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Re: I locked my keys in the car too
Board: Why Did I Just Do That!?
Reply to: #449411 by koalacat
Oct 9, 2009 8:56pm
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My parents urge me to do something like #2, but I am too worried that it will fall/be bumped off or theft.

We have a tiny letterbox (a personal traveler) in a "hidden key" case that we put on the back of our license plate when we're at events. Once we totally forgot it was there and discovered it over 6 months later. We drive a LOT in many different areas and it never moved. You might think about hiding a key there.
Re: I locked my keys in the car too
Board: Why Did I Just Do That!?
Reply to: #449411 by koalacat
Oct 10, 2009 4:28am
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what I did is got a FLAT key made (no bulky plastic on the top). I used a drill to make the hole in it a little bigger, then unscrewed the license plate and put the key on the screw behind the plate, then screwed it back in. it couldn't fall off, and it being so hidden noone could know it was there.

hope this helps!
Re: Well I guess this is the group...
Board: Why Did I Just Do That!?
Reply to: #449369 by koalacat
Oct 10, 2009 8:35am
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I lock my keys frequently in the car. It happens at least once a year.

I've locked the keys in my car once in my entire life. Definitely not something I do "frequently," but I did have an unusual way of getting the car unlocked. I was in a busy parking lot at the time it happened--there was a Civil War reenactment going on, and people were everywhere. So I decided to start asking around if someone had a screwdriver I could borrow.

The reason being is because I suspected that there were spare keys hidden behind the back license plate. I bought my car used, and when I moved up to Oregon from California, I had to change the plates. When I took off the old plates, that's when I discovered a set of keys hidden behind them. Interesting, I thought, and I assumed the keys were spares for the car. What else would they be for? I didn't actually try them, however. Just thought it was interesting and figured I may as well leave them there. Why not? They weren't hurting anything.

Fast forward a year or so when I locked my keys in the car. I could call AAA, but wouldn't it be faster to retrieve the presumed spare keys from behind the license plate? I couldn't exactly get the license plate off with my fingernails, though. I needed a screwdriver. So I started asking around if anyone had a screwdriver in their car that I could borrow.

I found someone who did have one, and I explained about locking my keys in the car but that there were spares behind the license plate. He looked at me skeptically--like it was the craziest story he'd ever heard, but went ahead and let me borrow the screwdriver and watched as I started taking off the back license plate of my car. I know he was thinking I was up to no good, but the license plate came off and sure enough, there was a set of keys.

The guy seemed to perk up when he saw the spare keys, saying, "Well, at least I know it really is your car--there's no way a stranger would have known about keys hidden behind the license plate!" All the time I was thinking, "I really, really hope these ARE spare keys for the car and not spare keys for the house of a previous owner or something...."

But it unlocked the door of the car. Whew. =) I screwed the license plate back on and returned the screwdriver, and continued on with the rest of my day.

The irony is that if I had locked my keys in the car before I moved to Oregon, I would have never known about the spare hidden behind the license plate. It's all about timing.

-- Ryan
Re: Well I guess this is the group...
Board: Why Did I Just Do That!?
Reply to: #449503 by Green Tortuga
Oct 10, 2009 12:04pm
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Good thing they did work for the car. While reading it I thought, oh no, they are going to be the keys for something else.
Re: I locked my keys in the car too
Board: Why Did I Just Do That!?
Reply to: #449379 by resQlou
Apr 5, 2012 10:25pm
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I once locked my keys in my car when in line for an oil change, ironically I told my friend with me to be sure to get your keys out of his car so he wouldn't lock them in and what do I do, yes lock my darn keys in the car! Talk about embarrassing.