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    Seems to me my Genesis should have been provided with two Smart Keys. My Genesis only came with one and another one costs about $300 with programming. How many Smart Keys did you other owners receive with your Genesis?

    The Owner's Manual suggests that if you lose a Smart Key, you should have the vehicle towed to the dealer. From the middle of the Sonoran Desert?? You could die first!

    My suggestion: If you don't have someone with you to carry a second Smart Key, keep a second Smart Key somewhere accessible inside the car. It must be wrapped in aluminum foil so it will not be able to transmit its signal. I tried this ... it works. If you are in a situation where you might lose your primary Smart Key, remove the mechanical key and hang it around your neck or belt and use it to get into the car. Then retrieve the second Smart Key and remove the foil to start the car as usual.


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    I received two Smart Keys. The cars are delivered with two!

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    Default Re: How many Smart Keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by rdunegan View Post
    Seems to me my Genesis should have been provided with two Smart Keys. My Genesis only came with one and another one costs about $300 with programming. How many Smart Keys did you other owners receive with your Genesis?

    The Owner's Manual suggests that if you lose a Smart Key, you should have the vehicle towed to the dealer. From the middle of the Sonoran Desert?? You could die first!

    My suggestion: If you don't have someone with you to carry a second Smart Key, keep a second Smart Key somewhere accessible inside the car. It must be wrapped in aluminum foil so it will not be able to transmit its signal. I tried this ... it works. If you are in a situation where you might lose your primary Smart Key, remove the mechanical key and hang it around your neck or belt and use it to get into the car. Then retrieve the second Smart Key and remove the foil to start the car as usual.
    Did you buy it used? It should come with two fobs.

    Pretty much any car today has a transponder of sorts in the key and requires dealer intervention if you lose the key - the Genesis is really no different. I'm not sure if Hyundai offers such a thing, but my Lexus LS came with a smart card I carry in my wallet. If I lose my wallet, I have bigger problems than having my car towed. There's a tiny, flat, mechanical key built into the smart card to allow re-entry if the battery in the transmitter (or car) dies.

    I would investigate why you don't have the second key -- if you bought it new, the service or sales department probably misplaced it. They should program a new one, at no cost. If you bought it used, buy an additional transmitter from parts.com (dealer list $251.10 -- parts.com cost $179.03) and have it programmed... to be safe, have the dealer reset the keyless system rather than program an additional transmitter -- that way, an unknown transmitter isn't floating around from a previous owner.

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    I received 2. You should have been provided 2 if the car was purchased new. If you purchased a used or "pre-owned", there is a possibility of receiving only 1, and it'll be on you to get the 2nd.

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    When new, the Genesis comes with two key fobs. The system can handle a max of two at a time as well - you can't add a third fob. If one is "lost" or destroyed, a dealer can program a replacement.

    The FOBs are not "his" and "hers" either: i.e. the car won't recognize a difference between the two key fobs and automatically pre-select seat & mirror memory #1 or #2 depending on which FOB it sees. Some other vehicle brands will do this... not the Genesis (at least not the 2009s).

    One forum member reported the dealer "loosing" one of his FOBs and they had to provide another... only to find it was sitting on top of the windshield, in the area where the wipers park. Having the key that close was enough to trigger "key is in the vehicle" logic of the car. See if you can start your car with your existing FOB nowhere near the car... if so, your missing FOB is somewhere inside the car or in the wiper area, etc.

    Also, instead of wrapping in aluminum foil, what about just removing the battery from a backup FOB? You can stuff it into the FOB receiver slot in the dash (underneath the stereo) to get the car to start - that slot is there specifically for a FOB that can't transmit. The vehicle uses RFID technology (i.e. the car sends a signal that powers the FOB) to read the FOB using a backup method. You'll still need the mechanical key to unlock a front door to get into the vehicle though. I just carry both FOBs with me all the time. Maybe we can convince vehicle makers to add a Bluetooth "door unlock" mode to allow a cell-phone to transmit a "let me in" code to the vehicle as a backup.

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    You can find the FOBs online, Ebay and from some vendors for $30 bucks if I recall.

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    Those FOB s are FOB covers not FOBs. Your FOB is about 300.00 to replace will these covers are 9.00. Ebay product from Korea

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    I can't believe how many of you replied to my question and how helpful you have all been. Thanks!

    My Genesis had 8700 miles on it but I still feel the dealer should have stressed the importance of having a spare Smart Key which I could have negotiated in the deal. Instead, he just sluffed it off ... "It only came with one" .... This is my first Smart Key, and I naively thought all I had to do was have the mechanical key duplicated by a locksmith. Live and learn. Guess I'll have to spring for the extra Smart Key myself since my bargaining power is gone!

    Also learned about the mechanical key slot outside the trunk lid. Thanks again.

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    I wouldn't give up that easy. Two new FOBs should have come with the new car. If the dealer lost one they owe you a replacement.

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    I wouldn't give up that easy. Two new FOBs should have come with the new car. If the dealer lost one they owe you a replacement.
    The above is true, if you bought the car new.

    If you bought the car used, at a Hyundai dealer, the dealer should/would know that it has two FOB's, not one, and I would be raising h.ll about them selling you a car with only one FOB and that they should get you another one pronto.

    If you bought the car used, at anything other than a Hyundai dealer, you are SOL, even though they should/would know that they come with two FOB's, and you will just have to take the hit on an additional FOB.
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