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Old 12-22-2013, 01:12 PM   #2371
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A valet key opens the door and starts the car but won't open the glove compartment or trunk. So if you give your key to a valet to park the car he can't open the GC to check for valuables.
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:07 PM   #2372
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A valet key opens the door and starts the car but won't open the glove compartment or trunk. So if you give your key to a valet to park the car he can't open the GC to check for valuables.
My electric trunk popper won't work if a valet key has been used, not until the regular key is put back into the ignition.
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #2373
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I'm not sure what a valet key is. My remote entry key unlocks the vehicle and starts the engine. I don't know if its different with Volvo. Mine is a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid.

I'm glad you didn't get stuck outside!
A valet key is also called the service key, "The service key will operate only the driver's door and the ignition switch. It is intended to help deter unwanted entry into the glove compartment and trunk."

I have to put the physical key into the ignition to start the car.

This is what my keys looks like:



The key part of the master key is on a pivot and flips into the black part. It's a master key that I lost.
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:20 PM   #2374
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My valet key causes the Honda's car alarm to go off. At least when DH tries to open the door with it.
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:44 PM   #2375
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I just checked eBay. For one that fits my model and year, the cheapest one was $88 + shipping. They also say that it might be programmable by the owner, but it might need to be programmed by a locksmith or the dealer. This isn't looking very encouraging.
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:38 AM   #2376
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I used Norton a long time ago and at first, I really liked it. Then it started to be a huge memory hog and slowed down my machine. I think there was something else I didn't like. I got McAfee and really liked it for a while. Eventually found it to be too much of a PITA. I used AVG for quite a while. I heard good stuff about Kaspersky from geeky friends. I don't hate it yet.
When I had AVG on my old machine it was a bl**dy nuisance. It slowed everything down. I have Norton now as it came with my laptop so I renewed it when it expired. People speak unflatteringly about it but it's been OK so far.
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Poo always asks me, "Ma what do you want for......? This year I wanted a cover for my KA. So I went looking. Only Chefs Catalog had them in blue and it was only $19.99. Sears wanted almost $58.00. The prices were all over the place. And one place had it in plastic. What's with that. In six months it would be dry, cracked and brittle. And it cost more than some of the others. The KA site doesn't show the price until you place the order. They will never get my business.
There's a lady on the *Ebay** UK (no use to you, I know) who makes PVC coated fabric covers for kitchen appliances to order. I have black ones with white polka dots to match my new black and white kitchen. She's very reasonable in price and goes to a lot of trouble to get it right. Perhaps there's someone similar on *Ebay* US

**Durr, stupid me I meant *AMAZON*.
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When I had AVG on my old machine it was a bl**dy nuisance. It slowed everything down. I have Norton now as it came with my laptop so I renewed it when it expired. People speak unflatteringly about it but it's been OK so far.
I have heard it has gotten better. It seems to me that a lot of that security/privacy/anti-spam stuff starts out good and then they "improve" it and it becomes a memory hog.
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I phoned the bus companys customer service. They will be getting found stuff between 12h and 13h, so call back after 13h. Sigh.

I checked with the folks on the BrickBoard. It looks like a real PITA if I buy the replacement key on eBay and have to have the key cut and the programmed. Apparently most dealerships want ~ $200 to do that. So, I ordered a new master key. It's gonna cost ~$350 and includes programming. My independent garage, Swedish Auto, has placed the order with Volvo and it comes with the key already cut. They verified that they have the right VIN for my car.
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When one of my Honda keys broke, I looked online to find a fix. Found a really nice guy named Gene, he has several do-it-yourself videos on YouTube about how to fix keys, and has a business. I contacted him, sent him the guts of the broken key, and for $34US, he fixed it! A dealership would have charged me $300+. I think he does Volvo keys too. I know it doesn't help now, Taxy, but for future reference.
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