Reply to post: Hire cars are a mixed blessing

Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

Jason Bloomberg Silver badge

Hire cars are a mixed blessing

Bring back those happy days when any Ford key would open any Ford :)

The worst experiences I have had with hire cars is when the bastards have swapped the indicator and washer stalks to be opposite of what I'm used to. Bet I'm not the only one.

I once ended up stuck with a Renault which would not start after accidentally touching the door lock button after putting the keys in the ignition. It took ages to figure out the exact magical sequence to turn off the immobiliser. The rapidly growing queue in the petrol station, horns and obscenities, did nothing to aid clear thinking.

I also had to embarrassingly call a hire company when I needed to change a blown tyre. Could find the spare and the jack but not where they had hidden the wheel brace.

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