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Key's vary in price...and yes they can be cut from the dealership, using only the vin. They are being pricks if they charge you extra to look up the code, but it also depends on the year, make and model of the car. (sometimes a car will be too old for the dealership to have on record...try finding somewhere to cut a key for a '77 celi, not gonna happen, lol)
Newer cars have special keys which have to be programmed, and have special computer chips in them (key alone is $80, plus usually 1 hour labour).
Older models usually just have a plain key, and some dealerships will just charge you for the key becuz there is no labour involved (except from the parts guy to cut it and make sure it works) However there are new key cutting machines, which the dealership then may add more to pay for the machine. (all figures in CAD) $40 on just a regular key to be cut is rediculous. $20 not so bad...key should only cost $5-10 tho. $40 on a new car key with chip, is an awesome price.
I've seen a customer buy a brand new vehicle, and want an extra key for it, about $180 later they got their key...I've also watched the process to programming a key and it's a pain in the ass...so it's a lose lose situation...my advice...don't buy a new car when you need more than the two keys it comes with, lol!!
Last edited by JRB; 12-26-2005 at 10:16 PM.