NEW CARS/ NEW KEYS/ NEW RIPOFF
Electronic and Computer technology are playing an increasing role in the vehicle security field. Will this new technology reduce theft? Maybe!
Is the consumer being advised of the cost? NO!
If you are considering a purchase of one of the cars listed here, please "click" on the model to review the procedures and prices to obtain a "duplicate" key for YOUR auto.
Click here A for a brief description of Transponder keys
Updated application list
: A 1996/1997 Ford and 1997+ Buick Park Avenue:
: B1996+ Acura 3.5 RL, 1997+ Prelude and 1998 Accord:
: C 1997+ Infiniti Q45:
: D1996+ BMW(all models):
: E 1997+ Cadillac Catera:
: F1998 Chrysler LHS, Sebring Convertible, Jeep Wrangler, Eagle Vision,
: G1998 Ford vehicles
: H1998 Toyota Camry LE/XLE, Avalon XLS:
: A For 1996/1997 Ford and 1997+ Buick Park Avenue:
Duplicating: Place original key in ignition and turn to 'on' position. On some models a theft security light should turn on. Wait a few seconds until light turns off. Remove original key and insert new duplicate transponder key. (Removal of original and insertion of duplicate must be done within 10 seconds). Theft security light will turn on for a few seconds. When light turns off, duplicate key is programmed. Price $35.00 or more.
Originating: Make an operating transponder key by code or fitting. Insert new transponder key in ignition and turn to 'on' position. Theft security light will stay on for 10-15 minutes. (Some models may use a flashing light.) When theft security light turns off, turn new transponder key to 'off' position. Repeat this procedure two more times. (Each cycle must be started within 5 minutes after theft security light turns off.) After third cycle, new key will operate vehicle. Any keys which formerly operated the ignition will now be inoperative.
Price? Â $100.00 minimum if towed to shop, $200.00 + in the field
For 1996+ Acura 3.5 RL, 1997+ Prelude and 1998 Accord:
Two master keys (black head) and one valet key (gray head) are furnished with the vehicle. A special learning key (red head) is also given to each owner. Duplication requires all existing keys plus the learning key. A special tester unit must be used. Adding a duplicate transponder key code also erases all old memory. All old keys must be reprogrammed. Dealer-only procedure at this time.
price? ASK YOUR DEALER before you buy.
For 1997+ Infiniti Q45:
Three master keys (black head) are furnished with the vehicle. Duplication requires all existing keys. A special tester unit must be used. Adding a duplicate transponder key code also erases all memory. All old keys must be reprogrammed. Dealer-only procedure at this time.
Price? ASK YOUR DEALER, before you buy.
1996+ BMW(all models):
Four keys are delivered with vehicle. Six keys are held in a reserve manufacturer stock. Keys must be ordered by dealer. Price? ASK YOUR DEALER [also ask why you do not get all ten when you buy the car] When all ten keys have been used, a complete new security system must be installed with a new group of original keys. Dealer-only procedure at this time.
Price? ASK YOUR DEALER. before you buy.
1997+ Cadillac Catera:
Duplicating: Master key operates all vehicle locks. Ilco New Era Machine can be used to read transponder information from original transponder key. Information can then be transferred to new duplicate key.
The Equipment needed to duplicate this key costs several hundred dollars and can be used for nothing else, if your Locksmiths invests in this equipment I would expect the price per duplicate to be at least $50.00
Originating: Special tester unit required. Dealer-only procedure at this time.
price? ASK YOU DEALER before you buy
1998 Chrysler LHS, Jeep Wrangler, Eagle Vision, Chrysler Sebring Convertible:
Duplicating: A "customer learn" system can be used to program duplicate transponder key. Two original keys must be present. Insert the first original key into ignition lock and turn to 'on' position. Leave key in 'on' position for more than 3 seconds and less than 15 seconds. Remove first original key. Within 15 seconds, insert a different original key into ignition lock. Leave the key in 'on' position for 10 seconds. A chime will sound and a Sentry indicator light will flash on the instrument panel indicating system is in learning mode. The learning mode will remain 'on' for 60 seconds. Remove the second original key. Insert new duplicate key and turn to 'on' position. Chime will sound (after 3-10 seconds), when new key is successfully programmed.
Price? $35.00 minimum
If only one original key is available, or if keys are lost, programming requires a "PIN" number which must be entered into a tester unit(#DRB III). The PIN number and tester unit are only available to a Chrysler dealer. This is a dealer-only procedure at this time.
Price? ASK YOU DEALER, before you buy.
1998 Ford vehicles (mid-year change, some early 1998 models are still using the 1997 Ford program system A):
Duplicating: Two original keys must be present. Duplicate correct cuts on a new Transponder key. Insert first original key into ignition lock and turn to 'on' position for at least one second. Remove first key from ignition lock. Within 5 seconds, insert a second, different original key into ignition lock and turn to 'on' position for at least one second. Remove second original key from ignition lock. Within 10 seconds, insert the the new duplicate key into lock. Turn new key to 'on' position for at least one second. Repeat entire sequence if additional new duplicate keys are being programmed. A maximum of 8 total keys can operate these vehicles.
Price? $35.00 minimum
If only one original key is available, or if keys are lost programming requires a New Generation Star Tester(NGS). The tester is only available at a Ford dealer. Dealer-only procedure at this time.
Price? ASK YOUR DEALER before you buy.
1998 Toyota Camry LE/XLE, Avalon XLS:
Duplicating: Insert original master key into ignition lock. Depress and release accelerator pedal 5 times. Depress and release brake pedal 6 times. Remove original master key from ignition. Insert new duplicate key into ignition lock. Depress and release accelerator pedal 1 time. After 60 seconds, security indicator light will turn off indicating new key is programmed. Remove new key, press brake pedal once to complete registration mode.
Price? Key blanks are not yet available,ASK YOUR DEALER.
Originating: If keys are lost, a new ECM module must be installed . After installation, insert a new transponder key into ignition. Security indicator light will turn 'on'. When security indicator light turns off, new key is registered. Only 4 keys can be registered for your vehicle.
Price? ASK YOUR DEALER, before you buy.
The information listed above has been collected from dealer service bulletins, owners' manuals and key blank manuals, and contacts within the Locksmith industry. Technology, servicing procedures and key blank numbers are subject to change. Some procedures listed have not been field-tested at time of printing.
Some of this information is considered confidential and not intended for the "general public". This information is provided as a public service. The prices shown are what I charge in Santa Barbara, California. Please check with a Locksmith in your area to verify prices.
I have been "duplicating" keys since the mid fifties and have been a Locksmith in California since 1972. I take security very seriously, however I believe the consumer has a right to know when something will cost a great deal more than is usually assumed.
The information provided here is from a fellow locksmith Lee Dobbs who lives in California.
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