Car Contest Flyer

I got one of those “see if your key starts the car and you drive it home” contest flyers.  But I couldn’t make heads or tails of it:

"Come and try your key or the key may win you a new 2010 Camaro!"

"Come and try your key or the key may win you a new 2010 Camaro!"

#1 That key ain’t startin’ shit.  Car keys don’t have a single dimple down the middle, single-layer teeth made of metal so soft that the mailman can bend it just by sticking the flyer in the box, or cheap flimsy plastic heads that aren’t even glued on.

#2.  The ad implies that you can either try your key (for some unknown purpose) or the key may somehow (through unexplained means) win you a new 2010 Camaro.  It doesn’t state that those two conditions are mutually exclusive but it does imply it.

I think I know what they mean but WTF?  Who wrote this?


  1. #1 by Joshua on July 12, 2010 - 11:24 AM

    Not to mention that everything on this flyer says “Dear Valued Customer” but nobody at this address has ever even owned a Chevrolet, yet alone bought one from Andrew Chevrolet.

  2. #2 by Phillip on July 12, 2010 - 11:53 AM

    Every domestic car I’ve dealt with for the past, at least, 10 years has had that dimple. I actually got the same key thing, and I had a couple keys laying around for cars that are no longer here and they’re about as malleable as my contest key.

    I caught #2 right away. But, if you still have the ad, notice how one of the prizes is $1000. If you read the fine print, it’s $10000. And, the up to 50% off, well, as a general rule of thumb, every 3 years a vehicles valuation drops by half, and their example is an 05 Tahoe which MSRPed for $46750 and is now $23375. It SHOULD be about $15000.

    • #3 by Joshua on July 12, 2010 - 12:07 PM

      Have A dimple down the side, yes. But it’s not symmetric, at least on any key I’ve seen. One side is indented slightly above the other, enabling the key to be used in either orientation. The contest key has a parallel indentation on both sides.

      • #4 by Phillip on July 12, 2010 - 12:41 PM

        Oh, that way. My contest key has it offset ever so slightly, but not as much as a real GM key, nor as deep.

        With that said, I think there are companies that have a dimple right down the middle. I THINK Honda/Acura does, and the BMWs I’ve driven looked parallel, though they may have been offset.

  3. #5 by ottomadenedamotto on July 14, 2010 - 12:32 AM

    Obviously, this was written by Chinese gold/xp farmers.

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