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Old 01-18-2011, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Armsanta Sorad
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I've recently lost my car keys and looked everywhere. I suspect it's lost for good. I'm thinking about getting a replacement for the car.

What should I bring to the car dealership if I want a key replacement?
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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if it is one of those all in one keyless entry fobs the dealer will charge you $80-$120 bucks to get it programed for your car well atleast GM charged me $120 for my back up key fob and programed key
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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SOME cars you can take your ownership certificate or proof of ownership and ID and have a key made, but not all cars. I know I had one made for my old 1985 Mercedes like that once before.... I dont know if all car companies do this or not though.

What make of car and what year is it?
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Go to a good locksmith. If the same key is used for ignition and door, they can pull a lock from a door and match it. You can use plain walmart keys, to open doors and start the car --- if you don't want to pay $100 for a beeper key, just put your key in the keyhole and turn it, like I do. Works every time.

Using your VIN, your dealer may also be able to set you up with a new set of valet keys for a couple of bucks apiece.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Last time I needed a set, I went to the dealer with my registration and ID, showing that it all matches. $38 later, I got my door key and the ignition key.

YMMV. This was for a Buick.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:18 AM
 
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I seem to recall paying something like 38 bucks as well for my '02 Prowler.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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If it's just a key, it's pretty cheap. If you need the fob as well, it can be expensive. FWIW, as long as you have one of the original keys you can program a new fob or chipped key yourself, just buy the part online and look up the instructions for how to do it.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Go to a good locksmith. If the same key is used for ignition and door, they can pull a lock from a door and match it. You can use plain walmart keys, to open doors and start the car --- if you don't want to pay $100 for a beeper key, just put your key in the keyhole and turn it, like I do. Works every time.

Using your VIN, your dealer may also be able to set you up with a new set of valet keys for a couple of bucks apiece.
Doesn't work like that if you have an immobilizer.

When I needed keys I just went to my dealer bought the uncoded, uncut keys and got the code for the key pattern, then took it to a key cutter and got them cut (...then back to the dealer to program it...)

Programming a key can be relatively easy though, so you might be able to just follow NJGOATs advice.

It's hard to say what to do without knowing the type of key in question.
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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Programming a key can be relatively easy though, so you might be able to just follow NJGOATs advice.
Just as FYI, it usually involves sitting in the car with the good key/fob and going through a series of changing key position and hitting buttons to program the new one. Basically all you are doing is tieing the signature of the new key/fob to the car's ECM, there is no actual "programming" of the key.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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If your dealer gives you good service, go there, but any good locksmith should be able to make keys for your car.

Might help if you post up make, model, and year, then you can get some more specific advice.

Get 2 sets, it won't cost 2X what one set would cost, put the spare set in a safe place where you won't lose it.
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