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Old 01-15-2014, 07:57 PM
 
Location: La Mesa Aka The Table
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I went to get an extra key for my Honda Accord today. The dealer wanted $175.00 for the key, and to program the key to my car.
That same Key online is only 10.00 WTH
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:05 PM
 
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Honda paid for their techs to learn how to program keys. They have the tools necessary to perform the task.

You may be able to find a locksmith to do it for less.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:20 PM
 
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Stealership....and some Honda's can program a blank keyfob I think....

You can find guys on ebay much cheaper who will reprogram it
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:25 PM
 
Location: NJ & NV
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Most Home Depots and some Ace Hardware stores make them. About $50 to $80.
I have a 2001 Dodge and about 4 places tried to make a key without success. Some tried twice. finally a locksmith at an urban Home Depot figured out the key fob needed to be slightly closer to the steering wheel for the built in car security system to pick up the correct codes. Otherwise the car would start and turn right off.

He wound up cutting the blank down slightly shorter so the key fod is just slightly closer to the steering wheel / ignition lock and that key works. I think it was about $50 or $60.
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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They key online isn't a genuine Honda part. It will be a cheap Chinese knock-off. The real Honda part will be about $30-50 online. The rest of it is the amount the dealer charges on markup of the part plus the 30 min labor (usually the minimum billed amount) to program it.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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WHen I bought my used Saab I just said "no way I buy that without a second key". Got it for free. ALWAYS have two keys\fobs.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:38 AM
 
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It's easy to program yourself. I found a video/how to for my Matrix and bought a key on eBay. Programmed it myself and saved over $100.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Southeast, where else?
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I went to get an extra key for my Honda Accord today. The dealer wanted $175.00 for the key, and to program the key to my car.
That same Key online is only 10.00 WTH

Because, they can. Nissan is the worst....$150 for a 99 Maxima....
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:54 AM
 
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I heard an independent auto mechanic complaining about the computer and software he had to buy to access vehicle's computers these days - said it cost $10,000.00

And once purchased, they have stiff monthly fees for updates to the service software, etc. I imagine factory dealers have similar expenses?

For example, look at the prices on this GM software and access to their service network...
ACDelco TechConnect - TSS - Technical Support - si and TIS 2
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:35 AM
 
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Do you have both original keys?

If so, read the manual. Quite a few cars allow for programming of a 3rd key by the owner in their driveway if they have 2 additional keys.

Not a lot of dealers mention this because....well...it's a cash cow for 10 mins of work.

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