Talked to my dealer today and he said there was a silver IS300 coming in that has a wheel lock and trunk mat option. What is that? Is this something from the factory or something the dealer is adding to pad his profit?
In no way want to discredit you're reply TEG, however..Lexus automobiles come from the factory with wheel locks and trunk mats...they are NOT dealer installed items. They are called "options", but ironically will be on almost %100 of production. So really, they are not really "options". You just kind of get em. The dealers are seling them the way they are being built, so I don't think it's a situation of dealers making $$$$ on mats and locks...
To clear up the confusion TEG, there is another category of options which are port installed. The average sedan in the Lexus will have items like trunk mat and wheel locks which usually account for about $110 in the sticker price total. Dealer installed items go on a separate addendum sticker that is usually placed next to the Manufacturer's "Monroney" Label. There is some dealer profit on all options but these items discussed are not significant amounts. Toyota dealers were famous for adding fluff to their cars like protective packages, appearance packages, and aftermarket warranties. Lexus dealers will add gold emblems(gold package) pinstripes, vogue wheels, and in some cases Navigation systems, DVD players, Telephones. These will appear on an addendum sticker separately.
Your market area can have different port installed options as you can see above. In the East Gold pkgs.are dealer installed. On occasion the port facility will run out of say cargo mats and we will get a load missing them and have to order them through Parts. Some people consider the Port as part of the factory and some such as the Mercedes port facility could repaint a car completely or do mechanical mods or repairs if necessary which can blur the line between factory made and after market. The sticker is your legal guideline on manufacturer installed equipment even though it might be in the port that some items are added.
I'm used to looking at "build books" that tell you the production percentages, and after awhile, it all looks the same.Besides, when I'm told that they are all coming with certain things on them, It doesn't matter where it is done..it's all factory till it hits the lot!( invoiced to the dealer)
Bottom line: Lexus will build the IS300 in certain ways....in other words, even though it may say that the actual factory is building them with such and such...when they pass through port, they have P.I.O installed options installed on them. ( port installed options.) The factory decides how they come equipped, the port slaps it on, and they arrive at the dealer as such. The car's will all have that stuff on unless you special order it. ( or have the dealer remove them at delivery..not likely) The dealers sell it to you the way they get it.
They are special bolts on the wheels that have to be removed with an adapter that is found with the Jack/spare.....If you have the adapter, which you can get at any Lexus/toyota dealership, you can steal the wheels.... Not as useful as the other wheel locks I've seen...
Yes, there are aftermarket ones that have a unique "key" pattern. There is a special socket adapter which has a wavy metal pattern that must fit into a similarly shaped indentation in the special matching lugs.
Which is exactly what the Lexus one's are. Actually the Lexus ones are made by the same company that makes most of the aftermarket locks. Toyota and Lexus dealers have a special set of universal keys to use on customer's vehicles that have lost their key, but the universal keys are not available retail. If you don't have the key, you had better have alot of time on your hands, and a good chisel.
In the Central United States all of the IS300s will come with a truck mat and wheel locks. Those are Port Installed Options installed by the manufacturer's port facility.
Don't buy the wheel locks. They are a waste of money. All you need are a pair of those pointy pliers, stick them into the lock pattern, and bingo, you can screw the locks right off. You now have the universal key.