by Kelly Aguilar
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With limited use options, the service key is an accessory offered by some automakers on various models. It provides some functionality while making storage security available to the vehicle owner because it will not open all the locks.
The valet service key “… works only in the ignition and door locks” according to a web-based service training guide published by Honda of Canada. The vehicle can be driven with the valet key.
According to a statement on the ARC Forensics website, “… the Valet key, is designed and cut to work specific locks on a specific vehicle, that is, the ignition and door locks only and not the glove box and door locks. cover”. A typical valet key opens the driver’s entry door manually and does not have a remote open and lock feature.
While providing security for valuable or private items in the glove compartment, center console, or trunk when a vehicle is in the possession of someone other than its owner, the valet key has potentially negative impacts. A valet key can give a false sense of security as compartments that cannot be accessed with a valet key are sometimes easily opened. Additionally, an owner using the vehicle with only the valet key may encounter a time when they need to access a locked compartment and cannot.