I was reading some posts and came upon this old one of mine, so I thought I'd kind of update. The MH was sold last summer and we're without right now. We're kind of stuck in between where we can't take off for any amount of time b/c the youngest is just 17 and has track in the spring and mandatory football camps all summer. Don't fell comfortable leaving him home alone for any length of time, I envision a teen age party house while we're gone!! I guess it's a few more years until we can get back to it. Looking forward to grand kids!!!!
I have a good friend who is a locksmith. He has dropped all the ERS affiliations, since he has had a bunch of problems with re-imbursement. It is very possible that local locksmith will only respond to calls where the customer will pay on the spot. BTW, it is rapidly becoming impossible for a locksmith to actually cut functioning ignition keys. They almost all now have electronic chips that can only be programmed by the dealer. Furthermore, many keys are now not cut in the traditional method, but instead use keys where there are grooves cut into a flat bar of metal, again requiring very expensive machinery, then they still need to be programmed by the dealer to start the rig. Finally, more and more cars are using pure electronic keys, either the proximity key or the little electronic fob that plug in without any traditional key at all. A good locksmith can still break into your car or RV, but the days of them being able to make you a key to replace one that was lost is about gone.
Lots of bad info here about getting keys made for vehicles. I work at a Locksmith and we do car work.
Yes, Honda's and some others use what are called "Laser cut" keys. They are not laser cut but milled, yes the machine is about $7K. They are about $70-$90 to copy and program but there are many locksmiths who do it every day.
As far as most cars, Walmart and ACE Hardware sell and cut what are called clone keys for $45-$50. As long as you have a working key, they will cut and program one and it will work with your car; no programming required.
We charge $70 to copy and add the key (or remote) to your car with our portable car ECU programmer. Many cars will let you add a 3rd or 4th key and/or remote to your car yourself (read your owners manual). Do that before you lose your keys and save some headache and money.
As far as only being programmed by the dealer, that is just not true. Maybe some cars like BMW or Saab, but most Asian and US cars can be programmed by alomost any locksmith that does car work.
BTW, you can buy clonable transponder keys online for about the same price as locksmiths pay and most locksmiths will cut and program it for $25-$35. We do. Try iKeyless or keylessride.com or Ebay.
Very helpful info. Thanks. I too thought you had to go through the dealer.
How about this....rather than a class C for that price, can you find a decent pickup and truck camper on top??? Then you could pull a small Uhaulwith your stuff. Just a thought, but I do wish you the best of luck and hope everything works out for you. Good Luck
I wouldn't suggest you try to repo it. You have relinquished ownership of it when you signed the DMV papers at the dealership. The only ones who can repo it is the bank....they have the security interest in it. You need to take the legal route now. As well as make a lot of noise. Tell them you're coming down there with a TV crew from a local station....want to bet you get it paid off quickly then!!
Looks like $5/gal gas is here in CA with possible $6/gal in a week......wonderful:(
Seems we are running out of the summer blend gas as refineries switch over to production of the winter blend. :E Problem is, they can't sell the winter blend until Oct 21st and there isn't enough summer blend left to last that long. They are saying we may have stations closing. Our local Costco stopped selling gas yesterday.
The California Independent Oil Marketers Association has requested a variance from the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board which will allow them to sell the winter grade gas earlier.
Now according to the Board..."We are evaluating that in conjunction with the California Energy Commission, who are the ones that take stock of inventory around the state,"
"There are certain steps to go through, and a decision will depend on how quickly the information is gathered."
That's beaurocractic speak for "don't expect anything to be done quickly" :M
This******will never end!!
I didn't get ANYTHING from your income tax. There are no tax incentives on the standard Prius Hybrid. AND even if there was, it would be a tax deduction I could use when I filed, just like any other deduction you would claim on your taxes that you qualified for.
The Plug-in Prius has a tax incentive, but the vehicle is over $10K more than the regular Prius, so not really worth it.
You may not like the cars, but I fail to see why you put out so much effort in bashing those who buy them. Heck, it's not you're money....move on :h
well in fact it is my money, about $7,000 for every one sold?
Not for my Prius it isn't. You gonna tell me you know where every tax dollar you pay goes?
As for global warming, you can argue either side until you're red in the face....all I know is over the last 15-20 yrs, cars have gotten cleaner and the air quality has improved tremendously. It's not wacky science, it's a fact. We don't have any where near the number bad air quality days. You can SEE the differnce on a daily basis.
Here in So Cal, there are a large number of hybrids on the road. In 2011, Toyota announced it has sold its one-millionth Prius in the US, with sales over 170,000 in that year alone. Hybrid cars I'm sure you "read somewhere" that very few hybrid owners would buy again. That may be true for earlier versions, but all you need to do is go on one of the online forums and read. The PriusChat forum has a bunch of 2nd and 3rd time buyers and happy owners.
There is now an Artic Fox/Nash dealer in CA.....Family RV. They have a location in Ontario, CA (just west of Riverside).
I was at the Pomona RV show that the Northwood rep was there. He stated that because they have such a limited dealer network, if you live too far away, you can have a local dealer that you trust contact Northwood ahead of time and they will set it up so that you can get warranty service through that dealer. But, from what I have read in owner's forum and here, you don't have too much of a need for a dealer after purchase....they are really quality built. Their website has some good info on their construction.
Glad you are the one in three hybrid owners who would buy a second hybrid. I thought they were all environmentalist. Economically, when all factors taken into account, they make no sense even with taxpayers footing the bill. It is a rapidly changing technology and today's hybrids will soon be as outdated as a decade old cell phone.
Sorry that you have such a narrow-minded view of hybrids. NO, we're not ALL environmentalists and of course today's hybrid will be outdated soon. You can say that about everything that is made today...computers, TVs, cell phones. Technology is changing faster than anytime in history, but what are we suppose to do, not buy anything because new technology may/will come along?????
I thought I read that there is a more powerful charger that can do it in a shorter time, maybe 1-2 hours, and possibly a dealer might have such a thing???
a while back there was an article on the use of some "green" funds in Maryland to put in a charger at a winery. yep, folks generally go to a winery and spend 4-8 hours touring/drinking/etc. what a foolish waste IMHO.
Yeah, there is a rapid charger that takes about 1-2 hrs, but you're right....who wants to sit around even that long. I don't see the electric vehicles catching on until battery technology improves significantly.
As for the winery, sounds like the state is extending an invitation to drink and drive:h But it's business...if you've ever been to NAPA Valley on busy summer weekends, the lanes have cones directing you to the different wineries, and I've seen police directing traffic. You can hit dozens of free wine tasting tours in a matter of a few hours, all while driving back and forth. :S
I just boutht a 2012 Prius due to my long (160 mile round trip) daily drive. I must say I'm impressed at how the car drives, handles and it has great pick up. It's not a sport sedan and I wasn't looking for that. As for them not being around long, this is the 3rd generation of the Prius and I read that Toyota sold over 16,000 in the month of July alone.