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Time to take the vehicle to another garage me thinks. They may not be lying but seem on the face of it to be economic with the truth.
Another key definitely won't work - each keycard is individually programmmed when new and then programmed into the car. Additionally it takes specialist equipment to test the card itself and as far as I know such equipment is only available to Renault dealers or a few specialist auto locksmiths.
I would think there is a possibility that the constant twisting of the card due to a duff cardreader has broken something inside the PCB of the card itself.
There is a possibilty of water ingress to the
but considering the history outlined my opinion leans towards a broken keycard.
Take the car to someone who knows what they are doing - Caveat Emptor - Buyer Beware
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Honda Civic 1.4l