The kids would all sing, he would take the wrong key

And keys, at least automotive keys, are awfully pricey these days:

You know, when I traded my old pickup truck for an SUV last year, we ended up with an older Lexus with a then-luxe interior — including a cassette deck. It came with two keys; when we got into the car, I gave the key with the fob (lock/unlock/panic buttons) to my beautiful wife, put the key without the buttons on my keyring, put the key in the ignition, turned, and…


I could not start the vehicle, and after a few tries, I started to get angry. I thought about the lemon law, storming in and demanding my old truck back and whatnot, but she was really sold on the vehicle. The salesman came out with obviously artificial regret, but this particular vehicle only came with one key that could start the car — one with the integrated chip — and one that could unlock the doors, maybe. We could order another key with an integrated chip for a couple hundred dollars.

Gwendolyn, my stately Infiniti, came with three keys and two fobs. The two that look alike are actually alike; either will open the doors or the deck lid, or start the car. The one of those things that’s not like the other will only open the doors. It comes mounted on a card which suggests that you carry it separately and use it for unlocking when you’ve locked your “real” keys in the car. This is the sort of thing that seems appropriate for an automaker that leaves a note in the glovebox apologizing for the 0.7 miles on the odometer, but they had to drive it to the dock.

(Title swiped from the Who.)

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  1. McGehee »

    1 July 2019 · 9:40 am

    The cars Mrs. McG and I drive — both built in this <JFK> decayed </JFK> — came equipped like Gwendolyn.

    The late mother-in-law’s Chrysler, acquired from a car rental agency rather than from Carmax, did not. She had to get a second fob through the local dealership.

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