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Yep, keys somehow fell out of my shorts pocket onto the grass without me noticing, mowed over them without noticing.  Only when I went to leave and found keys missing and after a quick search I found what remained of them.  A couple of keys survived but of course my car key could not be found and of course I had no spare either.   

 

Had to call a locksmith, broke into my car to remove the key barrel to make a new key,  Luckily I eventually found the mangled plastic part of the car key which the locksmith could retrieve the coded chip otherwise would have been another $100 reprogramming a new chip.  Nearly 3 hours wasted and $250 out of pocket wasn't the best day.  I'll probably laugh about it one day but not today.

 

Lesson learnt- secure keys better and always have a spare!


Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:24 PM

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Same thing happened to me about a year ago, except I'd borrowed the vehicle from a fella just for that day.
He had no spare and after weeks of mucking around, it ended up costing me over $650.
I feel your pain brother.
Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:51 PM

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Yep, keys somehow fell out of my shorts pocket onto the grass without me noticing, mowed over them without noticing.  Only when I went to leave and found keys missing and after a quick search I found what remained of them.  A couple of keys survived but of course my car key could not be found and of course I had no spare either.   

 

Had to call a locksmith, broke into my car to remove the key barrel to make a new key,  Luckily I eventually found the mangled plastic part of the car key which the locksmith could retrieve the coded chip otherwise would have been another $100 reprogramming a new chip.  Nearly 3 hours wasted and $250 out of pocket wasn't the best day.  I'll probably laugh about it one day but not today.

 

Lesson learnt- secure keys better and always have a spare!

Serve you right for scalping, LOL


Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:17 PM

I am overly optimistic, I am 3/4 full of beer again!


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hmmm    NOTE to self: Get the spare key and wire it under the car somewhere


Posted 15 November 2017 - 09:14 PM

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Ouch! - but if it's any consolation my partner's son had the keys to his Mazda CX7 nicked from the front hall in an attempted car theft - cost to replace from Mazda.........$1700!

 

I've ordered a spare key for my Toyota from these guys:-

 

http://www.replacementcarkeys.com.au/

 

you give them your key code (found in the owners manual) and they cut you a spare with the remote locking shell for about $30 - for me anyway - just need to swap in your chip module if you want the remote locking to work.


Posted 15 November 2017 - 09:38 PM

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Ouch! - but if it's any consolation my partner's son had the keys to his Mazda CX7 nicked from the front hall in an attempted car theft - cost to replace from Mazda.........$1700!

 

I've ordered a spare key for my Toyota from these guys:-

 

http://www.replacementcarkeys.com.au/

 

you give them your key code (found in the owners manual) and they cut you a spare with the remote locking shell for about $30 - for me anyway - just need to swap in your chip module if you want the remote locking to work.

interesting, didn't realise the key code was in the owners manual, that could have saved a lot time.  But you still also need the chip to start the car (my toyota anyway) so they also need to duplicate that if you want a spare.  Anyway I'm all good now as the locksmith made 2 keys for me, just don't have the remote fob anymore, that's another $160 if I want one.  I'm sure if I went to Toyota the prices would be triple or more.


Posted 16 November 2017 - 05:18 AM

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interesting, didn't realise the key code was in the owners manual, that could have saved a lot time.  But you still also need the chip to start the car (my toyota anyway) so they also need to duplicate that if you want a spare.  Anyway I'm all good now as the locksmith made 2 keys for me, just don't have the remote fob anymore, that's another $160 if I want one.  I'm sure if I went to Toyota the prices would be triple or more.

Mine's a 2006 model Avensis - not sure whether I need the chip to start - I've got a spare key only, I'll try it. - and I should have said the owners log book with service history - not the generic manual - the guys from that website clued me in to that.


Posted 16 November 2017 - 06:32 AM

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I almost cut up my phone once when it slipped out of my top pocket and I noticed it at the last second. I guess that would of been an expensive mistake too. :blush:


Posted 16 November 2017 - 06:49 AM

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I always have a spare key ( open only ) in my wallet after the vehicle locked itself when i left keys in ignition, was at a mates place dropping of a mini loader for him parked around the back so no big deal (apart from locksmiths bill )

I know with my remote if the battery goes flat just to crack it open and short it out, works every time  :)


Posted 16 November 2017 - 11:28 AM

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Glad I'm able to leave mine in the ignition.


Posted 16 November 2017 - 02:42 PM

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I almost cut up my phone once when it slipped out of my top pocket and I noticed it at the last second. I guess that would of been an expensive mistake too. :blush:

I was at the dump a couple of weeks ago pulling out piles of hedge trimmings and branches from the back of the trailer.  

Got back in the car and thought my pocket feels a bit light.

Oh bugger my less than a year old iPhone wasn't there!! 

I got out and stared at the mountain of rubbish in front of me!

Bright idea.....I know i'll call myself and ill be able to hear the phone....doh....no phone!

Luckily a helpful guy was unloading next to me and kindly offered to call me.

Phone found, bit dusty but undamaged.

Always check your pockets before leaving the dump and carry 2 phones!!


Posted 17 November 2017 - 04:56 PM




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