In order to solve this dilemma and to get my car back, I contacted the Kia dealer and ordered a new key and fob. It has arrived, and it wasn’t cheap. In a few days, Ben has an appointment to get the key cut and programmed.
In the meantime, I had noticed a new machine at my local Kroger store that would make any kind of key. I decided to try to get a normal key made for the car, just the key and not the fob. I took the blade of Ben’s key to the store with me, and shoved it in the machine. It measured the key and informed me that it required special work, so it would be mailed to me. That was fine. Then all I had to do was get the blade of the key out of the slot in the machine. That was easier said than done. On the second try, the blade simply disappeared into the machine.
I had to call the service number on the machine and explain what had happened. Sure enough, a service person would have to come and retrieve it. They promised to let me know when that had been done, and would leave the key at the Customer Service desk. After 24 hours, I emailed them to inquire. No answer. Finally I phoned the Kroger store and sure enough, it was ready for me to pick up.
So, now I have the broken fob and blade. The “simple” key is due to come in the mail in a day or so, and the new fob and blade will be in use about Wednesday. Of course, it is a holiday weekend, so there’s no telling when the key will arrive. I hope it is soon because Tuesday, I have a full day of stuff to do, and I want my car back. The things we do for our children…