Help! I want a copy of my key made!
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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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.
• 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.
• 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.