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      11-04-2011, 08:00 PM   #23
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Maybe I'm just paranoid.
Ya think?
I have left my key in my car in my garage for 3 years and have had no problems. It has gone for days or even a week several times without starting it. Have changed the key battery a couple of times, which is about what I would expect. Have had no problems with the car battery.
As far as security, I can't see what the concern would be. If my attached garage is closed and locked (It always is) and part of my house security system, how is the key any more secure in the house rather than in the garage?
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      11-04-2011, 09:43 PM   #24
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Just a really bad idea. Like several people have already stated if your keys are stored inside the car you better read your car ins policy thoroughly because if it gets stolen while the keys are inside the car they won't payout. This should be reason enough to store your keys in the house even if the garage has a security system.
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      11-04-2011, 09:55 PM   #25
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Why not just push that little BMW roundel on the fob once when you get out of the car and then carry the keys with you to your house, they're really not that heavy and i'm sure your garage is fairly close to your house so no great distance for you to carry them.
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      11-05-2011, 01:01 AM   #26
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Leaving the key in the car will drain the battery, and maybe permanent damage. It happened when the morons at the mechanic left my M5 key in the car for a couple of days. The car ended up needing a new battery after a couple of weeks because it got totally drained, and wouldn't charge correctly anymore.
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      11-05-2011, 01:40 AM   #27
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OK, I'll put it on the counter in the kitchen exactly 10 feet away. That'll make a difference.
And I guess I've been dreaming that it's been 3 years and I haven't had any battery problems.
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      11-05-2011, 02:23 AM   #28
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It's illegal in Maryland.
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i leave my keys in the car in while in the garage. but i don't have comfort access so no battery drain. one of the few benefits of not having comfort access
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      11-05-2011, 09:06 AM   #30
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Car locked and keys with me or in house when parked. Not worth the chance in my mind anyways... Guess would depend on how secure you feel your neighborhood is.
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      11-07-2011, 09:43 AM   #31
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You're right, this is something I've thought about from time to time. I figure if they're going through two gates and a locked house/garage they'd find the keys anyway.





I've never truly given it much thought. It's what my parents did when I was growing up, and it's what I've ended up doing. I do worry about leaving a car unlocked away from home, but so far I've never done it.

I know someone who had a car stolen from their garage using the keys that were in the house. I would look at this in a similar fashion. Of course if I'm wrong, it would be a pricey lesson.



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The difference is that the insurance company will cover it if your keys are stolen out of your house; most that I know of wont cover it if the keys are in your car.

This is just like how many insurance policies wont pay out if you die or get injured in a car crash if you weren't wearing your seat belt.

I sleep with my key fob under my pillow!
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I lock all bimmers, take key inside house and hide the keys in a lock box that's also hidden. Garage has 4 motion sensors as well. Trust no one.
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Why not just push that little BMW roundel on the fob once when you get out of the car and then carry the keys with you to your house, they're really not that heavy and i'm sure your garage is fairly close to your house so no great distance for you to carry them.
THIS^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Been saying it for years. Keys are NOT THAT DAMN HEAVY!!!! Stop being LAZY and carry your keys with you.
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