I traded in my 20 year old Civic yesterday for a new 2010 Civic.
One of the advantages of the 20 year old Civic was that theft was not
so much an issue. That was good as locking myself out of the car is
once or twice a year. I got around that by hiding a key in a
magnetized case underneath the car. I don't feel so great about that
option with a new car. I would to solicit polite suggestions for how
I can plan for this situation. I have a roadside assistance plan,
but I am looking to cut down on the cost and inconvenience of that.
Is it possible to get copies of the valet key made through normal
Thanks much in advance for the info and polite suggestions
If all we're talking about is for unlocking the doors, then you can have the
metal copied pretty cheap. Even get it with a flat head (as opposed to the
big plastic cover) so you can stuff it in your wallet.
If you want the key to start the car, then you're stuck with one of the
expensive keys that can only be made by the dealer and locksmiths that have
extra gear. Local hardware store would probably not be one of those.
That actually sounds like good news because my problem is only locking
myself out. If a cheap spare can't start the car it isn't much of a
risk to hide the spare underneath the car.
Do hardware store copies NOT start the engine by design or is it a
matter of their copying machines simply not being good enough? In
other words, can I rely on the cheapo copy being bad enough to NOT be
able to start the car?
On 4/28/10 4:41 PM, in article
You have to have a key with the "chip" to start the car. A $2 Home Depot
key has no chip, so it will unlock the door mechanically, but won't answer
the challenge from the car computer when you try to start the engine with
I eliminate that little problem by carrying two keys: the valet key is on my
house-key ring, and the "chip" key with all the buttons is on a key fob, and
that is also in my pocket. The latter key is the one used in the car's
ignition switch. God forbid I should accidentally leave it in the ignition
(or on the seat), and the doors lock with me on the outside... I still have
a key in my pocket to open the door. I don't understand why this is so
difficult for so many people.
Heh... Even on my ancient autos, I leave the ignition key under the
seat and carry the door key on my key ring (which has about fifteen
other keys on it as well).
Simplification of process is not an accepted practice by the mooing
masses these days...
well, it's not like consumers don't benefit. even if they get charged a
few hundred for keys over the life of the vehicle - it's a good deal
more convenient to not have the car stolen. unlocking the car while
you're walking up to it as opposed to having to fumble for small holes
in the dark is a good thing too.
Regulations are usually the purview of the bureaucrats, not Congress. So
lobbyists may work on either the bureaucrats or Congress, depending.
Of course, that depends on how the original enabling bill was written...
No,Congress is -supposed- to have the intelligence and morals to act in the
people's best interests. Instead,they go for the highest bidder.
We really need term limits;NO careers in Congress.
That's the only practical way to fix the problem.
BTW,many lobbyists used to BE members of Congress.
I had the second covered. "Gone in 60 seconds" is pretty accurate.
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