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Today's car keys have the ability to get lost very easy.
Before the 1990s, this wasn't a big deal. You could get a
spare key at any hardware store or locksmith shop, not to
mention at the car dealership, of course.
It was so easy because of the fact that there where no
transponder chips in these keys and no immobilizers
equipments on the ignition cylinders, the only sophisticated
keys back in these days where the watt system keys that
where equipped with a small resistor key that was an easy
purchase at the local dealer.
But because it was easy to copy or make a key, it was also
easy for a thief to steal your car. These days, advances in
key technology have made vehicles more difficult to steal,
but the price has been costlier for key replacements.
Here's a rundown of what you'll face in the way of cost if
you have to replace your key, along with some alternatives
that could lower the bill. The prices quoted cost more than
Basic Keys and Fob
A basic car key, which was common up until the mid-to
late-1990s, has no security feature other than its unique
cut. The shank, which is the long metal part of the key, has
cuts and grooves like a house key. It's easy to copy these
keys. A car locksmith doesn't need any extra equipment: He can
use the same machine he uses to cut other keys.
A basic key copy will cost about $5 at a locksmith. The only
benefit of having the job done at the dealership would be to
get the automaker's branding on the head of the key that
would probably cost about $25 for a basic key.
On most modern cars, an electronic key fob (also known as a
remote or transmitter) is an integral part of the key set.
At the dealership, the cost of replacing an electronic fob
can range from $50-$90, depending on the automaker or
complexity of the design. All fobs need to be programmed.
Some dealerships will do it for free, while others will
charge a half hour to an hour of labor.
There is a way around this fee, however. Most fobs can be
programmed with a specific combination of button presses on
the remote and key turns in the ignition. Some owner's
manuals will show you how to do it, and you can also find
this information online.
Finally, there are aftermarket fobs that you can purchase
online or from a locksmith. Like most aftermarket products,
the quality will vary, but they are a less expensive
alternative if you've lost your fob.
After the mid- to late-1990s, manufacturers began placing a
transponder chip in the plastic head of the key. The chip
emits a signal to a receiver in the ignition. If this
"immobilizer" detects the wrong signal — meaning that the
wrong key is in the ignition — the vehicle will not start.
A transponder key's shank is either a basic key or a
laser-cut key (more on laser-cut keys later). The major
difference between a basic key and a transponder key is that
the chip in the transponder key must be programmed before it
can start the vehicle. All dealerships have the machines
necessary to program the key. Some might program it for
free, but others will charge up to an hour of labor. Most
auto locksmiths should also have these machines.
In some vehicles, the transponder key and the fob are an
all-in-one unit. This adds to the price of the key and makes
it more difficult to get a spare anywhere but at the
We checked the price of a basic transponder key on a
F-150. The dealership quoted $160 for the key and an
additional $75 for the fob. If you go to a locksmith, expect
to pay roughly $20-$30 less.
A potential low-cost alternative for access to your car is
to order a basic key without the transmitter. This key will
do everything but start the engine and can come in handy if
you ever leave your keys inside the vehicle.
If you're the type who frequently loses keys, you might be
able to save money on the programming by creating a third
key to have as a spare. If you already have two keys, a
number of vehicle brands will allow you to program a third
key on your own. You can have a locksmith cut this
"emergency" key and then you follow the procedure for
programming, which can frequently be found in your owner's
manual. If the manual doesn't show you how, try searching
online for the procedure. Try "How to program a (insert your
year, make, model) key" as your search terms.
Our searches found a method that is said to work on many
domestic vehicles. Insert one of your two working keys and
turn the ignition to the "on" position for at least three
seconds (the car does not need to be started), then repeat
the process with the second key. Now insert the new third
key and again turn it to the "on" position for another few
seconds. This should program the extra key. Before you try
this method and spend money on a key, however, we suggest
you check with the dealership or your local automotive
locksmith to see if the process is one that will reliably
work with your car.
You can tell a laser-cut key apart from a basic key because
the shank is slightly thicker and has fewer carved-out
grooves. Laser-cut keys are often referred to as sidewinder
keys, due to the distinctive winding cut on the shank. The
machines needed to cut these keys are significantly more
expensive than a standard key-cutting machine and are not as
likely to be found at every locksmith or hardware store.
Laser-cut keys also have built-in transponder chips and they
need to be programmed at the dealership or by a locksmith,
preferably one who is a member of the Associated Locksmiths
of America (ALOA). You can search for a certified locksmith
near you by visiting the AOLA
All-in-one laser-cut keys are becoming more popular, but as
we mentioned, these keys are more expensive and typically
need to be replaced at the dealership. Including labor,
these can range from $150-$250, which is the price of a
laser-cut key for a Honda
Insight, for example.
Switchblade keys have shanks that fold into the fob when
they're not in use and pop out with the press of a button.
They can have a basic cut or a laser cut. One small
advantage of the switchblade key is that its components can
be purchased separately. If for some reason your key is
damaged and no longer works, you can buy the shank
separately for roughly $60-$80. But the more likely scenario
is that you've lost your key, in which case you'll need both
it and the fob into which it folds. This can cost between
$200 and $300, once you factor in programming of both
Smart keys aren't keys in the traditional sense. They are
fobs that are either inserted in the dash or, in the more
advanced systems, they stay in your pocket or purse. The
driver turns the car on and off with the press
of a button.
A smart key's main form of security is its ability to use
rolling security codes. The system randomizes the correct
code and prevents thieves from hacking it through the use of
a device called a code grabber. The vehicle's computer
recognizes the code emitted by the smart key and verifies it
before starting the engine.
Smart keys aren't just limited to German automakers. Nearly
every car brand has a smart key bundled in its high-tech
packages. Nissan, for example, makes it available on a
number of models ranging from the Altima to
These smart keys are the very places you will
feel the pain when you lose them. The cost of replacing and
reprogramming a smart key can range from $220 on a Nissan Altima up to $400 on an Acura
RL at the dealers.
Better Safe Than Sorry
There's no denying that modern keys are expensive. And so
the best defense against losing them is a good offense. It
is better to get a spare key now, on your terms, than to
stress out and spend the money in what might be an
emergency. You can take advantage of the cost-cutting
methods here and avoid the labor charges by programming the
Finally, if you are someone who is tempting fate by only
having one set of keys, consider this: If you lose all the
keys to your car, you will need to get it towed to a
dealership and it can potentially cost you close to $1,000
to replace the locks on your car.
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