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Q: What keys should I have?

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What keys should I have?

A: Your car should have come with three keys (...

Your car should have come with three keys (but two different types of keys). Here’s what you should know:

  1. You should have two master keys. These are smart keys that include both a mechanical key (the shaft) and a remote.

  2. You should have one valet key, which does not include any remote functions.

  3. You should also have a key number tag that must be used when you buy new/replacement keys for the car.

Tips

  • All three keys are tied into your car’s immobilizer system.

  • The valet key should be used for valeting the car or for other situations where you do * not want to let someone use the master key.

  • Don’t leave any key in direct sunlight or expose it to high temperatures.

  • Don’t get your keys wet – it can damage the electronics inside.

  • If your key doesn’t work, it will need to be reprogrammed.

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