Keys Overboard!
Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 4:01PM

Take it from me, there are a LOT of car keys at the bottom of Lake Hartwell!

If you plan on visiting the lake and playing in the water, leave your car keys safely on dry land for a couple of reasons.

1. Modern car keys are electronic and many have a built in remote control to unlock the doors. If it gchances are it will be ruined. They are costly to replace.

2. If you drop your keys into the lake without a floating key chain, then you will need to get a new one before you can drive home.

That's what happened to the owner of this Honda Odyssey. They had no way to get back to Atlanta after a few days at the lake. Once the keys went for a swim they had 2 choices. Tow the car to a dealer or call a locksmith. In this rural area I'm one of very few locksmiths who has the high security key machine and chip key programming equipment required to replace a lost key for this car. It can be expensive especially if, like in this case, I have to drive 3 hours round trip and it is on a weekend or holiday.

Anyway, they were happy to see me and even happier when they heard their car start and run a little while later.

Moral of the story - spare keys are cheap compared to an emergency service call, and - keep your keys on dry land if you are playing in the water!


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