Fast forward to last weekend and I was not so delighted when my nine-year-old son went walkabouts with the fob - and returned without it.
Warned by family and friends that a replacement wouldn’t come cheap, I braced myself for a shock when I phoned the garage on Monday.
‘‘Best check if you can find the spare before we order a new one,’’ was the helpful reply. ‘‘It wouldn’t be the first time someone’s spent a fortune only for it to turn up the next day.’’
A fortune? What were we talking about? £100? £200?
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‘‘I’ll call you back with the price,’’ said the salesman.
A few hours later the phone rang. ‘‘We’ve managed to get you a knockdown price,’’ he said. ‘‘It should have been £480 but we can do it for £420.’’
£420 for a key that isn’t acually a key! What has happened to the world? Timpsons used to be able to knock them out for a fiver a time.
Needless to say the order hasn’t been placed yet.
I’ve resolved not to be one of those people who finds the fob the day after buying a replacement so the house is curently in a state of chaos as I empty drawers, turn out cupboards and rifle through pockets of long-forgotten coats in a desparate bid to locate the spare.
No joy so far, but if the prize at the end is to have the best part of £500 staying in my bank account I’ll be looking for a bit longer yet!