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BMWs made before September 2011 at risk of theft from £18 cloned key-fobs (but company says it is 'not legally obliged to help out')


Criminals are able to purchase a $30 (£18) tool which will allow them to program a blank car key-fob - and then steal high-end cars including BMW with the click of a button.

The thieves are able to purchase what are known as 'on-board diagnostics bypass tools' from China and Eastern Europe, which come in a kit form with instructions and blank keys, according to a new report.

Thieves can then capture the remote-controlled code sent by an owner to his car, and then re-program a blank key and steal the car at their own convenience.

The issue was highlighted when thieves managed to steal a £43,000 BMW in June from a house in Sutton Coldfield, using a fob to gain easy access.

Thieves: The criminals were able to steal the £43,000 BMW with a fake key that costs just £70 to make

Thieves: The criminals were able to steal the £43,000 BMW with a fake key that costs just £70 to make

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Pinnacle Auto Appraisers often has to step in when industry automakers fail to recall vehicles, cars are stolen, and our clients are being twisted around by insurance companies, and on occassion other entities. Pinnacle Auto Appraisers takes the time to fully evaluate your vehicle so you have a certified copy of the worth of your property. So in this instance, someone steals your BMW, and then it's recovered. Then the insurance company tries to tell you your car was only worth one amount: have peace of mind when you pull out your appraisal from us - we can help:


Heard the one about the 15-year-old girl who drove a $305,000 Lamborghini to her Texas high school?

There are only 150 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradales in the world, making it one of the rarest cars on the road.

And with a price tag of more than $300,000, it hardly seems surprising why.

But for one 15-year-old girl in Dallas, it is just her transportation of choice on the daily commute to and from school.


Hot wheels: A 15-year-old girl near Dallas showed up to school with a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradales

Hot wheels: A 15-year-old girl near Dallas showed up to school with a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradales

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Pinnacle Auto Appraisers really understands the necessity to know how much your vehicles are worth. Take for instance this situation with a young 15 year old girl driving your exotic vehicle...she wrecks it, and the insurance company tells you it's worth one amount, when yo know it's worth more: That's where Pinnacle Auto Appraisers comes in. We have helped fleet managers and individuals from: Houston, Texas, Austin, Texas, Dallas, Texas, Miami, Florida, Denver, Colorado, Seattle, Washington, Anchorage, Alaska and thousands of other cities across the USA - Call Us:



Close to 1,000 Ferraris smash world record at Silverstone

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A gathering of 964 Ferraris at the Silverstone race track in the UK have set a new world record for the largest single gathering of Prancing Horses, smashing the previous record of 490 cars set in 2008 at Japan’s Fuji Speedway Circuit. Though not quite the 1,000 cars organizers were hoping for, the record is still very impressive and could end up lasting years before it is broken."

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Pinnacle has had a great relationship with Ferrari owners and car clubs. We offer club rates and can come out with our team and perform appraisals for an entire club at once. We relish the opportunity to work with the car club community: Pinnacle Auto Appraisers has helped car clubs in: Houston, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Miami, Florida, Seattle, Washington, Anchorage, Alaska, and many more! Call us:



Privacy concerns raised over California "robot car" legislation

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    "Google's driverless Toyota Prius

The dream of having your car drive you home is on the verge of getting a major boost. As early as January of next year, California may join Nevada in legalizing the use of autonomous cars, potentially allowing “drivers” to read the paper or catch up on e-mails on the way to the office.

But a consumer advocacy organization warns that the cars could do more than that, collecting personal information that could be shared with others, and is asking for a gubernatorial veto of the bill approving them, which was passed by the state legislature in August."

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Whether you like it or not...innovation is here and taking its stand. We know there is a future of autonomous trucks and fleet vehicles; computer controlled, and remotely driven. People will get in their trucks, suburbans, and sport utility vehicles...turn on a movie and sit back as the computer plots and drives the best course. Pinnacle is poised and ready to appraise these autos, trucks, and fleets as they hit the mainstream. We realize the future is now! Whether you're in a big city or small Houston, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Miami, Florida, Seattle, Washington, Anchorage, Alaska or any surrounding areas...we can serve you!

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Muscle Car Flops: The 5 least muscular muscle cars

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    "1974 Pontiac GTO

When the golden age of muscle cars ended in 1973, fuel shortages, insurance rate increases and emissions laws ushered in what has been popularly dubbed “The Malaise Era,” which saw low-compression, low-horsepower engines and cars that may have looked like muscle cars but sure didn’t perform like them. Here are some of the 98-pound weaklings of the immediate post-muscle era:

1. 1976 Ford Mustang II Cobra: The Mustang II Cobra was famous as the ride of Farrah Fawcett in the first season of “Charlie’s Angels.” While it reprised the name of the famous Carroll Shelby sports car, there was little that was sporty about the car other than its faux racing stripes. With just 140 hp from a 302 V-8, 0-60 took more than 10 seconds.

2. 1980 “California” Corvette: Anyone who remembers “California emissions” as one of the litany of recited options on game show giveaway cars of the ’70s knows that the Golden State has always had tougher smog laws than anyone else. Already down about 600 percent in power from the mid-’60s, in 1980 GM couldn’t provide the Corvette with a 350 V-8 that was clean enough for Cali, so an anemic 305 was substituted. It was a new post-1954 low for the ’Vette.

3. 1974 Pontiac GTO: The last of the “real” GTOs were sold in the 1972 model year. For 1974, the GTO was based on the Ventura, Pontiac’s version of the Chevy Nova. A 200 hp 350 ci V-8 was the only engine available. Still, given the car’s relatively light weight, its sub-8-second 0-60 run makes it the speedster on this list.

4. 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: Perhaps the nadir of the stone knife and bearskin approach to emission controls, the ’81 Camaro Z/28 with a 5.7-liter V-8 came with a whopping 165 hp if you ordered the manual transmission. To put that into perspective, the 1.6-liter turbo four in a new Chevy Cruze is rated at 181 hp.

5. 1980-81 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am: Along with the Mustang II Cobra, the Turbo T/A may be the champ on this list when it comes to the graphics package writing a check that the engine couldn’t cash. A weight problem and the disappointing output of the turbocharged 301 ci V-8 combined for a car that was to the Trans Am what “Smokey and the Bandit Part 3” was to sequels. "

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Pinnacle Auto Appraisers recognizes the need for muscle in your vehicle, and the need to know the true value. Appraisals on custom cars are our specialty...we even enjoy driving them ourselves from time to time! Whether you're in Houston, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Miami, Florida, Seattle, Washington, or Anchorage, Alaska. Let us help:



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If you are looking to increase your insurance coverage on your vehicle, the insurance company may require you to obtain a certified auto appraisal.   If you have a custom car, truck or motorcycle, the insurance company won't pay you more than book value. Get a stated value appraisal to cover money spent customizing your vehicle.  Have a collector or exotic vehicle?  Book value does not justify the vehicle value  In case you are in an accident, have a certified auto appraisal done.  Contact us today for a Free Evaluation!

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