Hiding a spare key under the car

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by techman41973, Jul 3, 2007.

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    techman41973 Guest

    As a measure of security, I like to keep a spare key mounted and
    hidden under my car.
    It came especially handy when a friend accidentally locked my keys in
    my trunk on a road trip (the trunk release was locked at the time).
    I am considering getting a new car that has the keyless entry fob
    attached to the key which makes it too big to fit in those key vaults
    the mount to the car (my current solution) and those magnetic key
    holders are worthless as they alway fall off, are easy for thieves to
    find and most won't hold todays larger keys with fob.
    Does anyone have a solution for keeping a spare key mounted under
    their car?
    techman41973, Jul 3, 2007
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    jim beam Guest

    your only real bet is the magnet box deal you can buy at the hardware
    store. as to location, you're on your own on that one! and you
    shouldn't reveal where you hide yours either.
    jim beam, Jul 4, 2007
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    Bob Guest

    I keep a spare in my wallet when I travel.....just in case I do
    something stupid! :)
    Bob, Jul 4, 2007
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    Tegger Guest

    Since I disabled my "key in" warning chime (13 years ago) I have not locked
    myself out once. Did it three times prior to that.

    When you have no net, you learn to hang on tight to the trapeze.
    Tegger, Jul 4, 2007
  5. "Tegger" wrote

    I carry two keys at all times: one is the "remote" key on its own fob; the
    other is the valet key, which is kept on the ring with the house keys. Can't
    miss that way.
    Howard Lester, Jul 4, 2007
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    Dave L Guest

    I used to carry a spare in my wallet. However, the new Honda key has the
    key fob integrated with the key. No way to stick that in the wallet and
    still be able to sit comfortably! Just have the one key on my now, and hope
    nothing happens when I'm far from home...
    Dave L, Jul 4, 2007
  7. The rear bumper of a 92 accord has a pair of rubber strips running along
    the top. The central section is unsecured, leaving a long, skinny
    pocket in which a key can be neatly stashed. I've also got a key hidden
    in a fold in the rear seat.
    Greg Campbell, Jul 4, 2007

  8. If you just want to get into the car when you accidentally lock the
    keys inside you don't need the fob, just the key. I have used the
    magnetic boxes for years and have never had one fall off.
    Ashton Crusher, Jul 4, 2007
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    Rick Blaine Guest

    Your pants must have big, bulging pockets...
    Rick Blaine, Jul 4, 2007
  10. "Rick Blaine" wrote
    Yes, and I'm VERY proud....

    Howard Lester, Jul 4, 2007
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    Dan Beaton Guest

    I do the same thing. The electric door locks are too easy to lock
    Dan Beaton, Jul 5, 2007
  12. "Dan Beaton" wrote
    Exactly. Another advantage of using the remote key separately is that its
    plastic key fob has virtually no weight, and therefore won't potentially
    damage the lock's cylinder over time.
    Howard Lester, Jul 5, 2007
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    KeithV Guest

    KeithV, Jul 5, 2007
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    marco Guest

    Don't keep a spare key on the car where a thief who checks the internet
    might find out where they are kept.

    marco, Jul 7, 2007
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    DanKMTB Guest

    This must be specific to location, quality of roads and driving
    style. I've lost a few of those in my day, and after the first they
    were all wrapped on with wire as well as the magnet. I've had other
    people agree with me that they are useless, but where I live dirt
    roads and real harsh entrances to parking lots are very common.

    My new method is to research the easiest way into my current vehicle
    and keep what I'd need to break in accessible. It's usually cheap,
    easy to hide and I figure less likely to fall off in the lot by where
    I park, giving some kid a key to my car. On my last car that tool was
    simple: make sure the antenna is loose enough I can muscle it loose
    by hand. I could pull the door out enough by hand without damaging
    any seals to slide the antenna in there and hit the stupidly
    accessible power unlock button. My new vehicle was a touch trickier,
    but not much. I'm not posting the trick to this one, however.
    DanKMTB, Jul 9, 2007
  16. Suddenly OnStar makes sense.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Jul 10, 2007

  17. SSSSHHHH!!!! I was already on it!!! ;)
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Jul 10, 2007

  18. Aw, c'mon!!!!
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Jul 10, 2007

  19. Been doing it for 30 years...
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Jul 10, 2007
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    paul.brandon Guest

    I used to carry a spare in my wallet. However, the new Honda key has the
    You can get a key at a hardware store that will unlock the door (my
    most common screwup is locking the keys in the car).
    It lacks the electronics to start the car, and will hang up the car's
    computer if you try.
    I stripped off the bulky plastic so that it fits in my wallet.
    paul.brandon, Jul 16, 2007
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