Is The C8 Easy to Steal?

Is The C8 Easy to Steal?

February 11, 2022 Off By Mike Vietro

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Does a C8 Convenience Feature Help Thieves?

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The C8 Corvette is one of the hottest selling cars with the wait still being over a year for certain models. Even with the high demand for the Corvette, thefts are very rare; we are talking less than .1%. One of these reasons is the demand for used parts is low, but the other is the built-in security features.

Rick Conti just posted a video about how this Corvette Convenience Feature makes the new C8 easy to steal. The problem is that the first example involves leaving the car running while you leave it somewhere unattended. I am sure there are places in the USA where you can do this safely and have the car still there when you return, but sadly I am not sure where that is nowadays.

The above method is true of every car, but this is where Chevrolets’ added feature comes into play. If you turn off your Corvette without the fob being present, the C8 will allow you to restart it one time with the fob still not being present. I see this as a safety feature in case your fob loses connectivity at a very inopportune time. Let’s say your fob has a low battery and you stall on railroad tracks. This feature would allow you to start the car once to get off the tracks. Or the passenger has the fob and goes into a store. You turn off the car waiting for them and are now stuck wherever you turned off the car until they return.

The simple solution to prevent your car from being stolen, lock it when you leave it. This not only turns off this feature, but it also sets the alarm.

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