Steve Jones - SSC Editor wrote:
Just FYI, there are some good third parties selling keys for much less, and then more and more locksmiths are avaialble to program. Often reduces that dealer $350 to something more-though-still-outrageously reasonable like $150.
I wouldn't pay anything like $150 for keys, neither in Britain nor in Spain. That goes for house keys (various doors and safe cupboards) and for car keys.
I had one bad "lost" key event earlier this year. The keys for my Spanish house were in a key holder in my jacket pocket. I had dinner in a restaurant that I visit quite often, and when i sat down i hung my jacket on the back of my chair. After eating I drank some more wine, and then (at about 11;00pm) went off to a bar that was half way between that restaurant and my house because (a) I wanted to hear some Irish music, which would be going strong in that bar until about 2 am, and (b) I get a discount on the price of wine as someone who sang along with that bar's lead singer in its early years as an Irish bar (and I had been the only singer who sang Irish songs in Irish during the first year or two) - but I had a plane to catch (to get back to the UK) the next morning so I left there at about 12:30 at which pont I noticed that I didn't have my jacket. So I hurried back down to the restaurant in the harbour, but of course it was shut and no-one was there. Doom and disaster - imposible to get into my house, so impossible to take my flight (passport locked securely in a safe in my securely locked house, also my boarding pass). Then wonderful luck: next door but one to the restaurant (in another restaurant) there were people (who worked there, maybe the owners there) who knew both the owners of the restaurant I had been at and me, and they came to find out way I was trying to contact a restaurant that had been shut for two hours. Once I told them my problem, they rang the people who could fix it, and fairly quickly two people from the resaturant turned up with keys, opened up the restaurant to get my jacket from the secure area in which it had been placed when they realised I wan't going to be back before they went home, and then they insisted on giving me a lift home so that I would be able to get decent amount of sleep before having to set out for the airport.
That the Spanish population of Lanzarote have seemed to me mostly to act like that is probably why I Iiked it enough to go house-hunting there when I wanted to find somewhere with a decent winter climate for my wife way back 20 years go. It took us about 5 years to find a place we wanted to buy (and that was couple of mile from the area we originally aimed at) but when I retired after another 5 years) it became our main home, with our British house definitely second not first.
It's rather sad that if our American prime minister (Boris Johnson is American, but he renounced his American citizenship and took up British citizenship as part of a clever tax evasion excercise so now he claims to be English - no Scot or Welsh or Irish person would imaginable call him British) is now doing his best to wreck the British economy in order to maximise (as reported by his sister) the profits that his friends (and preumably himself) will make from betting that the pound will go down because the British economy will inevitably crash when his desired no-deal Brexit takes place; the US Congress has already declared that it will actively prevent any trade deals with the UK unless there is a Brexit deal that adequately covers the Irish borders issue, and it's clear that Jobnson has nothing even remotely viable to suggest about that issue.