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'94 -- How to get a replacement key?

I have two keys for my 1994 camry, both are a copy of the original, quite old, and starting to become difficult to turn in the ignition. What is the best option for obtaining a replacement key that could work like new?
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'94 -- How to get a replacement key?

Head over to your local dealership with proof of ownership (and of course the VIN number, which will be on the proof of ownership, such as a title). They’ll look your VIN up and cut new keys. I had to do this for my 2002 Camry when I only got one worn out key from the PO.

They charge a “key cutting fee” once, plus the price of each key — so consider getting two. Since you don’t need transponder keys they’re quite reasonable, as far as dealership prices go. I think I paid around $20 for two keys which are cut as perfectly as the day the car rolled off the lot. Just one of those services you’ve gotta use the dealership for.
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The above is true, and works well. However, shop around. Some Toyota dealers do not even have the machine to cut keys (Racine Toyota, anyone...), AND had the audacity to ask $50 for such a service. OTOH, Elgin Toyota not only have the machine, cut the key in less time than it's taking you to read this, and charged me NOTHING!! Naperville Toyota charged just $6 for the same service (Different times, different [slightly] 99 Camry).

Each and every dealer is it's own entity, and will charge whatever they wish, so it's worthwhile to call around.

Lastly, older locksmiths can do the same service. I had Elgin Key and Lock cut a door key from code for my 1938 Chevrolet. Call and ask, but your best bet is a code-cut key from whomever can do the deed.

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P.S. Do bring in title and driver's licence. You will not get a key without both.
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I had 3 keys cut for 3 toyotas at the dealership here, for just under $10 per key. They works as good as a brand new car and key, since they are not duplicated from your worn originals. Just put a little WD40 on the key and put it in the lock and work it 25-50 times per lock. You'll love how well they work.
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I keep a dealer-cut key unused, so when I need a new one any hardware store can use it to make a copy.
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