From the “Why would you do this?” files

Basic question:

Yahoo Answers screenshot: How does the keyless Push-To-Start button work in a car?

And then it gets fuzzy:

I plan on buying a new nissan maxima or altima in a few weeks. The reviews show that they are good cars and all but, I’m very concerned about the way you start the car. I know that all you do is like push the button and have the thingy with you in your pocket, but what if I dont want someone driving it. Like if I’m sitting in the passenger seat with someone else in the drivers seat that I don’t want driving. How would that work?

How would that even happen? What bizarre sort of circumstances would cause this situation? I mean, a carjacker is going to throw you out of the car, and he may or may not remember to search you for the fob.

Also, how would make a copy of that key like traditional keys because I sometimes tend to misplace them.

You write a very large check to a Nissan dealer.


  1. McG »

    1 May 2017 · 10:34 am

    I could see a kidnapper letting the car’s owner come along for the ride — and if the car won’t start for him, I can the kidnapper getting … miffed.

    Now if, say, throwing the fob out the window could the engine to quit, I could see doing that just as the car’s passing a Denny’s or a donut shop…

  2. Chuck Pergiel »

    1 May 2017 · 12:12 pm

    How about your cousin / nephew / “friend” sees your new car and wants to sit in the driver’s seat and check it out. You say sure, and then you get in the passenger seat to point out all the nifty new featurettes, and then they push the start button because, hey, a button to push, and from there it’s, hey, let’s go for a ride. What are you gonna do? Wrestle the gear selector? Punch him? And while we’re at it, where’s the ‘stop’ button? What no ‘stop’ button? How the heck do you turn it off?

  3. McG »

    1 May 2017 · 1:19 pm

    The words “see” and “cause” from my comment above have reportedly been apprehended attempting to board a plane to Caracas. More details as they become available.

  4. CGHill »

    1 May 2017 · 2:29 pm

    Let’s hope it’s a very short person in the seat, because in the Nissan system you must have one foot on the brake when pushing the Start button. (Turning it off is identical to turning it on. Go figure.)

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