After our initial 27 day wait for a replacement key to arrive the saga still continues. When we eventually received our replacement firstly they only provided one key and not a set of keys so we are having to be extra extra cautious with it (although I did accidentally leave it in my handbag on the back of a chair in the campsite bar earlier this week when we went indoors whoops). Secondly the key they provided was what is known as the dumb or secondary key.
We obviously therefore still needed a master/smart key for the vehicle. As we were heading towards Barcelona we obtained a list of dealers there so that we could visit and hopefully make ourselves understood enough to be able to order one. Our 1st attempt failed as the dealer didn’t have large enough access for our vehicle and so off we went to number 2 on our list. The access was still very tight but not impossible and with the help of google translate and Danny there who spoke a few words of English we managed to get one ordered on 1st June. He confirmed that it would be with them the following Monday 6th June so we paid the 222 euros and planned to stay around Barcelona until it arrived.
When Monday came we telephoned Danny to confirm everything was OK and he told us that the key hadn’t yet arrived. After our previous 27 day wait we decided not to hang around and continue up the coast a short way with the intention of back tracking when its there.
Eight more days have since passed and several repeat calls to the dealer have confirmed that the new master key has still not arrived! This morning the very helpful receptionist at our campsite called on our behalf, the result of the conversation was pretty much well you are in Spain and this is how it is here.
So we are playing the waiting game but have now given them a deadline of 22nd June as by then we want to be heading further north towards France. Watch this space ………….