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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 9:54 am Post subject: to hide a key ? or not
im a big believer of em . cant tell ya how many times i found my keys dangling from the ignition in a locked car ..............i know where the current one is located , i don't think anyone could find it , not without taking out the gas tank there not gona see it . but if you know where to reach its a good spot ........

so i replaced some old running boards on it last week , it was kinda getting dark and my socket wasent going on ..i turn on a flash light only to find a second hide a key under the running board ? TheSamba.com :: Beetle - Late Model/Super - 1968-up - View topic (4)

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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 10:02 am Post subject: Re: to hide a key ?or not
I keep a spare in the locked frunk TheSamba.com :: Beetle - Late Model/Super - 1968-up - View topic (15)
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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 10:26 am Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
Mines in my wallet.
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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 10:48 am Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
Doesn’t work so well for most modern cars, since the “key” is now usually an expensive electronic gadget, and not very tolerant of the moisture, dust, etc. it may get exposed to in typical “hide-a-key” spots. Plus the “key” battery can go dead as well. However, on the “plus” side of things, it’s also usually impossible to lock those electronic fobs inside the car anymore either (or at least on the car models we currently have).

But for older cars, house, out buildings, etc., yeah have used hidden keys for years — really nice to have when you need them!
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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 11:01 am Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
baldessariclan wrote:
Doesn’t work so well for most modern cars, since the “key” is now usually an expensive electronic gadget, and not very tolerant of the moisture, dust, etc. it may get exposed to in typical “hide-a-key” spots. Plus the “key” battery can go dead as well. However, on the “plus” side of things, it’s also usually impossible to lock those electronic fobs inside the car anymore either (or at least on the car models we currently have).

But for older cars, house, out buildings, etc., yeah have used hidden keys for years — really nice to have when you need them!

Don't most older VW's require you to lock the doors from the outside? What I mean is if the lock the open door and shut it does it not unlock?
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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 12:16 pm Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
I have a key hidden under the frame on every car I own.
baldessariclan wrote:
Doesn’t work so well for most modern cars, since the “key” is now usually an expensive electronic gadget, and not very tolerant of the moisture, dust, etc. it may get exposed to in typical “hide-a-key” spots. Plus the “key” battery can go dead as well. However, on the “plus” side of things, it’s also usually impossible to lock those electronic fobs inside the car anymore either (or at least on the car models we currently have).

Basically no.
My new F150 has a security FOB with a key. Yes you can lock the doors with the FOB inside. Just push the lock button on the door and close. I had a spare key make. It will open the doors and tailgate but will not start the truck without the FOB. If you lock the FOB inside the truck all you need is just a key to open the door.
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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 12:25 pm Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
bsairhead wrote:
Don't most older VW's require you to lock the doors from the outside? What I mean is if the lock the open door and shut it does it not unlock?

Yes, if you press the lock button and then close the door, it will unlock automatically if you're not holding the door handle trigger down while closing -- a feature to help keep you from getting locked out of car if the door swings shut by itself (e.g. from wind, parked on a hill, etc.). This was a common feature on several other makes of cars we owned in the past as well.

However, once you've gotten into the habit of automatically holding that handle trigger down whenever you're closing the (pre-locked) door, you can still easily find yourself locked out -- have personally done it many a time! TheSamba.com :: Beetle - Late Model/Super - 1968-up - View topic (63)
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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 1:51 pm Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
Never in my driving life (45 years) have I ever shut a car door holding the handle or lock mechanism. I also leave my keys in my cars in case my neighbors need to borrow it.
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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 3:59 pm Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
Wow. In my neck of the woods if you leave your keys in the car so "someone" can borrow it, you void your insurance.
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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 4:07 pm Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
viiking wrote:
Wow. In my neck of the woods if you leave your keys in the car so "someone" can borrow it, you void your insurance.
In me hemisphere only some stupid kid would try to steel your car and over here they can't drive stick. That and they could be shot. Merica baby.
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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 5:27 pm Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
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Never in my driving life (45 years) have I ever shut a car door holding the handle or lock mechanism. I also leave my keys in my cars in case my neighbors need to borrow it.

If memory serves correctly, it was mainly a thing with Japanese and German cars — think every Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, etc. (and the VW’s, of course) we owned over the years had door locks that operated this way. Our American cars and trucks generally didn’t have this feature, though — on those you just pushed down the lock button, slammed the door, and walked away.

And then, with either type, you would occasionally realize that the keys were still hanging in the ignition… DOH!!! That’s how I became a fan of the whole “hide-a-key” thing. TheSamba.com :: Beetle - Late Model/Super - 1968-up - View topic (100)
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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 6:04 pm Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
baldessariclan wrote:
bsairhead wrote:
Never in my driving life (45 years) have I ever shut a car door holding the handle or lock mechanism. I also leave my keys in my cars in case my neighbors need to borrow it.

If memory serves correctly, it was mainly a thing with Japanese and German cars — think every Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, etc. (and the VW’s, of course) we owned over the years had door locks that operated this way. Our American cars and trucks generally didn’t have this feature, though — on those you just pushed down the lock button, slammed the door, and walked away.

And then, with either type, you would occasionally realize that the keys were still hanging in the ignition… DOH!!! That’s how I became a fan of the whole “hide-a-key” thing. TheSamba.com :: Beetle - Late Model/Super - 1968-up - View topic (111)

That is why mine's in my wallet. Best place for a spare key.
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Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 6:52 pm Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
The one and only time I got locked out of my car was on my new Karman Ghia that I bought in 1969. A friend helped me out and undid the lock with a hanger, and I was on my way.

Since then, I have ALWAYS locked the doors of my cars, only using the key that is in my hand. So, I can't be locked out, since my method of locking the door requires I have possession of the keys.

Fifty-five years and only that one lock out to teach me a lesson.

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Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2024 2:22 am Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
I too have a Hide-a-Key on all vehicles.
I learned the hard, expensive way ... many moons ago 2 different locksmiths opened my door and my wallet.

One is a 4speed stick, one has the valet key in the box, & one has a 23yr old factory alarm fob that disables the ignition & MUST be pressed before it will start resetting every 60 seconds.
I'm s.o.l. if I ever lose that as no one I've found can make another.

If I do have to grab the box in a public setting I hide it in a different spot.

Piece of mind is priceless ... stay safe

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Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2024 5:43 am Post subject: Re: to hide a key ? or not
Not saying this is what I do but if you use a tape that really sticks, if you put the key in a place requiring crawling under the vehicle, think dirty and messy, have to reach into, or over, or on top of, or all three to a place that is dirty and messy with potential of housing a spider, you have now found the perfect place to secure the key.
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