Can a push start car be stolen?

I drive a vehicle with push start and keyless entry, and I live in an area where car theft is a real possibility. Can a car with a push-start be stolen?

Melanie Mergen · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Yes: Unfortunately, thieves have growing means to steal push-start cars.
Many car thieves are using something called a relay attack device to intercept key fob signals and trick keyless-entry cars into thinking their device is the proper key fob. These devices can pick up a key fob’s signal from just several yards away in some cases.
Any car with keyless entry and keyless start is at risk for this type of
car theft
. Manufacturers are trying to make it more difficult to bypass a car’s computer system, but nothing is a guarantee.
Here are a few ways to protect your push-start car from theft:
  • You may be able to turn off your key fob’s wireless signal. Look in your car’s manual or check with your car’s manufacturer to see if this is a possibility.
  • Keep your key fob away from doors and windows so the signal can’t be picked up from outside.
  • Use a signal-blocking pouch with a metallic liner to stop the signal from being picked up.
  • Use mechanical devices like steering wheel locks to deter thieves from driving away.
If you’re particularly worried about the risk of car theft where you live, be sure to add
comprehensive coverage
to your
car insurance
policy to provide added protection against theft, vandalism, severe weather, and more.
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