A Simple, Lightweight Mod to Your Key Card for Valets

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  1. John

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    I wanted a simple way to mod the key card I carry in my Model 3 so that it could be carried in my wallet and hung up by parking valets on a key hook. What I settled on is a simple self-adhesive hanger.

    The hanger has a few nice qualities:

    1. Cheap
    2. Lightweight
    3. Can still be tucked in a wallet (hook has a fold line)
    4. Hangs up if necessary
    5. Can be removed

    Cost was a few cents each on Amazon. There are various styles. I chose an open-hook design for versatility (can be added behind other keys on the hook).

    Here's the copy I keep in my car:


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    Great idea!

    Hey what’s the red card?
     
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    That’s the roadside assistance info card.
     
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    Clever! But I only see packages of 200 - 1000 on Amazon. Want to send me a few? :)
     
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    Best I could find was $8 for 100. Group buy?

     
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    Sure. Anyone who lives in the US that asks can get a couple. Just send your mailing address to me at cardhook@jollylogic.com. My treat.
     
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    Wait - you keep this in your car?!? So if someone breaks into your car, they have your key to be able to drive away? I hope you put it in a very non-obvious spot (ie. not in the center console). :oops: Inside the glove compartment, maybe?
     
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    The fact that it's a thin card makes it eminently hide-able. The more you think about the nature of the card, the more places you can think of to hide it.

    I even thought of several games that could be played:

    1. Hide one card in a place that can't be found in 5 minutes of searching
    2. Hide any number of cards, but your score is the percentage another person can find in 15 minutes
    3. Hide any number of cards; your score is how many aren't found in 15 minutes
    4. Hide 5 cards, one of which is not programmed into the car; searcher HAS to try one key from those they find, their choice, but hider wins if it's the bogus one or only one key is found; searcher wins if the key works or they find all five keys

    #4 is my favorite, because there's a little psychology involved in terms of influencing which key the searcher tries based on where you hide it.
     
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    Sorry, the shorter answer is that yes, it's hidden, the family can easily access it when needed, and no one else is going to find it in any reasonable amount of thieving time, if ever.
     
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    Here's what I've been using and spent $9 on Amazon. It definitely keeps the card safe since its a hard case and does not bend. IMG_1129.jpg IMG_1128.jpg Its been to good use already since my car has been in different shops getting work done.
     
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    Can you provide a link to the one you bought? That infographic is great too!
     
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    #12 Josh Laase, May 10, 2018
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    I bought this one on Amazon to use. It was only $5 after tax.
     
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    I was using one of many plastic wallets from various conferences but this is a much cleaner solution. Thanks John!
     
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    Did you create that info card yourself? Mind passing along a pdf? Super helpful for valets I'm sure.
     
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    Thanks for posting that John!
    I’m going to put it to use.
     
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    Received your gift in the mail a couple of days before the car arrived, John. Thank you for the very kind gesture. You're a mensch!
     

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