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Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless


I used to have a car alarm / door remote thingy that gave me some trouble so I just uninstalled it; then slammed the door shut and my friend central-locked with the mechanical key from the other side. But my door failed to fully latch, so I opened it back to shut it properly when the alarm went off due to the re-opened door on the locked car. So I stood there utterly discombobulated with the uninstalled alarm in my hand, the ghost of which was also honking like mad in the car... It turns out there was some sort of baseline alarm function built right into the car, by design, based on the door switches and the car horn, in addition to the third-party one I removed - not all that surprising in hindsight, but a thoroughly WTF moment at the time...

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