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paulh.0776 - on 05 Jan 2018
Over the new year I dropped my car key between Swirls car park and the summit of Helvellyn via the top of Brown Cove Crags, once I came to terms with their disappearance I then had a 5 hour journey home involving 3 buses and 3 trains. Volvo !!! want to charge me £300 for a spare so if anyone happens to come across it while up there, many beer vouchers could be yours!
eschaton - on 05 Jan 2018
In reply to paulh.0776:

Can't point you to a specific website/company, but it is possible to get a car rekeyed for much less than the manufacturer would charge. Do some research and save yourself from the unnecessary charges.
teh_mark on 05 Jan 2018
In reply to eschaton:

I've had recent experience of losing a Volvo key, not being able to find the spare and with the car parked in an underground car park from which it couldn't be recovered. £400, and Volvo couldn't even deal with it as I couldn't get the car to them.

Turns out that modern Volvos are really quite secure, and it's impossible to program keys for them without the Volvo software and a live connection to their system.
paulh.0776 - on 05 Jan 2018
In reply to teh_mark:

I’ve done some shopping around and it’s difficult to get the price down very much, without wanting to rant on, it’s a scam that the manufacturers are all exploiting atm. They effectively tie you into their prices by locking you out of your own car, !
martinturner - on 05 Jan 2018
In reply to paulh.0776:

Is it a scam?
Or
Is it Volvo making sure that people can’t programme a key, while you sleep, and then steal your car?
NottsRich on 06 Jan 2018
In reply to paulh.0776:
Shopping around volvo dealers, or independent car key specialists?

I needed a new key for an 8y/o bmw a few years ago. BMW wanted £300+. I got it done for £60. This is assuming you have a driveable car with the spare key, and you haven't lost the only key...

Can you claim from car insurance or house insurance?
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paulh.0776 - on 06 Jan 2018
In reply to martinturner:
I don’t think the price is a factor that makes a key more or less difficult to copy Martin. The fact that they can hold your car hostage and charge what they like just when you need them most is disgraceful, the prices quoted by the manufacturers for replacement keys is extortion, and is effectively a ransom note, and doesn’t reflect the real cost of suppling a new key.
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paulh.0776 - on 06 Jan 2018
In reply to NottsRich:

Nope none of them want to know, rac ....not included, direct line home and motor.... sorry not covered!
martinturner - on 06 Jan 2018
In reply to paulh.0776:

I was referring to the fact only Volvo can make the key.
Dave Cumberland - on 06 Jan 2018
In reply to paulh.0776:

> Over the new year I dropped my car key between Swirls car park and the summit of Helvellyn via the top of Brown Cove Crags, ..

Fair chance someone will find them and hand them in would have thought.
paulh.0776 - on 06 Jan 2018
In reply to martinturner:

Ah yes I that’s a good point, which is fine so long as they don’t exploit the situation.
elsewhere on 06 Jan 2018
In reply to martinturner:

> I was referring to the fact only Volvo can make the key.

We hope!

Although it look like criminals don't really need the key as the manufacturers aren't using robust enough cryptography/protocols that outlast the life of the vehicle.

"The RAC obtained the figures from 40 police forces in England and Wales, which revealed that 85,688 vehicles were stolen last year - up 30% from 65,783 in 2013."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41409528
routrax - on 06 Jan 2018
In reply to paulh.0776:

I know this is absolutely no use to you now, but these things are pretty good to have for when you do get new keys/car (whichever is cheaper!)

https://www.thetileapp.com/en-gb/

I hope they turn up.
davidh - on 10 Jan 2018
In reply to paulh.0776:

Hi Paul,
I've found your keys! I may have sent you a pm but I'm not entirely certain.... Either way send me an address and I can post them back to you.
David
Dave Cumberland - on 10 Jan 2018
In reply to davidh:

Great news!
dunc56 - on 10 Jan 2018
In reply to davidh:

> Hi Paul,

> I've found your keys! I may have sent you a pm but I'm not entirely certain.... Either way send me an address and I can post them back to you.

> David

Never mind Brexit, Trump, North Korea and all that rubbish. This is the news right here !

And finally ... A key which was given up as lost ....
Wee Davie - on 11 Jan 2018
In reply to davidh:

Just on the off chance- I lost a set of VW keys while at a Commonwealth Games event at Hampden Park in 2014. Any chance you'll be in South Glasgow in the next while?

Lion Bakes on 11 Jan 2018
In reply to paulh.0776:

Were you the guy in the middle of the path that we passed either side? We said hello, group of four.

 

paulh.0776 - on 11 Jan 2018
In reply to davidh:

Hi David . This sounds very promising. Not bought a spare yet. Iv e sent a pm to you. Thank you so much  

paulh.0776 - on 10:24 Sat
In reply to Lion Bakes:

Not sure Lion, hope you had a good day.

davidh - on 19:40 Sat
In reply to paulh.0776:

Super, going in the post tomorrow......

 

paulh.0776 - on 18:38 Sun
In reply to davidh:

That’s great, thank you so much

 

Dave the Rave on 19:02 Sun
In reply to paulh.0776:

This is almost as good a tale as the 2 walkers that found the lost boxer dog on Ben Vane a few years back

scon - on 12:21 Wed
In reply to paulh.0776:

I dropped a Gucci watch on Blencathra approaching scales tarn in 2010.  Any chance..???!!

wercat on 15:49 Wed
In reply to scon:

I dropped a swatch on Helvellyn near the summit, some years ago.     A few years back, more than ten years after dropping the watch, I was talking to a stranger at an electronics car-boot near Newark and when I mentioned I lived in Cumbria he mentioned that he went hillwalking and mentioned Helvellyn.  

At some point I mentioned losing the watch and he said "Funny that, I once found a watch right near the summit of Helvellyn....."

 

The following year I met him at the same event and he swung the watch in front of my face, complete with new battery!

 

A chance in 1000 million?

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