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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
How many of you have locked your keys in the car? We did that today. It actually has happened to us like 4 times in the past couple of years!! You would think we would learn!!!!
post #2 of 22
I have done it twice since last June...once the car was runnung!! OMG, it is so infuriating!
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
Ha ha!!!! Sorry, thought that was funny!! Can't say I have ever left the car running though!!!
post #4 of 22
I'm guilty. Not to long ago I locked them in with my car running!!!! I didn't have a spare so DH had to crawl under the car and unplug some sort of wire. Then we had to call a locksmith and pay 60 bucks to have it unlocked.
post #5 of 22
Oh, you're not alone. I'm good for doing that, especially in winter when I go out to warm up my car. I hate that feeling after you close the door...as soon as it shuts, you realize you locked it out of habit. After the first time, I started keeping a spare key in the house. Of course that doesn't help when I'm at work (yeah, I've done it there too).

To share a story that really shows how stupid I am....last winter, I went out to warm up the car and I KNEW I made sure I didn't lock the door. I went back in, finished getting ready for work. Put the dogs in their crates, got my lunch ready...and started looking for my keys. No where to be found. I was cussing the cats, checking under tables and chairs thinking they ran off with them (wouldn't be the first time). I had completely forgot my car was warming up....with the keys in it! It took me 10 minutes to put 2 and 2 together, and by that time I was late for work. But luckily, my supervisor didn't hold it against me because she got such a big laugh out of it! So, at least locking the keys in the car is a legitiment excuse....that morning I just had a major blond moment!
post #6 of 22
My first car was a Mercury that had the dial-a-code to unlock the car. I use to just throw the keys in the glove compartment or passengers seat (only when gassing up) and use the key code.

When I gave up that car for a new one, the new one didn't the key code. Needless to that first week alone...my poor friends.

That all was 8 years ago...I think I've finally learned...I hope...we'll see what tomorrow brings.
post #7 of 22
I went to visit DH at work one day, set my keys on the passenger side seat, got out and slammed the door. Only to realize to my horror that the keys were still on the seat!
Luckily Dh has a spare key on his keys and all I had to do was get his and open my door. I gave one to my MIL and to dh. That way I can get the car opened one way or the other.
post #8 of 22
That's what I do! I have a car key on my keyring and on my mother's and on my SO's.
That way, regardless of where I am, I can call someone!

I'll just have to remember not to lock my phone in my car...
post #9 of 22
i have done that a couple of times, but not for a very long time.
post #10 of 22
I have never done that. It must be my obsessive compulsive behavior that always makes me check a few times. I have left a car unlocked, though.
post #11 of 22
If your car can be opened and locked via a remote key fob, always have somebody keep a spare key. This does work, but not on every model of car. Phone that person up using your mobile phone and get them to hold down the button of the key close to the mouthpiece on their phone for about ten seconds. If you hold your mobile phone close to the car it will sometimes open it. No this is not a joke, but like I say it does not work on every car.
post #12 of 22
Ive locked my keys in my car alot... normally while its running. It got so bad at the school that they told me not to even bother calling HIR (HELP IM RETARDED!!) and that they would do it for 10 dollars each time I did it! Things got cheaper from that moment on! I dont like to get into a cold car, but what I hate worse is waiting outside in the cold and knowing that your car is nice and warm and not being able to get in it!!
post #13 of 22
yup once while running ... but I have lock out on my insurence and so locksmith afterhours of 100 was 0
post #14 of 22
I've never done it, but I did date a guy who seemed to do it almost every other day! One day he even lost his car keys and after he broke into his car he broke the ignition so that he could hot wire it and drive it. He actually drove around like that for several months. What a moron
post #15 of 22
DH has done this (car and house)! It was during our one son's grad party. I was wearing shorts with no pockets and my keys were locked in our bedroom. I told DH to be sure he had keys to the car/bedroom as he had pockets. Everything was fine...........until.............he moved our car to the far side of our property to make more room for guests pulling in.

Not only did he lock the keys in the car but the car was running! It had a full tank of gas and we didn't realize that it was running and headed into the house (which thankfully was unlocked). He went out to the car and sure enough the keys were in there, windows rolled up (of course) and the car was still running.

So we slept in the living room that night. Next morning we had to figure out how to get in our bedroom and get my keys to unlock the car. No one else was home - the other kids had gone with friends overnite so it was just us 2. We managed to get in our bedroom, got the keys and retrieved his. We had 1/4 tank of gas left!

Months after that, my work had sent me for training to Atlanta for 2 weeks. I got a phone call from DH telling me he locked his keys (all of them - house and car) in the bedroom and could I express mail my house keys to him. I did. But he wonders why I'm so paranoid about "do you have your keys, cause I don't have mine today".

Now I try to have pants with pockets or take my keys with me.....just in case. Told him that if I die before him, to put my set of keys in my urn so he could get them if he locked himself out
post #16 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by u8myufo View Post
If your car can be opened and locked via a remote key fob, always have somebody keep a spare key. This does work, but not on every model of car. Phone that person up using your mobile phone and get them to hold down the button of the key close to the mouthpiece on their phone for about ten seconds. If you hold your mobile phone close to the car it will sometimes open it. No this is not a joke, but like I say it does not work on every car.
http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/keyless.asp
post #17 of 22
I've locked myself out of the house only once and that was right after my father's death so I was a little frazzled.

When I first started carrying keys, I created this habit that the keys were in my hand when I closed a door. It has saved me from accidentally locking the keys in the trunk (putting the keys down while I load it). I was always too paranoid to leave a running car unattended so that was never a problem.
post #18 of 22
Yep. I'm guilty. My DH and I were at his dentist appointment and as soon as we shut the doors I realized my purse was in there with the keys. I don't have a cell phone so had to use the receptionist's phone and call Triple A in front of everyone in the waiting room. How embarrassing! Luckily I had Triple A and it didn't cost me a cent. It's worth it!
post #19 of 22
I have, so now I keep a valet key in my wallet.

Although, I don't think my current car will let me lock the car unless I do it from the clicker, which has my keys attached
post #20 of 22
That is one reason I never started my vehicles to warm up as I was afraid of locking them in the running vehicle.

We keep a house key hidden outside too.

The only problem we had was last fall when we got back from a mini vacation we couldn't get the other garage service door open so Neil had to get a sledgehammer and break off the door knob. We have plenty of keys for that building now!!
post #21 of 22
several times! Last time I locked keys in anywhere though, I locked my house keys inside the apartment!!
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
Glad to know I am not the only one!! I remember the funniest time (it wasn't funny at the time but it is now) was on our honeymoon and we locked the keys in the car. We had to call and pay someone to come unlock it for us and the guy came and he was in a really bad mood and was swearing and not very nice to us. It took him a whole 15 seconds to unlock it for us! Then we had to pay him like $45 so I am not sure why he was so mad about it! We should have been the ones who were mad but we just laughed about it!
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