According to an Audi RS4 owner in Sydney, Australia, who talked to EFTM about it, his car was stolen as part of a wider epidemic of Audis being broken into and stolen in Sydney. Apparently, out of all premium automaker’s cars, Audis are the easiest to steal and it has to do with their keys.
In today’s world of keyless ignition being standard, keyfobs have become increasingly fancy. BMW even has one with a screen on it. And when you buy a new Audi, you get three keys with it. Two of which are identical remote keyfobs that allow the car to be started, with the key in the owner’s pocket, by the press of a button. This makes life much easier for the owner. However, it’s the third key that makes the cars easier to steal.
That third key is what you might call a valet key and is a plastic key, similar to older Audi keys, that is used for valets, emergencies or when you want to keep your key on you buy doing something that might get your expensive keyfob lost, like going to the beach. However, the problem isn’t with the actual key, it’s with the placement of the key. Audi puts the valet key in the glovebox, which makes sense for valeting the car. However, many thieves know this and will smash in the car window, raid the glovebox in hopes of finding that key. If they do find it, it will allow them to open unlock the doors, start the car and eliminate the alarm, allowing them to drive away with the car.
Audi is already aware of this issue and is instructing owners to remove the key from the glovebox and put it somewhere in their homes, so as to not keep it in the car. But thieves are still willing to play the odds in hopes that the key is in there. Audi is aware of the issue and is trying to find a remedy for it but it’t not likely to happen. The only way something like this stops is when word gets out about it enough and thieves realize that people aren’t keeping the keys in their gloveboxes anymore.