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I need to disable auto-unlock

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The Chevy Volt 2013 key fob is not waterproof so I can't take it with me when I surf. The other options are to hide it on the car (dumb i know, but we surfers do that all the time) or put it in a lockbox attached to the door handle. But this auto-unlock feature - where the car can be opened if the Fob is anywhere nearby - makes it all impossible (it even activates through the metal and plastic of the lockbox.) I looked in the manual and there were vague allusions to disabling some parts of the fob but i followed the instructions and absolutely nothing changed. I admit this could be pilot error. I think there must be a way to disable it, but it sure is complicated.

I looked at the fob so I could pull out the battery. Couldn't find a hammer-less way to do this. Also I fear this will stop the car from starting.

I went to a locksmith. They can make a key for the door but the Chevy wouldn't start with it. They tried to program their microchip to no avail.

Chevrolet says "We've never had this issue before." They had no advice on how to disable the entry, and insisted that they don't make keys without the fob. This is dismaying to me. The very technology that is supposed to make life easier is making my life very very hard. It's pretty absurd. I just want a KEY. That's it, for goodness sake. Does anyone have a solution to this?
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Same problem for me. I don't like that the keyed entry to the Bolt involves prying off some moulding -- that's bound to break with frequent use.

Other rejected solutions
- I thought of drilling a hole through the moulding to allow easier keyed access, but I didn't end up trying it for fear of messing things up.
- I didn't like the fob in the ziplock solution. I'm guessing this is a new fob waiting to happen.

Here's the best solution I came up with.
1) Get a realtor lock box. I got this one: "KeyGuard SL-501 Punch Button Large Capacity Key Storage Shackle Lock Box" at www [.] amazon [.] com/gp/product/B00JRWCQLS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (sorry, forum won't let me post the URL so you'll have to remove the brackets and spaces). Make sure to get the large one; the fob doesn't fit in the smaller one.
2) Wrap the fob in aluminum foil. This acts as a Faraday cage, preventing signals from the fob from reaching the car.
3) Put the wrapped fob in the lock box.
4) Attach the lock box shackle to your car door handle or gaps in the wheel.
This prevented the buttons on the door handle from opening the car for me.

I'm considering making a foil lined box instead of wrapping/unwrapping the fob in foil for each session, but I haven't found a box sized just right.

Good luck.

-- Adam
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