Your Instant Keys kit

Your Instant Keys kit contains everything you need to get your car set up for sharing. Setting up the kit is simple and should take less than an hour.

Your Instant Keys kit contains:

  • Stickers
  • A GPS device
  • An extension cable
  • A toll tag in a bag
  • A lockbox and shackle
  • A window bracket for the lockbox (if the lockbox will be kept on the car window)

Instant Keys kit comes with an electric lockbox, toll tag, GPS tracker, stickers, extension cable and window bracket

Let's get started

If you’re setting up the kit, it’s best to follow our step-by-step guide in your car’s profile. Go to Cars > Manage this car > Listing > Instant Keys.

If someone else is setting up your kit or if you’d like to print out the instructions instead, you can download a copy of the instructions.

1. Attach toll tag

Take a photo of the barcode first, then stick the holder to the windscreen near the rearview mirror, as shown in the photo below. Slide the toll tag into the holder.


If you already have your own toll tag in the car, please remove it and replace it with the one supplied. Don’t leave it in the glovebox – some owners have been charged twice when both tags are registered.

2. Plug in the GPS tracker

To pay you for the distance borrowers drive, and help borrowers find your vehicle, we use a GPS tracker. 

It’s a plug-and-play device that goes in the diagnostic port of the car. Your GPS tracker is a palm-sized black box with a port on one end.

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Installing the GPS

Make sure your car is turned off. Find your car's diagnostic port – it's usually located below the dashboard, between the steering wheel and pedals. To find the location for your make and model, try searching online, for example, Google 'Toyota Corolla diagnostic port'.

Plug your tracker into the port

If it sticks out or doesn’t won't sit securely in the port, you can use the extension cable. You could also unclip the port from its plastic bracket – just push the port backwards and it should pop out.

Our how-to video shows how to plug a GPS tracker into a diagnostic port. In the video they use a splitter cable – you can just plug the tracker directly into the port, or use the extension cable in your kit.

Checking the GPS is working

Turn on your car. The lights on the GPS tracker should start flashing. If not, make sure the GPS is secure in the port and not wobbly.

Confirm the unit is working by opening the Car Next Door app and going to Cars > Get location. It should show your car's current location on a map. It may take up to 30 minutes for the device to get verified after you have plugged it in so try again later if it doesn't work right now.

Secure your GPS

Make sure the GPS is secure in the port - you can use something like cable ties, rubber bands, tape or hair ties if necessary to hold it in tight. Then hide the device behind a panel so it's not visible or in the way.

Take a photo of the GPS and send it to us so we're aware of its location in case we need to troubleshoot it in future.

3. Put the lockbox in place

Part 1: Place the lockbox

First, take a photo of the lockbox barcode or write down the serial number – you’ll need it later when you finish setting up your profile.
If you're hanging the lockbox on the vehicle:

  1. Wind the front passenger window down  halfway and hook the window bracket over the edge
  2. Roll the window back up so the lockbox is held in place by the closed window

If you're leaving the lockbox on your property:

  1. Log in to the app and go to Cars > Listing > Instructions
  2. Under the Lockbox instructions, click 'Generate shackle code'
  3. Follow the instructions to open the shackle and install your lockbox
  4. Test that the lockbox wakes up (follow the instructions in the app)
  5. Update the 'Lockbox location' in your car's profile instructions with the lockbox's new location and give detailed instructions so borrowers won't have any trouble finding it.

Part 2: Put the key in the lockbox

  1. In the app, go to Cars > Open lockbox. Enter the lockbox code to open the lockbox.
  2. Remove any key rings or fobs from your spare key and place it in the lockbox. If you need to put a garage fob and the key in the lockbox, use rubber bands or hair ties to tie them together - don't use key rings as these can block the lockbox from closing and opening properly.
  3. Your lockbox may contain a grey key insert. If your key is too big to fit inside the insert, just remove the insert by pulling it out and put the key in the lockbox without the insert. Don't force the key inside the insert.
  4. Squeeze the lockbox shut until you hear the lock close. Check that the lockbox is shut.

If the lockbox doesn't respond when entering the code, it's likely in sleep mode and needs to be woken up. Insert a credit card-sized card (like your drivers licence or bank card) into the slot at the bottom of the lockbox. You should hear the lockbox beep. Try entering the code again.

4. Apply stickers

Your Instant Keys kit contains several stickers:

  • Large logo stickers for each side of your car (optional)
  • Small logo stickers for your front and back windscreen (optional)
  • 'Borrow my car' bumper sticker (optional)
  • Welcome sticker (optional)
  • No smoking stickers
  • Fuel stickers

Logo stickers

Applying these stickers is a great way to help your car get noticed, but you choose how many you want on your car. You might have all of them, or just the small windscreen stickers and bumper sticker, or you might prefer none.

It's important to make sure the surface is clean and dry before you apply any stickers. For instructions on how to apply the stickers, you can watch this video.

Here are some photos of where you can place each sticker on your car:





Your kit also contains an optional welcome sticker. If you'd like to apply this sticker, write your name on it and stick it on the inside of the windscreen in the top right corner.


No smoking stickers

These stickers remind borrowers not to smoke in your car. Place them on the inside of the driver and passenger windows.

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Fuel stickers

These stickers remind borrowers what type of fuel to buy for your car. Place the circles on the dash near the fuel gauge and on the outside of the fuel door. Place the larger rectangular sticker on the inside of the fuel door.


5. Upload initial condition photos

We need photos that show your car's current condition so we can identify any new damage that may occur.

  1. Log in to the website (not app)
  2. Go to Cars > Manage this car > Listing > Condition log
  3. Upload or drag and drop the photo files you'd like to upload
  4. Click 'Submit photos'

While you're there, make sure you've completed all the sections of your car's profile, including uploading at least one profile photo and leaving clear parking instructions.

If you've received a secondary GPS device, check the email you received when your kit was posted for instructions.

Need help?

If you need any help with setting up your kit, call us on (02) 8035 8000 so we can help you out.


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  • Not very helpful if you want to install the lockbox on a gate/fence. The instructions say you can generate a shackle code but if you are moving from Key Handover to Instant Keys then you cannot generate the code. I then spoke to a person who generated a shackle code but there are no instructions as to how to remove the shackle so you can attach it to a fence/gate. I am not impressed with this lack of good and simple instructions.

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  • Hi Michael, if you head to Cars > Profile > Lockbox, you'll have the option to enter your chosen lockbox location and generate a lockbox shackle code. I've requested that the instructions above are updated to reflect this.

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