a little scrilla to use as bail money later.

(Reminder: If your car is parked on the street and you’re in a neighborhood that may have a problem, keep your keys in the freezer or in one of these.)

(H/T to David for the NYTimes story.)

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17 Comments on “Oh Good, Thieves’ Tool of Choice for Opening Your Car Is on Sale for Black Friday Too...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    If those Audi keys belong to a TDI, I might just leave them on the roof near the driver’s door.

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      Reminds me of Jerry Seinfield in that episode where his BMW has the awful b.o. smell. The last scene (while the credits are rolling IIRC) where he parks it in front of some thuggish looking guy in a sleezy part of town, tosses the keys, and kinda waves him in.

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    Is the cough syrup also made in China?

  • avatar

    ‘Tis the season to be looting at the mall parking lot. I recommend leaving a couple of rabid pit bulls in your vehicle while you shop.

  • avatar

    Does anyone make a wifi jammer so I can get a seat at my favorite café? Effing hipster freegans with an all day cup of coffee table squatting a two top with a full sized laptop are really cheesing me off.

    • 0 avatar

      20 meter range, $250. 200M, $5,000. Both (ironically), available at Jammer From China. Walmart also used to carry a cell jammer that was about the size of a cell phone. I don’t know if it worked on WiFi.

      • 0 avatar

        “I don’t know if it worked on WiFi.”

        Depends on which band you’re trying to jam. The 2.4G band can be disrupted easily by many Microwave ovens, 2.4G cordless phones, burglar alarms, etc, while the 5.0G band is rarely affected by anything other than another 5.0G transceiver (and I cannot think of any that operate on that frequency.)

  • avatar

    Interesting that you can get this for $100, but car dealers want $350+ for a new key.

  • avatar
    White Shadow

    Easy prevention — just tap the lock button on your car door as you’re exiting the vehicle. There’s no rule that requires people to use the key fob to lock the car.

    • 0 avatar

      If I ubderstand correctly, this is exploiting the auto unlock feature which is based on range. This device effectively extends the range of the fob allowing ingress into vehicle.

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    Oh boy, I want one! That way I can go to a certain southwest US city and steal a certain school principal’s classic Mustang!

    Oh, wait a minute – that car uses a physical key – phooey! Foiled again…

  • avatar

    Is there a legitimate use for these devices? Some theoretical purpose that justifies them not being illegal to make, sell or possess?

    • 0 avatar

      Orange you glad they didn’t break a window to get in your car? I wasn’t there when the ‘Slim Jim’ was invented, but I imagine the same things were said.

      Locksmiths and the towing industry. Cars are getting about impossible to break into with the standard industry tools, when say you lock your keys inside the car.

      When it’s 10pm on Christmas eve and you’re standing in snow, keys locked in the car, what’s the locksmith gonna charge you and how long the wait? Will you end up smashing your own window to get inside and get going??

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    More and more, it seems the Chinese are willing to sell us the rope that we’ll (eventually) hang ourselves with.

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    “keep your keys in the freezer”

    Yes, I’m sure the electrics in your complex key will enjoy the cold and also the moisture.

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