• Question: how long does it take to hotwire a car? georgethedunn

    Asked by georgethedunn to Carol, John, Phil, Rebecca on 4 Jul 2012.
    • Photo: John Welford

      John Welford answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      It depends how good you are at it and what car it is!

      I think older cars used to be quite easy as they were a lot simpler than modern cars. There was just two wires you had to connect to turn on the power, and another you had to connect to make the starter motor work.

      Modern cars have a lot more protection against this though. For example they have “immobiliser” transmitters in the keys that won’t allow the power to the engine unless the key is present. There are still ways around that sort of thing, but it takes a lot more effort and probably time.

      I’m not sure many people can do it as fast as they seem to in the movies!

    • Photo: Carol White

      Carol White answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      For me…. I’d take a long time! I’d have to look it up online and practice on a car without an alarm!

      John’s right, modern cars are designed to prevent you doing it but there are ways around it. You need extra gadgets to help you, not just a wire… the films lie!

    • Photo: Phil

      Phil answered on 6 Jul 2012:


      It depend how good you are at it !! 🙂