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So as some know, I work as a tech at a Ford dealer. We recently had this very clean red 1999 F-150 Lightning come through as a trade in. A lot of us in the shop were eyeballing it, and drove it a few times (it ran VERY good, lol.... had a number of aftermarket goodies)

Anyways, the truck sold yesterday, and the guy that bought it (one of the sales guys brothers) wanted another key cut. So they gave it to me, I cut and programmed a new key, and parked it back out on the lot. Salesman took it around front shortly after and got it ready for the guy to pick up. He left our dealer and made it literally 1 mile down the road on the interstate (our dealer is right next to the highway), he heard a pop noise, fluid sprayed all over the windshield, aaannnddd....

(got this pic from my general manager this morning, I wasn't there)


So I get to work this morning, everybody says "Hey Jonathon (my service manager) was just looking for you... he looked PISSED!" (mind you he's never serious about much of anything). So a couple minutes later he comes up to me looking all serious, says "come here for a minute we gotta talk", and walks outside behind the shop saying "you remember that red F-150 you worked on yesterday?". I'm like yea I cut a key for it. He says... "you sure that's all you did??", and pointed down over the hill at the truck sitting there. I was like HOLY S**T!! Then he couldn't keep a straight face any longer and busted up laughing cuz he had me going for awhile there, lol

But yea... there she sits in her crusty glory. Absolutely trashed.... everything except the rear











Dudes cell phone is still sitting in the center console



Master cylinder was completely melted off



 

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The interior was absolutely MINTY in this thing :(







Luckily and most importantly, nobody was injured in this whole ordeal. The driver was by himself and was able to get out and away from it without harm, though he was pretty shaken up from what I hear. We really don't know what happened, though we think maybe a fuel line ruptured or popped off (somebody may have had it off and didn't snap it back in all the way). Who knows...it could have been something in the heap of aftermarket stuff that was on it too, or somebody that had worked on it prior (not me!!). I'm sure the insurance company will be out before too long to analyze the situation

Oddly enough... I was actually pondering trying to buy this truck myself but decided against it cuz I need something a little more practical. Kinda glad I did, hahaha. I wish I had some before pictures, it was a very very clean Lightning
 

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You give new meaning to a vehicle getting keyed.

I'm glad you didn't buy the truck, and I am very interested to hear the cause of the devastation.
 

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so, hypothetically speaking, if a person's ford explorer were ransacked one night because he forgot to lock it, and the keys to his wife's car were taken (although they left the boat keys -- they must have seen the boat), let's say it's a 2004 Toyota Sienna, and coincidently she lost her keys the same week, so you have no remotes or master keys, leaving only the valet key, is there an economical way get replacement keys programmed? Theoretically, of course..............
 

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If you give the dealer the vin # they can make you a set of keys. Just need proof of ownership. But with the programable keys, they are expensive no matter how you look at it.
 

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Ew, good thing no one was hurt. I'm just curious, but since the company you worked for did sell this guy this car, does that mean you all have to pay for damages? I get the insurance company will handle some, but this guy gets some of his money back right? Sorry for the questions, I know nothing on this subject.
 
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