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Keys/Valet Mode

Eric66

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Jan 23, 2021
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How do keys work in a Tesla? This morning, I got in my car with my phone (key) before my wife drove to work. I quickly realized that she didn't have her phone (key) with her. When I went outside, I thought I would see them stopped at the end of the street but they were gone. I am guessing that my key unlocked the car and woke it up. How far can it drive without a key being engaged?

On a similar note, we will be traveling out of town this weekend and the hotel we are staying at only has valet. Do you just hand the black card to the valet and enable valet mode?
 

kashian

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Jan 4, 2021
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San Diego
Without a key, the car will drive until the driver gets out of the car. Then, it won't start anymore. Yes, give the valet your key card and enable valet mode either in the car or your phone app.
 
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Velcade

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Sep 18, 2019
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On a similar note, we will be traveling out of town this weekend and the hotel we are staying at only has valet. Do you just hand the black card to the valet and enable valet mode?

Yes. It's very simple. Use the app to enter valet mode and set your pin code. Hand the desk your key card.
 

Francislane

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May 31, 2021
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Very silly question, if you ONLY use your phone for the key.

What options are available to valet your car, I think leaving a key in the car is not the smartest idea(pinlock the glove box may be the only solution?)

Thank you in advance.
 

Mike_TV

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Apr 29, 2020
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Very silly question, if you ONLY use your phone for the key.

What options are available to valet your car, I think leaving a key in the car is not the smartest idea(pinlock the glove box may be the only solution?)

Thank you in advance.
If you only use your phone for the key you should be carrying the credit card physical Tesla key (it comes with two) with you in your wallet or purse. This physical key is the one you hand over to valet park.
 

Francislane

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May 31, 2021
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Australia
Thank you Mike.

I don’t have a need or use for a wallet as everything is on my phone, Apple Pay, drivers licence is now digital (I am in Australia), house key.

So there is no way to use valet mode with out giving the valet the card?

Maybe leaving a card in the glovebox with the pin is my only option.

Thank you again
 

Mike_TV

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Apr 29, 2020
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Keep in mind that the key card is the most reliable way of accessing the car. Phone key can be made inoperable by lack of cellular connection or lost of Bluetooth pairing. Locking key card is fine until your phone can’t open the car and you know the key card is there in the car!
I remember a thread last year (might have been here on TMC or somewhere else) where they locked the key card in the vehicle and went hiking with their phone. Phone battery died and couldn't get back into the car since they had no key.
 

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