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I have a new 2012 Rav4 and I want to have a hide out key somewhere outside the car. The valet key will start the engine and should work for this.

What I'm wondering is if the transponder in the Valet key will survive the temperature changes of being outside and keep working over the years. A hide out key that doesn't work when I, or my wife, really need it is a poor solution.
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Would it be a good idea to remove the battery before storing it under the car (in a padded, waterproof box)?

If the battery is not removed, then someone could open the door, no?
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Would it be a good idea to remove the battery before storing it under the car (in a padded, waterproof box)?

If the battery is not removed, then someone could open the door, no?
He is talking about hiding the VALET key, which has no battery, and no remote.

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I have one hidden in a magnet box somewhere under the car

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You could do the magnet contraption - best thing is a zip tie, it won't come off even when you decide to go off-road. Twist off when required, just a thought
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Some people hide it INSIDE the car and carry a plastic credit card key in their wallet.

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I did not get a valet key with the 2011 Limited - just two standard keys.
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The purpose of hiding a spare key is to get into the vehicle......

I had a spare made from the valet key solely to gain access to a useable spare.... Some say it can't be done but can... I hid the access key up in the rear bumper tube attached to a secure point via a thin tie wrap....that can be tugged free...... Of all the many vehicles I hid a spare key in, I only needed to use the spare once...... It is convenient not having to call road service and wait for assistance..... Or sit inside the vehicle while waiting for help........in the circumstance of a lost smart key

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