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Car Key Replacement and Safety Tips

1. It is expensive to replace the car key for newer model vehicles. Some dealerships charge $200 and up to replace a key. The expense is not from cutting the car key, which only costs a dollar or two in time and parts, but from programming the electronic chip in your vehicle's key. If you have a perfectly cut key without the programming for the chip, you can put it in the ignition and turn the car key but the car's engine will not start.


2. A more economical option is to buy your replacement car keys from a locksmith. They have the same key programmer as the dealership but will charge up to half the price to replace your key. As with a car dealership, the most important part of getting your car key replaced is making sure the chip inside the key is programmed properly. Make sure you test your key several times before leaving the locksmith or as soon as you get home with your new car key. Call the locksmith immediately if you have any problems unlocking the door or starting the car. If the car does not start it may mean there was a problem with the programming or even the cutting of the key and you will need to get the replacement car key replaced as soon as possible.

3. Make sure you buy your replacement key from a reputable dealership or locksmith. Ordering a programmed replacement car key online is possible, and can be up to half the price of a locksmith, but do your research. Check online reviews of the company you are purchasing your keys from. An important part of programming the chip in your car key is giving the make, model, and VIN number of the vehicle to the person programming your keys. Verify the locksmith company before you give information to program the keys for your vehicle or you may find yourself without a key and without a vehicle.

4. When you buy replacement keys for your car it is like shopping for anything else. Call around and get prices from multiple dealers and locksmiths. Find the best price from the most reputable company and you will find yourself with a replacement car key at a great price.

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Are you talking about the "Intelligent Key" or the regular "keyless entry" key?

I bought a new 2013 Versa SV sedan with keyless entry a week ago. I've had several plain, metal duplicate keys made. I paid between $2 to $4 each for the duplicates. They work flawlessly: they open the doors and start the engine just like you would expect.

I have no doubt the dealer will charge an arm and leg to replace the key with the electronic chip and such. But you can drive around all day with a $2 hardware store key. I know. I've done it.
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Hi Dennis,
I, too, can verify what you said. I just bought a used 2013 Versa SV that only had 1 key (with 3-button remote built-in). I went to Pep Boys to see if they could cut a duplicate. They insisted it wouldn't work but I figured it would be good as a spare to open the door in case I locked my key in the car. Pep Boys didn't even think it would open the door (which it almost didn't because it was a pretty poor duplicate), but not only did it open the door, it started the car and let me drive. So it would appear that at least for some late model no-frills vehicles, the "chipped" key is not enforced? Or maybe it is just an urban legend to justify the dealers and locksmiths charging $100-$200 per key? Or maybe I'm just lucky that for my car, the plain key with no electronics works just fine?
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I have a 2014 Versa SL with a standard key(no remote). When I called the dealer to get copies, they quoted a price of around $50 to cut and program a new key. I went to Walmart where they have a device that checks the key to see if it has an electronic chip. They said it does not. They cut a new key for $1.50 and it opens the door and starts the vehicle just fine. Everybody, including my mechanic, tells me that this is not possible. My mechanic insists that there is something in the vehicle that is giving the ignition a signal to start.

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1. It is expensive to replace the car key for newer model vehicles. Some dealerships charge $200 and up to replace a key. The expense is not from cutting the car key, which only costs a dollar or two in time and parts, but from programming the electronic chip in your vehicle's key. If you have a perfectly cut key without the programming for the chip, you can put it in the ignition and turn the car key but the car's engine will not start.


2. A more economical option is to buy your replacement car keys from a locksmith. They have the same key programmer as the dealership but will charge up to half the price to replace your key. As with a car dealership, the most important part of getting your car key replaced is making sure the chip inside the key is programmed properly. Make sure you test your key several times before leaving the locksmith or as soon as you get home with your new car key. Call the locksmith immediately if you have any problems unlocking the door or starting the car. If the car does not start it may mean there was a problem with the programming or even the cutting of the key and you will need to get the replacement car key replaced as soon as possible.
Locksmith have the key price half of the dealer but as you said earlier , first test the many times that it must be programmed properly or not.
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Are you talking about the "Intelligent Key" or the regular "keyless entry" key?

I bought a new 2013 Versa SV sedan with keyless entry a week ago. I've had several plain, metal duplicate keys made. I paid between $2 to $4 each for the duplicates. They work flawlessly: they open the doors and start the engine just like you would expect.

I have no doubt the dealer will charge an arm and leg to replace the key with the electronic chip and such. But you can drive around all day with a $2 hardware store key. I know. I've done it.
Why you have not chosen the Locksmith for that ? I am sure Locksmith doesn't charge more for that if you compare it to the dealer.I have programmed two keys from Locksmith and they charged $20 for that and this is not much cost.
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I went through this checking things a bit back. Found a list showing that not ALL Nissan come with the chipkey but it's according to what was on the list. Nissan dealers let you think ALL have them to get unnecessary programming charges in some cases. It's the new world Trump way.

Don't know either if these are like Fords in that if you respond BEFORE you have the need you can program keys yourself, you have to have two known good ones and a blanked chip but edge cut third, owner manual has a halfway simple procedure for programming a third yourself if you have the two. If you wait until you lose one you are out of luck though, the programming needs TWO known good inputs before it will release to do the third one.

I drive older cars and don't theft protect as they are dog cars. The Ford chip easily removes from the key to then bind it within an inch of the transceiver ring and then you can buy keys for $2 all day long as the chip is right there and keep your mouth shut. You still have to have a key to take car just like oldschool. They can bash the ignition cylinder out of it obviously, I say get with it, the car not worth the effort. I don't think Nissan chips come out of the key though. Haven't tried yet anyway.
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