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Best way to copy a car key

1,040 422 January 23, 2018 at 09:13 AM
Not sure where I could get a copy of my car key besides dealer. Some of my local locksmiths do car key, but they are 24*7 service for emergency and prices are not lower than dealer (Around $200)

I see there are lots of cheap auto key on ebay but still need dealer to re-program. How does that work and cost? Should I buy them online and bring them to local dealer?

Thanks a lot.

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Assuming you are ok with making just a remote, you may find value in "The Universal Car Remote" sold at Walmart.
Most remotes work fine, but support a limited Make and Model of your car.

If your question is about the Physical key, I am not sure.
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Not sure where I could get a copy of my car key besides dealer. Some of my local locksmiths do car key, but they are 24*7 service for emergency and prices are not lower than dealer (Around $200)

I see there are lots of cheap auto key on ebay but still need dealer to re-program. How does that work and cost? Should I buy them online and bring them to local dealer?

Thanks a lot.
Year, make, and model? Some cars allow you to program a key yourself.
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I ordered my intellig key fob from eBay for my Nissan Rogue. I still haven't had them programmed and cut yet but I called local locksmiths and they were way cheaper than the dealer.
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Year, make, and model? Some cars allow you to program a key yourself.
It is a 2011 Corolla. The key has a G chip. From what I got in forums, you might be able to program it to unlock the door by yourself, but still need dealer to program to start the engine.

Called the dealer, but the girl does not know if I could bring my own blank key to program. Just as I said in post, cannot find a local locksmiths to program it at lower price.
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It is a 2011 Corolla. The key has a G chip. From what I got in forums, you might be able to program it to unlock the door by yourself, but still need dealer to program to start the engine.

Called the dealer, but the girl does not know if I could bring my own blank key to program. Just as I said in post, cannot find a local locksmiths to program it at lower price.
Some articles telling you how to get the car into reading mode for transponder keys. Wonder if it will work without cutting the key...it says not to turn or start while doing it.
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