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Old 07-20-2012, 01:03 PM
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So I was in Home Depot this am and asked the guy to make a copy for me. He put it in a slot and two lights came on and he said this key has a RFI chip in it and cost 40 dollars to make one copy. HUH!!!
The very preaty girl behind me said thats nothing, if I loose my key the dealer will charge me $200.00 for a new one. She drives a Mazda.
I asked about my wifes Honda and the guy told me he can't make a copy, only the dealers can and its $200 and up for the key.
I think I'll open a key store for Honda and Mazda. That or have mine gold plated.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:20 PM
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You can get a key cut to open the door if you lock your key inside. You need the chipped key to start the engine. If it was a Benz, it would probably be $500, and you would need notarized proof of ownership.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:31 PM
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ACE hardware does RFI keys, not sure how much. My local ford dealership charges $60 for brand new "all in one" keys (key built into the key fob). $200 replacement sounds like a lot for a mazda.
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Key for the wifes mini $538.84
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The Toyota dealer near me has a service that makes them. They gave me one for free - they plug a thing into your car to get the code.... I think he charges 40 bucks or so to make them if you cal directly.
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In the UK some people take our "car key insurance"...I shit you not.
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Our extended warranty covers key replacement up to 250 once a year.
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Originally Posted by Johnny Dreamer View Post
In the UK some people take our "car key insurance"...I shit you not.

Yes that is true, for about an average £12.50 ( at current exchange rates it's about $20) you can insurance against theft or lost keys, and they will replace all locks on your car, if your keys are lost or stolen upto a max of £1500.

And if your house keys are kept with your car keys, they will replace your house locks as well.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:37 PM
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I have a $2. key from Cheapo Depot in my wallet, and keep the real spare hidden in the car....when going out in the boat (or hunting in woods) I lock my full set of keys in the car....and use my spare in wallet to let myself in

been doing it for years and has not let me down yet.....
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You can also buy the plastic keys, they are nice because they flex in your wallet.
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There's a chip in the key which activates a circuit when the key is turned in the ignition. The unprogrammed key will open the door and run the starter, but it won't activate the fuel/ignition circuit.

Daughters boyfriend took one of her keys. I had a duplicate unprogrammed key made. I said "give this key to him. Prick can get in and crank the car, but it won't start!"
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Just had a key made for an employees '99 f150 at HD. $70 bucks. Sounds like I should start shopping at the OP's HD not mine.

My '02 F250 is $2. No chip inside. Don't understand that but glad they both don't have it.

My father and I just had to repo an Acura RL that my father had cosigned a loan for my brother but he has refused to pay for the past 18 months. My dad got tired of paying for it finally. My brother wouldn't hand over the key so we had to flat bed the car to the dealership then pay $400 for the key. They need the car to make a new key. That was one very expensive key
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Just had a key made for an employees '99 f150 at HD. $70 bucks. Sounds like I should start shopping at the OP's HD not mine.

My '02 F250 is $2. No chip inside. Don't understand that but glad they both don't have it.

My father and I just had to repo an Acura RL that my father had cosigned a loan for my brother but he has refused to pay for the past 18 months. My dad got tired of paying for it finally. My brother wouldn't hand over the key so we had to flat bed the car to the dealership then pay $400 for the key. They need the car to make a new key. That was one very expensive key

your brother should have his ass whipped
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I learned a trick from the guy I was spending $200 with making a spare key for my new to me 03 Wrangler last winter (after he had me of course).. get as many spare keys as you want made (the $3 kind), then tape your chipped key inside the steering column within 4 or 5" of the ignition switch, the plain one will work fine. Tested this on bothe the Jeep and my 10 Mustang, works..
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I ordered a key from a Mazda dealer in NC for $25?, they cut the key using the VIN number and yes they verified my name as proof of ownership first.

I think this procedure may work for Fords too.



Items needed:
1. 2 pre-programmed transponder keys.
2. 1 new transponder key

The timing is critical to this procedure, please read through the entire procedure before attempting.
Procedure:
1. Insert one of the pre-programmed transponder keys and turn the ignition to "on", leave on for at least one second (I wait until the red key symbol in the instrument cluster extiinguishes), remove the key from the ignition.
2. Within 5 seconds insert the second pre-programmed key and urn the ignition to "on" for at least one second but no more than 5 seconds (use the key symbol for this as well) then remove the second key.
3. within 10 seconds insert the new key in the ignition and turn the ignition to "on", if you are successful the red key symbol will illuminate then extinguish after about a second.

If you are not successful the red key symbol will flash repeatedly to indicate that you have inserted an invalid key. Remove the key, wait a minute and try it again.


http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=5340.0



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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
I learned a trick from the guy I was spending $200 with making a spare key for my new to me 03 Wrangler last winter (after he had me of course).. get as many spare keys as you want made (the $3 kind), then tape your chipped key inside the steering column within 4 or 5" of the ignition switch, the plain one will work fine. Tested this on bothe the Jeep and my 10 Mustang, works..
Kind of defeats the purpose of a chipped key though??
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Kind of defeats the purpose of a chipped key though??
I wouldn't worry about that unless I was giving my key to a parking attendant in a lot or someplace every day anyway.
Only car I ever had stolen was a 10 day old Porsche 944 in 83 and it had a factory alarm system. Walked my mother to the gate at Phila airport, said goodbye and walked back to an empty parking spot in the garage.. Less than 30 minutes after I parked it.
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Go to a local locksmith.
I had to replace my wife's Tahoe keys after she lost them.
Seems I paid around $100 for 2 sets of chipped keys, wireless FOB and the locksmith reprogrammed the Tahoe to accept them. Dealer wanted approx $500.
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The car makers have outside programmers doing new codes on a regular bases every new model will have a different version and it may change during the model run. They are commonly called passive anti theft systems.
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Absolutely retarded if true!!

I'd drive the gokart POS through their showroom window before I payed that.

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Key for the wifes mini $538.84
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