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    Default Anyone added a locking fuel filler cap?

    Thought about this when the news started on about high prices and fuel thefts. Advice was to use a locking cap, even if you have a 'lockable' flap as they are usually only secured by plastic.

    Anyone tried one/got one etc?

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    when you lock the car your flap does lock, I know it can be ripped off, but.....

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    Yes, I have. The locking flap is next to useless to anyone willing to cause some damage, and the locking cap has the advantage that if the car is stolen, it's that much more difficult to refuel it hence more likely to get abandoned when the fuel runs out.

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    never really thought of that, lol

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    if someone wants your fuel they dont go via the fuel cap,they cut one of the pipes under the car,vauxhalls have an anti syphoning fuel neck so thats why going through the fuel filler is a waste of time

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    Jolly good - the other question I forgot to add is what make, from where etc - and are they a standard size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by solorider View Post
    if someone wants your fuel they dont go via the fuel cap,they cut one of the pipes under the car,vauxhalls have an anti syphoning fuel neck so thats why going through the fuel filler is a waste of time
    I'm sure i saw something similar the other day, where they just put a screw driver through the fuel tank and drain it all into a pan.

    I think u can get locking caps from ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas1 View Post
    Yes, I have. The locking flap is next to useless to anyone willing to cause some damage, and the locking cap has the advantage that if the car is stolen, it's that much more difficult to refuel it hence more likely to get abandoned when the fuel runs out.
    Good proportion of thefts now are using the keys - they break in, nick your keys and away they go. So unless you keep the fuel cap key seperate to the car keys, you're sort of stuffed. Equally if you do keep them apart and forget the fuel cap key...

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    Quote Originally Posted by _ZS_ View Post
    Good proportion of thefts now are using the keys - they break in, nick your keys and away they go. So unless you keep the fuel cap key seperate to the car keys, you're sort of stuffed. Equally if you do keep them apart and forget the fuel cap key...
    You can search my house all night while I'm tucked up in bed, there will be no car keys to be found...they're in a hidden key safe. Anyone who leaves their car keys on a table in the hallway is a bit naive.

    As for the locking fuel cap, they're not one-size-fits-all...there are a few different sizes that between them cover the maority of cars available - Halfords sell them and will be able to advise which one fits the Vec-C.

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    Round here, if your car is worth taking, they come in, beat your s**t out until you give them the keys. Key safe or not, your car goes, and you end up in hospital or worse.

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