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Old 09-09-2019, 10:07 AM   #1
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(1) What's the most affordable place in the area to get a spare key made and programmed?

(2) For a spare key to keep in my wallet, is it possible to get just the key, without the heavy fob?

This is my first programmable key. I like to have a total of 4 keys in various places. Looks like that's not possible given the cost of this key. I'm especially worried about losing my key far from home. How many keys do you have, and where do you keep them in case you lose your main key?
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:11 AM   #2
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Answer to Question #2 -- I have the one I use daily & my second (spare) is stored away in my Safe Deposit Box (my wife's pocketbook)
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:34 AM   #3
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the keys with the FOB have a chip in them that speaks to the vehicle computers to allow it to turn on. Unless the vehicle has a valet type key option, it will need to have the FOB head on it. Most FOBs have a key in the back of them that you can pull out and use incase the FOB battery dies, in this case you can put that key in the wallet
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Old 09-09-2019, 01:58 PM   #4
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(1) What's the most affordable place in the area to get a spare key made and programmed?

(2) For a spare key to keep in my wallet, is it possible to get just the key, without the heavy fob?

This is my first programmable key. I like to have a total of 4 keys in various places. Looks like that's not possible given the cost of this key. I'm especially worried about losing my key far from home. How many keys do you have, and where do you keep them in case you lose your main key?
I have seen signs at Do It Best Hardware stores that say they can make programmed keys. I have never had one made so I am not sure price. It looks like Rands Hardware in Plymouth is a Do It Best Hardware Store, might be worth a call.

As a side note, if you ever lose your key and you are far from home, the local dealership should be able to help you out by using the VIN and having proper ID.

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the keys with the FOB have a chip in them that speaks to the vehicle computers to allow it to turn on. Unless the vehicle has a valet type key option, it will need to have the FOB head on it. Most FOBs have a key in the back of them that you can pull out and use incase the FOB battery dies, in this case you can put that key in the wallet
I think you are confusing/mixing a (key + a FOB) and a "keyless" FOB.

A keyless FOB has a key in it in case the battery dies, the other one..... just use the key
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This is all about the automobile manufacturers controlling the keys for all the vehicles you now buy. Big money @ $200 or $300 per FOB.

Remember the days you could go to your local Locksmith and they'd make as many keys as you want for $5 each (or less) ?

It's all about control and huge profit.
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Gone are the days a parking attendant or younger family member can just have them duplicated
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:38 PM   #7
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This is all about the automobile manufacturers controlling the keys for all the vehicles you now buy. Big money @ $200 or $300 per FOB. Remember the days you could go to your local Locksmith and they'd make as many keys as you want for $5 each (or less) ? It's all about control and huge profit.
Back when these were a new "thing", I remember a Toyota owner having to pay four-figures for a replacement. (!) Then it turned out his car insurance would pay for it....

Then I read that Toyota braqged that they had never had to replace the battery pack in their Prius model.

The explanation later came out that their instruction book said to replace the battery pack after collisions—however slight the collision.

Guess who's paid for all those batteries?
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www.napaonline.com/en/p/NSO101311 ..... $85.04-each key ...... maybe this will help?

For $1.50, you know I recently got a spare key made at Walmart which I keep in my wallet, in case I lock the regular, old standard wafer tumbler key inside the car. ..... high tech car keys ..... ...... tanks, but no thanks!

And, this $1.50 ignition key works perfectly to unlock the door, and start the ignition ....... a nickel plated, brass, double sided car key similar to the 1980's style car key ..... it is thin enough to keep a spare in your wallet ...... unlike the big fat hi-tech keys
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:24 PM   #9
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(1) What's the most affordable place in the area to get a spare key made and programmed?
What is the make model and year of vehicle?

Makes a world of difference.

Some chip keys - one can purchase a blank and have hardware store or dealership cut. Usually at no charge.

Then you can program extra key yourself.

Some chip keys can only be programmed at dealership. You do not have to purchase the key at the dealership. Although you usually need a factory OEM key.
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If you have the FCC ID # of the original key FOB then you can usually pick one up off of eBay for a fractional of the price of the New Car Dealership.

Be sure you are getting an OEM Key FOB and be sure to replace the small button battery prior to having it programmed.
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