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Car Key: Stranded Part One

Owning a car is one of the most costly items in our life! There are ongoing fuel and maintenance costs, car registration and not to mention THOSE unexpected car related crises which usually happen when we’re saving up for that European holiday, or this year’s latest pair of boots. I know where I’d much rather invest my money… and it’s certainly not my car!

With that said, and in all seriousness, I need a car to get from A to B (like most of you). Of course there are and will be things that happen to my car which are unavoidable. The most common and over looked mistake, but totally avoidable is not having a spare car key.

It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal does it? Picture this. You’ve lost your only and workable car key on holidays….. camping. The camp site is virtually in the middle of nowhere with limited phone service (which is why you booked it). To have a tow truck pick up your car and take it to the small town mechanic, not only incurs penalties to pick up from a remote area, but because you are outside of business hours, the company cannot pick you up till the next day. The best time they can give you for the pick-up is the usual broad response of between 9am-1pm.

So, once you finally make it to the mechanics, Bob breaks the news to you that it’s going to cost anywhere from $500.00-$2000.00 depending on your cars make and model, to have a new set of keys written to the body control model of the car. To make matters worse, it is going to take a couple of days to get the car key in to the shop. A couple of days later, and a (not so) lazy $2000.00 you will finally have a workable car key.

This is worst case scenario, but not completely far-fetched. The importance of owning a second car key is critical. Spending (from) $179.95* on a second car key is worth its weight in gold when you compare the latter option, not to mention the time that is wasted in the process.

It’s wise to leave a spare car key with your parents, or with a friend as you would with your spare house key. Shouting your parents a tank of petrol to drop off your spare car key is still cheaper than a visit to Bob’s!

* Car key prices can vary depending on the cars make, model and year, and also if you require a case or integrated key and remote control.