I've worked in the motorcycle industry for a while. I've heard ridiculous claims of something called a "skeleton key" which could turn any ignition to "on".

Does something like this really exist? Is it purely for dealership purposes?

Are there make specific skeleton keys?

Skeleton keys for automobiles or skeleton keys depending on the style ignition?

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    There used to be such things for cars, but not a universal key. They used to only make so many different keys (something along the lines of 16 different cuts is what I remember). You could go out to a parking lot and put your key in and have a pretty good probability it would start a car. These days I can almost assure you there isn't such a thing. Could you imagine the liability a manufacturer would have if one of those keys got out to the public? I just don't think it would happen. This is all speculation though, thus the comment. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jun 26 '15 at 15:21
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    @gh0st - Check this listing for which cars use chipped keys. The list is very extensive. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jun 26 '15 at 17:10
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    just speculation but you may be thinking of a "shaved key". Some older models of certain car brands Honda and Nissan come to mind used very fine cut keys. Meaning they had many small undulations (high and low spots) on the keys. As the lock cylinders wore, along with the key any key that was very worn would turn the cylinder providing it was the correct blank. As @Steve Mathews has stated that issue has been negated by keys with chips. – mikes Jun 26 '15 at 21:08
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    @Paulster2 An acquaintance of mine had that type of keyless entry system on a Renault, but soon lost the fob down a storm drain. She was not amused by the cost to replace it. – ALAN WARD Jun 27 '15 at 7:09
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    Okay, would one of you goofballs please turn one or more of these comments into an answer?! – Bob Cross Dec 23 '15 at 19:52

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