I think you will be fine giving the whole keyfob unless the key opens something than just the door on our Insight. The Accord also has a hidden trunk lock switch behind the locked glovebox.Has anyone left their car with a valet yet... and if so, did you leave the whole fob (with internal/metal key in place) or did you remove the key?
I'm thinking that since the Insight's internal key doesn't lock the glove compartment like on the Accord, there's no value to or need for removing the key before handing over to valet. Am I thinking about this correctly?
Thanks. Without a glovebox lock nor trunk lock on the Insight, the physical key only works to lock/unlock the exterior doors (or open/close the windows/moonroof using same key point and holding). So I guess it makes sense that there's no security benefit to removing the physical key before handing fob over to valet.I think you will be fine giving the whole keyfob unless the key opens something than just the door on our Insight. The Accord also has a hidden trunk lock switch behind the locked glovebox.
...it seems like equivalent risk as in 'old school' cars where keyed transmissions/doors were the standard, and those physical keys were left behind with the valet. However now with the Insight, even if the physical key were copied, it would 'only' unlock the doors. To start the car, the key fob would need to be copied/coded.I wouldn't want the physical key to be so easily available to be copied
The B-B-O aside, I have my parking brake set to engage automatically. One only needs to press the accelerator, and it will disengage. If the seat-belt is not put on, the car will tell you to do that first via the DII. Let's face it, the Insight is smart enough to tell the driver what they need to do. I wouldn't be concerned about valet parking mine (with the exception of the valet getting worse gas mileage than I do).why add to the complexity by setting the parking brake? chances are that they messed with your seat adjustment, poked the D, and apathetically parked it between an Altima and some sort of AWD high-seating-position GM thing. you're worst fear should be that they left behind some sort of smell.
I think push button start is becoming more common on new cars. Less common is our push button gear selector, but it's well labeled and I think a valet could figure it out.That one time I went to Manhattan to park at an underground garage, I was concerned about whether the attendant would know how to turn the car on/ off and I certainly did not explain the process to him when I handed him the car key (as his English was terrible to begin with).
I have no idea whether he might have done something wrong, as I didn't/ haven't noticed anything different about the car and its ignition since that time. Any experiences/ thoughts about this issue?