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Old 07-15-2008, 10:10 PM   #1
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I bought a used vehicle and it only came with one key. I found out from Canadian Tire that it has an immobilizer chip in the key so they can't make a copy. I phoned a few dealers and they quoted $90 bucks to get one made. Is there a cheaper way to get this done? It seems like a total gouge.
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:12 PM   #2
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What did the owner say happened to the other key?

Most new vehicles come with 2
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Bought it at auction.
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:22 PM   #4
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What kinda vehicle? With some of the older ones, you may be able to buy a chipped uncut key off Ebay for less, and have that cut somewhere.
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:40 PM   #5
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Yeah you can buy a blank key off ebay for under 10 bucks, but you still have to buy the fob. The fob will run you about 30 bucks, but it's not programmed and completely useless until it is. Getting it programmed from the dealer is usually 1 hour labour, so about 100 bucks. Plus you still have to get the key cut, which if it's laser cut it won't be cheap. So really, I can't imagine how you could do it for less than 90 bucks but these prices are all for VW's where a new key from the dealer is about $330, so maybe you're vehicles key components are cheaper. Really I think 90 bucks sounds like a steal but thats probably just because I only have one key for my Golf and can't imagine paying 300+ for a new one.
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Most car you will be able to buy the key online, and use your own car to program the key. Search for instructions online... usually there will be a forum with such valuable information. Go to Canadian tire to get the key cut.
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what make/model/year?
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:11 AM   #8
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You can sacrifice the key to remove the immobilizing system (kinda like what they do when they install 3rd party automatic starters)...
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:13 AM   #9
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Most car you will be able to buy the key online, and use your own car to program the key. Search for instructions online... usually there will be a forum with such valuable information. Go to Canadian tire to get the key cut.
usually program yourself though you need 2 keys. i bought one for my car on ebay just to have in case, (07 fusion with fob on key, it all works!!)
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:23 PM   #10
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It's an 02 Jeep Grand Cherokee ltd. I might be willing to disable the immobilizer considering I didn't even know it had one.
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:21 PM   #11
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It's an 02 Jeep Grand Cherokee ltd. I might be willing to disable the immobilizer considering I didn't even know it had one.
If it is factory, I doubt you can disable it. $90 all in for a new key from the dealer is not a bad price. The chip is usually embedded in the key itself, the fob is just for the remote unlock/lock.
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Yeah you can buy a blank key off ebay for under 10 bucks, but you still have to buy the fob. The fob will run you about 30 bucks, but it's not programmed and completely useless until it is. Getting it programmed from the dealer is usually 1 hour labour, so about 100 bucks. Plus you still have to get the key cut, which if it's laser cut it won't be cheap. So really, I can't imagine how you could do it for less than 90 bucks but these prices are all for VW's where a new key from the dealer is about $330, so maybe you're vehicles key components are cheaper. Really I think 90 bucks sounds like a steal but thats probably just because I only have one key for my Golf and can't imagine paying 300+ for a new one.
For VW's I'm almost certain you can program your own blank key that you can just buy on the internet. I know for Audis it has the instructions right in the manual, and most things VW and Audi are the same.
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For VW's I'm almost certain you can program your own blank key that you can just buy on the internet. I know for Audis it has the instructions right in the manual, and most things VW and Audi are the same.
Yes, but IIRC you need 2 keys in order to program a third. Our truck is the same way - I think it is to prevent you losing one key and having someone finding it and cutting more copies.
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For VW's I'm almost certain you can program your own blank key that you can just buy on the internet. I know for Audis it has the instructions right in the manual, and most things VW and Audi are the same.
Yes and no. You can program a key to work the locks without any dealership help or additional equipment. But you need a VAG-COM to program it past the immobilizer to start the car.
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:49 PM   #15
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It is a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:37 PM   #16
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Be very careful about the blank keys you buy on eBay. I bought a Murano from auction that only had one key and refused to pay the screw job Nissan prices for a new key so I bought 2 on eBay for $10 each - I was then going to take the blanks to Nissan and have them cut and programmed for far less.

When I took the keys in to get cut, they noted right away that they weren't official Nissan keys and couldn't guarantee that they would work. The problem was I had to pay to have the keys cut and programmed to know if they would work or not. I got a call later in the day and they said everything worked fine...but that story sadly changed when I went to pick it up. When I picked it up, they said they keys wouldn't hold a program and no longer worked...SWEEET! So, I totally wasted $80 at Nissan to find out these cheap imitation keys didn't work. I got a partial refund from the seller, but still ended up paying for nothing.

If it were me, I'd suck it up and pay the dealer and have a guarantee that your key will work.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:51 PM   #17
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I hate dealers and don't want to give them a penny more, there has to be another way.
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:04 PM   #18
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I know, I feel the exact same way. There has to be someone who has the capability to program these keys - does no locksmith have this ability?
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