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Succeeded getting new fob for 2013 working. Bought from GM Wholesale for about $40, was exact match. Programmed myself using instructions in manual, had the key cut for $30 at locksmith. Now where to keep it? If stored in car would allow start if car was broken into? Keep at home but inconvenient if far away? Hide-a-key - but it could be found.

Locksmith suggested a non-chipped key cut to match ($6 + $30) that would get you into car but not start it.

Any suggestions?
 

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With the battery removed, the key can be stored anywhere for use including inside/outside the vehicle in a hide-a-key box. If the battery were not removed, one would just simply have to push the access button on the door handle to unlock the door. The unpowered (no battery) key can be used in the keyhole you used to program the new key which will allow the key to be detected to start the car.
 

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Remember that another way to unlock your car is through the myChevy app on a smartphone, or by calling OnStar. That can help reduce the need for a spare key. If the spare is kept in the car, I think it could allow someone to drive away if they break in. But as mentioned, you could pull the battery or otherwise block the signal to make that harder.

With previous cars, I used to keep a spare in a hide-a-key in case of lockouts. With this car, I think it is nearly impossible to lock the key inside by accident, so I don't bother hiding a spare any more. I just leave the spare at home.
 

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If the battery were not removed, one would just simply have to push the access button on the door handle to unlock the door.
I believe the outside buttons do not work if the key is inside - they only work if you (fob) is in proximity to the handle on the outside.

However, a similar fact applies in that the car will make it very hard for you to lock an active fob inside - it will lock and then sense you left a fob in and then unlock to let you get back in.
 

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True, I forgot that was an option. However is that hard programmed or is it an option that can be turned off in the config screen? As for the buttons not working from inside, I have not tried that myself. I may try locking a fob inside the car (window down) to test. I know from personal experience that if the car is left on with the remote outside of the car, doors locked, the access buttons do in fact work to unlock the door. I guess I just assumed the same would be true since the fob is still within the proximity of the car, not taking into account that the car will determine if the fob is inside or outside of the car.
 

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if I leave my keyfob inside my car,and I leave,i get the triple honk when I walk away,and my volt stay's unlocked
I own a 2015 volt so this issue might be different for older volts
also my key fobs are warrientied for 5 years by GM
 

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It's always in my left pocket and my wife has hers in her purse.

I like never having to take it out of my pocket, I don't think it will be wearing out like some keys I've had.

Sometimes the switch blade knife opens in my pocket, the emergency key part, hasn't caused any problems though.

I should tape it shut.
 
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