Help! I want a copy of my key made!

@sacmom (14317)
United States
October 9, 2007 2:49pm CST
When I bought my car (almost 3 weeks ago) the previous owner gave me only one key. I asked him if there was another, but he told me that was the only one. I tried to get a key made at Wal-Mart, but the associate there told me that I'd have to go to the dealership because it has a chip (the car has remote entry and an alarm). So my question to you is, does anyone know how much it costs to have a copy of a key and remote made? I've never had a car that had a key with remote before so it's all new to me. :P LOL Thank you in advance! :)
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Oct 07
You will have to go to the dealership. It may wind up costing you hundreds of dollars. What you have to do is to call your dealership, and find out what the price would be to get an extra set of keys. It may take some time, and they may have to order it from the manufacturer. You did not tell us what make and model of car you have, so I cannot search the internet and give you the price. You will have to phone and find out.
@sacmom (14317)
• United States
9 Oct 07
It is a Ford Taurus.
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@dbhattji (2507)
• India
10 Oct 07
Wouldn't it be cheaper to have a new lock fitted, even a remote operated one?
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@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
11 Oct 07
Would not be a wise move. The "chip" in the key is programmed to the specific car's "PCM", or engine brain. If the brain does not receive the correct signal, all systems will remain off. One would have to pay for by-passing the entire security system in order to use a non-factory set-up, thus making it more expensive.
@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
10 Oct 07
Unfotunately since your key is chipped, yes you have to go to a dealership. Unless you have your alarm totally disengaged. The chip in that key is what allows you to start your car. The good thing about having a dealership do it is if they mess it up they have to fix it. But shop around first they all charge different rates.
@sacmom (14317)
• United States
12 Oct 07
The alarm is active. I'm going to call the local Ford Dealers this weekend (if I get the chance) and see what their prices are. I'd like to get an extra key made, and soon as I'd hate to not have a spare on hand.
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@pirtlems (245)
• United States
9 Oct 07
it could cost you anywhere from 60 to 80 dollars .your factory dealer will be able to do it for you. they wanted 65 dollars to make one for my 1996 caddy.
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@sacmom (14317)
• United States
12 Oct 07
Okay thanks. Hopefully it will be around the same price for my car then.
@lols189 (4798)
27 Oct 07
well here in the UK it is around £250.00 to get a car key copied. i am not sure about the cost in other countries
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• United States
11 Oct 07
You do have to go to the dealership for that kind of key. I think they run around $75.
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@mummymo (23709)
11 Oct 07
Ouch! I have never been in that situation but it surely does sound expensive! Mind you usually these things are a lot less expensive in the states than they are here in the Uk so hopefully they won't be too bad - do let us know! xxxx
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@atticus (1381)
• Italy
29 Oct 07
it musts cost about 50 dollar,shouldn't be a real problem to be copied..