Get in car. Turn on ignition. Engine turns over but doesn't fire. Try a few times. Get out spare charger battery. Same thing.. Call the rescue guy.
Rescue guy baffled. Fails for 40 minutes, Gets out the trailer bar on his van and drags my car to the nearest gage.
Car is hooked up to computer which says the key is wrong. The garage owner says the chip in the key can malfunction and sends a signal to the car's computer not to start up the engine.
Cost of diagnosis: £86.
My spare key works fine. I go to the garage where I bought the car and am told: "Sometimes the programming slips off the chip".
Mental image of all those 0s and 1s sliding away in a trail to oblivion,.
Can you please slip the programming back on the chip?
Yes - it usually costs about £150.
For £86 + £150 I could have bought a half-decent case of Bordeaux.