It is not often that we get to discuss myths and legends here as that is not something that tends to occur in the world of cars. But, there certainly are legends that are worth discussing. One such legend is the legend of a Honda master key.
But what exactly is a Honda master key (or master key in general) and how plausible are they? Could such a thing exist and if it can exist, does that lend any credibility to the idea that a Honda master key exists? If you are not sure you are sure as heck about to find out. Here is everything you could need to know about master keys, skeleton keys, and the concept/reality of there being a Honda master key.
What Is A Master Key?
The idea of a master key is not something new, or even new to cars, and has been around for just about as long as there have been locks on doors, chests, safes, etc. The idea is that one special key would have the ability to unlock any door no matter the tumblers in the internal locking mechanism.
This idea has historically been referred to as a skeleton key and holds some place in mythology and folklore, though not in the capacity of cars. A Honda master key could, in theory, open any Honda car door in the world regardless of where it was made and manufactured and no matter who owned it. If you think that sounds preposterous, well, that’s because it is. But we will get into the legality, practicality, and functionality of what a master key would be slightly further ahead in the article.
What Is A Skeleton Key?
Before we take a deeper dive into the plausibility of a Honda master key, we should first briefly discuss what on earth a skeleton key is as the skeleton key is where this whole ordeal started. Now, we mentioned before that skeleton keys come from folklore and while that is true it does give a false impression that they are therefore not real.
When in reality they certainly are/were. It is estimated that there have been locks on doors for about 4000 years and skeleton keys for just slightly less than that. If we imagine the concept of a lock as tumblers/pins that need to be pushed in with the prongs on a key there is naturally a very clear issue. How can a skeleton key fit every door? It doesn’t.
What it actually does is be as sharp and vague a shape as possible so that with some jiggling and brute force it can fit as many doors as possible. Roman soldiers used to use skeleton keys to loot and pillage their conquests. When locks were not quite as advanced.
Is There A Honda Master Key?
When locks were not as complex as the ones used by Honda, sure, a skeleton key made sense. It would not open every door but it could open most, if not many. Honda uses secure highly specific key/lock designs that would not translate to being operable by a skeleton key. So no, there are NO Honda master keys.
Whether that is something that brings you relief as you don’t need to worry about someone simply unlocking your car and driving it away, or whether that disappoints you because you find the idea of a Honda master key fascinating, there is no debate about the truth of that matter so you better make your peace with reality. If we all consider the practicality of a skeleton key, we will all come to the only sane conclusion that a Honda master key would be an awful invention for consumer rights.
Why Is There Not A Honda Master Key?
Ignore the legality of a Master key there is also the problem of manufacturing a key that fits every lock. Each lock is slightly different just as each key is slightly different, one key cannot open more than one lock despite them only being marginally different in some dimensions. To create a master key, it would have to somehow have two sets of tumblers/pins within the locking mechanism that would be the same for every car.
This is highly implausible and would be very expensive to create. Additionally, electronic keys that are chipped to hold one code would require that the master key possess every chip code and relay them all one by one until the car is finally unlocked. The car’s locking system would also need to be “looking” for two separate codes at all times to know whether it was being unlocked by the actual key or a “master key”.
Is A Master Key Legal?
The concept of a master key is an interesting one. In part because the legality of such an invention would create extreme controversy within the car and automotive sphere but also within the consumer rights sphere. Should the government be given a key that could unlock every house door? No. Should Honda be allowed to have a key that could unlock your car and drive it away with no warning? Again, no. Versions of master keys for vehicles do exist (not for every single vehicle, mind you) and they are extremely illegal.
Could Just Anyone Create A Honda Master Key?
Because the manufacturing of master keys is illegal, there is some evidence to suggest that it could be done in theory though it would likely require some expert mechanical and coding knowledge that rules out everyday people. Additionally, you would probably need to work at Honda to have access to all of their codes/lock patterns to be in with a chance of replicating the modern-day skeleton key.
Hopefully, you now have a great understanding of what master keys are and why a Honda master key is so clearly not a real thing. The complex nature of having so many unique lock and key combinations means that a skeleton key would have so many vastly different shapes and sizes to fit that it simply couldn’t be possible.