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Old 07-28-2018, 05:42 PM   #1
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Needing Car And Or Computer Help

OK, here's the deal. Myself, my wife and her brother feel it would be in the best interest of everyone if neither of her parents drive a motor vehicle. We have had the car at our house for about 3 weeks, I had it serviced and some repair work done on it. Now that is complete Vickie's Mom wants the car back. We have all told her they should not be driving. They resisted giving up there car keys. We can't trust they won't forget and drive to the store or something on a whim. We can't just remove the battery cable, we think Pop would be able to see and put it back on.

Here is the question: Is there a device that can be installed on the car that when we enter a "number code" the car would start? If code is not entered car won't start.

I have heard of "starter interrupt" being installed by used car dealers but don't know if that would work or where to by one.

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Old 07-28-2018, 05:59 PM   #2
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Just a thought, if there are medical reasons they shouldn't be driving can't you ask their doctor to contact the DMV and have their drivers license pulled?
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Old 07-28-2018, 06:00 PM   #3
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It would be less expensive to install a kill switch or just remove the fuse to the starter relay.

Back in the day when I lived in the city I mounted a kill switch under the dash and simply flipped the toggle switch when I needed to start it.

There's also the steering wheel lock that can be purchased for $50...
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Old 07-28-2018, 06:57 PM   #4
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Depending on the year and model look up fuel pump relay on the old Internet. Pull it out and the car wont start. Or bring it to a service station and explain the situation, and ask them to put a hidden toggle switch in the fuel pump relay. If you were by me I would be happy to do it for you. About a half hour job. Me being disabled probably a couple hours . Good luck it shouldn't be hard.
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Another option would be to sell the car and put the money in an account for them to pay for a service like Uber. The money they saved on gas, license and car insurance would probably more then cover any rides they took during the year.
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You are going through something that many with elderly loved ones will eventually have to face. I hope you find a solution that will be agreeable to all.
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Sorry to hear you are going through this Arland. I just had essentially the same thing happen with my Mom. Someone videoed her driving down the road and posted on FB that it was a drunk driver. I had to go and take the keys, which made me the mean son. She absolutely has no reason to be driving. I hired a caretaker to take her to town when needed, but Mom is being insistent on getting the keys back.

Iíll be following this thread in case there is a solution such as that.
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Just a thought, if there are medical reasons they shouldn't be driving can't you ask their doctor to contact the DMV and have their drivers license pulled?
That won't stop them.
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Another option would be to sell the car and put the money in an account for them to pay for a service like Uber. The money they saved on gas, license and car insurance would probably more then cover any rides they took during the year.
No way Chuck they could never get an Uber. When our land line was messed up Vickie's Mom could not remember to call either of our cell phones. We could see on Voicemail and caller ID where she would call the house 4 or 5 times in a day.

Vickie and I or Vickie's brother will take them anyplace they have to go. I'm going to get her groceries. They have some other close church friends that do a lot of things for them and take them a lot of places. Now that Vickie is walking and getting better we are going to help them as much as possible.

Just revoking there drivers license, telling them not to drive will be like talking to a ROCK, a very hard headed ROCK.
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Just a thought, if there are medical reasons they shouldn't be driving can't you ask their doctor to contact the DMV and have their drivers license pulled?
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That won't stop them.
10 years ago I went through this with my mother who will be 100 this coming January. You have two choices, you can be a nice guy and find workarounds where you won't upset anybody or come out looking like a bad guy and hope for the best. Or you can face the fact that these people are a danger to everyone on the road and if, god forbid they killed someone hope you can live with it knowing you could have prevented it. Don't return the car, let your wife and brother in law deal with getting the title and sell it.
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