On Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:16:53 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
I do know a locksmith well enough, but that does not fix the problem.
When my boss went to Austria, he took the car door key with him as it
is on his chain. His wife decided to use the car (instead of hers)
and take the fob to open the doors. Ignition key was different. She
locked the car, went to a school function, came out and the fob would
It took me over an hour to get the dealer (60 miles away) to call a
local locksmith with the code. Had to prove I was authorized, etc.
Given all the electronics in the door, no one would take the chance of
a slim jim.
I believe the service offered by the company mentioned in the OP was for
residential keys, but I see no reason why it couldn't be used for
non-electronic cars keys.
My son lost the electronic key for his car and thought it was going to cost
him $300+ for new key from the dealer. He called a locksmith who made him a
new electronic key (after proof of ownership) by using the VIN. He charged
him $150, $100 of which was covered by my AAA Plus plan. The locksmith also
threw in a non-electronic key for free so he can at least get into the car
if he locks the keys inside or loses them.
BTW...he didn't actually lose the electronic key. He knows where it is: at
the bottom of the creek he was canoeing on. He put it in a tied down,
watertight container in one of the canoes and closed it properly. He even
checked it during one of their breaks. Sometime later somebody else opened
the container, didn't close it properly and ended up flipping the canoe. He
wasn't the only person that lost items. A bunch of people were pissed.
On Wed, 3 Jul 2013 11:18:20 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
I don't trust the people who collect the keys, or all those who know
where they store them.
No risk. I safety pin my keys into my clothes. Never had a fob
before 2 years ago. Now I'll probably leave the fob in the car
somewhere and just take the key. Maybe I'll take a non-electronic key
and leave the electronic one in my my car.
Somehow I had a girlfriend from Hungary when I was about 30. She
had rented a campsite for the summer next to the Delaware River in NJ
or NY. But it turned out she was the only single woman there and all
the rest were couples. The women were suspicious of her, though I
don't think she had done anything.
We're canoeing. I'm in the back. She's in the front, sunbathing,
stretched out with her head stickig out on one side of the the canoe
and her legs on the other. I was looking right at her and didn't see
her move, but all of a sudden the canoe flipped over. But in those
days I was competent, had everything in a plastic bag, which was in a
canvas duffel bag to keep the inner bag from ripping, which was in a
big plastic bag to keep the canvas bag from getting wet.
During the Hungarian revolution in 1956, she wasn't getting along well
with her mother, so when the Russians invaded, she swam across the
Danube to get away from them. I can't remember if they were shooting
at her or not. She was about 14 then. She ended up in NYC, and
when I met her she was a sometimes lecturer on art at Columbia Univ.
She sometimes led "field trips" to NYC art museums, and gave her
lectures there. Pretty good for where she started. After we
broke up, things loosened up in Hungary so she went back to see her
family etc. It turned out her monther had a decade earlier moved to
NYC, and was the superintendant of an apartment building on the upper
east side. My friend lived of course on the upper west side. So
they lived nearby for almost a decade but neither knew it. When she
got back she looked up her mother and it was wonderful to see her.
But within a couple weeks her mother was nagging her again, too much
makeup, this, that, the same reasons she left at age 14.
I see the smiley, but FTR if they were shooting, they weren't shooting
until she was swimming away, so she was leaving before they started
shooting. She blameed her mother, not the reimposition of
Communist rule after a 2 weeks where the revolution still had a chance
of success. Budapest is the combination of two cities, Buda and
Pest, one on each side of the Danube. Currently there are about 10
bridges across the river within Budapest. I don't know why she had to
swim. Soviet soldiers posted at the bridges? But why then was she
safer on the other side?
BTW, this was when Cardinal Mindszenty fled to the US Embassy, where
he lived for 15 years before being allowed out of the country. Sort
of like the wikileaks guy, in Ecuador's embassy, maybe, except for the
reason why. From wikip " During World War II he was imprisoned by
the pro-Nazi authorities. After the war, he opposed communism and
the communist persecution in his country. As a result, he was tortured
and given a life sentence in a 1949 show trial that generated
worldwide condemnation, including a United Nations resolution. After
eight years in prison, he was freed in the Hungarian Revolution of
1956 and granted political asylum by the United States embassy in
Budapest, where Mindszenty lived for the next fifteen years. He was
finally allowed to leave the country in 1971. He died in exile in 1975
in Vienna, Austria."
This was also big news in 1956, and medium news for years afterwards.
If you consider a safety pin a "no risk" solution, so be it. I can
certainly see a situation where a fall could bend the pin in such a manner
that it opens - maybe not right away, maybe later. I'd still call it "some
risk" vs. "no risk".
Now, the non-electronic key is a good idea. If everything else go wrong,
you could still call AAA or a locksmith and get the real key out of your
Every now and then I get a call for a locksmith because an on-line
business group put in my phone number for his. His last 4 digits are
the same but the first three are different. I've sent email to the
site, called the locksmith and faxed him to no avail. At first I wanted
to help him and the callers but now its, tough shit.
Locked my keys in the car when I was 16. Ever since I've carried an
extra key in my wallet.
personally the best addition here was my digital doorlock. its worked flawless for about 2 years. its so convenient.....
and no need go go anywhere to get a replacement key:)
I still have a doorlock key with me, but havent used it or over a year. i managed to lock myself out in my back yard, my front door electronc lock use the same key my backyard doors do..
i used the key rater than deal with opening a gate....
for the poster who get calls intended for a locksmith, call thelocksmith one last time:) Be SUPER FRIENDLY:) just inform him that in one month ANYONE who calls looking for a locksmith will be told the following:)
I am sorry we are closing and no futher locksmith service will be available..
He will NOW have a great reason to fix the problem:) for anyone who calls during that 30 days tell them to tell the locksmith all callers will be told locksmith out of business
I had to do this for a previous owner of my 800 number, they were getting more calls than me and i was paying for all of them:)
That problem ended FAST:)
We used to get Alaska Airlines calls due to a similar number. I took
a call once and the caller asked my why him and his son had seats
apart from each other and could they be changed. I told him no, the
kid did not want to be seen traveling with him and asked for a
different seat. He hung up on me.
Tell em the number is changed, and give out the other locksmith's
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
for the poster who get calls intended for a locksmith, call thelocksmith
one last time:) Be SUPER FRIENDLY:) just inform him that in one month
ANYONE who calls looking for a locksmith will be told the following:)
I am sorry we are closing and no futher locksmith service will be
He will NOW have a great reason to fix the problem:) for anyone who
calls during that 30 days tell them to tell the locksmith all callers
will be told locksmith out of business
I had to do this for a previous owner of my 800 number, they were
getting more calls than me and i was paying for all of them:)
That problem ended FAST:)
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