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Locking Lug Nuts - are they worth the money?

I've declined on getting the Locking Lug Nuts for my new 2016 smart fortwo.
Dealer wanted $195.00 Canadian. Didn't think it was worth the money.
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New wheels cost how much????
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Well, it depends on what you're looking for.

Someone who is determined to get your wheels will get them regardless if they're locked or not. The tools to get locks off are hilariously cheap and the locks can be defeated with some cheap household tools.

But some inexperienced thief would likely skip the wheels and just vandalize your car.

In the case for smarts, I think wheel locks are more of a placebo effect.
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Well, it depends on what you're looking for.

Someone who is determined to get your wheels will get them regardless if they're locked or not. The tools to get locks off are hilariously cheap and the locks can be defeated with some cheap household tools.

But some inexperienced thief would likely skip the wheels and just vandalize your car.

In the case for smarts, I think wheel locks are more of a placebo effect.
Eh, I don't trust my smart BRABUS rims in any sketchy neighborhood. The locking lugs are just as effective for a smart as they are for any other car.
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Not a big demand for smart alloy wheels. My daughter lived in a large college town. No one bothers with the car. It now sits outside at a apartment complex. No one touched it. Not too many cars out, used three lug wheels. Kind of a waste buying locking lug bolts.

I surprise too, it hasn't been tipped.
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We had such on our Kia Soul, but at some point one of the guys changing tires at the dealership actually lost the key or didn't put it back into the trunk where it was supposed to be stored away. The next time we had a problem with a tire, we went to Discount Tire and they ended up having to break them with an impact wrench to remove the things. We searched the car high and low for that special key, but never found the thing. It is not like you can replace the key, as the blanks are all done/cut at random the dealership said. We had the whole set of lug nut locks then removed, as being on a back road with a flat and finding out you don't have a special key to remove the lug nuts when you have a flat is not going to be a fun experience at all. Me, I would not be all that worried over tires and wheels being removed by a thief, myself. No way do I ever want to have the things put on in the future on any vehicle I own, but that is just me after my own experience with the things.
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Locking Lug Nuts - are they worth the money?

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Not too many cars out, used three lug wheels. Kind of a waste buying locking lug bolts.

The OP has a 2016. Four lug nuts.
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Not a big demand for smart alloy wheels.
Just so ya know, they're not stealing them to resell them. They're stealing them to sell them as scrap to fund their drug habit.

FWIW, we have a problem with smart car wheels being stolen here in Portland. They're easy to steal. Just pick up the front or back, throw a rock under it, spin off 3 lug bolts and you're on the way to your next meth hit.

For that reason, I have locking lug bolts, but I paid something like $35(USD) for them not $195.
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It is not like you can replace the key, as the blanks are all done/cut at random the dealership said.
The McGard locking wheel bolts for my smart came with a card imprinted with identifying information one could use to order another key. I ordered a spare. I keep them in separate places. I think your dealer needs a reality check...nothing is done at random in the manufacturing world.
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This info regarding the key was not from the dealership guys, but was what they were told when they contacted Kia that day to see about another key being cut or a special number for such. Oddly, the same thing was said at Discount Tires, too. Me, I have no idea as to them being right or wrong, but it has not changed my opinion of ever wanting them again. I simply do not for myself. After watching the guy break them off in the manner he did, I believe it is sort of a "feel good" approach to believe that they keep a determined thief from stealing a tire and wheel if they want it bad enough. They sure didn't keep him from removing them quickly, as he had them off in a pretty quick timeframe that day. If they make you feel secure, then fine, but for me they simply were more of a pain than anything good at the time.
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