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What is the valet key for?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Hardcorehehaw, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:42 PM
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    Hardcorehehaw

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    What exactly is the valet key for?
    Normally, a valet key is used to unlock and start the vehicle only while keeping any lockable compartments secure, correct?

    Well I just double checked and I'm pretty sure neither my center console or my glove box locks, so what is the point of the valet key?
     
  2. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:47 PM
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    stratton

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    I keep that key in my wallet, And the extra real key hidden inside my truck. If i ever lose my keys I can still drive home, or if i ever lock my keys in the car its not a problem either. Since the valet key is thin I cant notice it in my wallet. Then again I have a "Costanza" wallet.
     
  3. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:48 PM
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    DanGer

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    Or if you are my mother, after a stern warning how flimsy it is, you got a break it off in the door
     
  4. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:49 PM
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    Hardcorehehaw

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    I read that in another thread when I searched about it and was wondering if it's supposed to be slimmer than the other keys... but mine isn't.
    It's the exact same size, it's just a lighter color gray. Is your valet key slimmer than the normal one?
     
  5. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:50 PM
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  6. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:51 PM
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    Thanks for derailing the topic after only 4 posts, way to go...:rolleyes:
     
  7. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:51 PM
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    I think I read that another key can't be programmed from the chip in a valet key, you need the black master key​
     
  8. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:52 PM
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    mine is like yours... gray and the same size... :thumbsup:

    (that's what she said...)
     
  9. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:54 PM
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    How do you fit that thing in your wallet?
     
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    Did anyone get a credit card key?

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  11. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:55 PM
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    The valet.
     
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  12. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:58 PM
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    I use mine to lock the truck while its running when its cold out or I am running in a store really fast and not shutting the truck off.
     
  13. Feb 22, 2009 at 6:58 PM
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    Why not just give him your key or the spare key?
    Why do they have to color code it if it isn't any different than a normal key?
     
  14. Feb 22, 2009 at 7:01 PM
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    Color coding, so you know it's the valet and don't confuse it.

    Valet key only allows certain functions. I don't use it but on other vehicles where I've had one, it wouldn't allow access to to the trunk, for example.

    Honestly, on these trucks, I don't see the point of it.
     
  15. Feb 22, 2009 at 7:01 PM
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    Nope.
     
  16. Feb 22, 2009 at 7:02 PM
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    What else can my normal key do besides unlocking the door and starting the vehicle?
     
  17. Feb 22, 2009 at 7:02 PM
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    ^I edited.
     
  18. Feb 22, 2009 at 7:04 PM
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    I like the edit.... :D
     
  19. Feb 22, 2009 at 7:07 PM
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    I saw... Our trucks don't have anything else that locks, so like you I don't see the point in it.

    When the salesman handed me the key and explained it's purpose, he led me to believe the center console and/or glove box can be locked. I've only had the truck for a day now and was trying to figure out if there is a reason for a valet key (maybe some top secret compartment i don't know about, lol) or if the salesman was mistaken.
     
  20. Feb 22, 2009 at 7:11 PM
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    The Black key is the master key and can be used to program another key, the gray valet key cannot
     
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