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I need to get a new car key. It has door lock/unlock, and the proximity chip to enable starting the engine.

So far got a lowest quote of $486 from Locksmart. Seems a ripoff, for about an hours work and a little electronic thing.

Anyone suggest any other that might be cheaper? 
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I called in to a jeweller one day who sorted the battery in minutes. It may not work for you, but it's probably a good place to start.
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I need the whole thing. Lost the previous one.
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Son just brought a program and a electronic remote and did his for under $200.nissan.

What sort of vehicle?? not sure if program does just nissan or all vehicles,need to have working remote so it can download from it and program new remote , need right chip. aprox $15 for chip and $15 for remote

Just asked him and his programme does all makes.
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Can you get one from a car wrecker and get it reprogrammed.
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The last time I needed a replacment key was because the buttons literially wore out. I bought a new one from Trademe (about $20?) and put all the old internals into it and everything worked. On a prevoius occasion I brought a Trademe one and the locksmith updated the programming, it was around $100 as the old one still worked for the ignition transponder (but not the doors). Apparently if the transponder bit is broken it would have been a lot more expensive. 
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Got quoted 500 for my toyota . Only had one key  when I got it . You gotta watch  coz the dealer  I had  said that the car has to be set for the new key thus requiring a workshop visit . At this point I realised that   even tho I had explained that I wanted a second key  once the car was set for the new key   .....the old existing one would no longer work, leaving me 500 bucks out of pocket and with still only one key . 
Our previous car was the same  as this one  , when I rote it off   we still had one key , identical to the new cars key but apparently this key cannot be reprogrammed  ( I tried a few places ).
Best plan is to wait untill you loose the remaining key and then claim insurance  ......big job as car will need to be towed to w/shop  for re-keying , est about 1500 bucks ... best hope you loose it somewhere not to inconvenient .Tongue
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Originally posted by letsgetem letsgetem wrote:

I need the whole thing. Lost the previous one.

That certainly changes the picture. Hadn't thought of that.

Years ago a Commodore dealer wanted $80 for a new one. Thinking back now it may not have been such a bad price. 
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Ok. Ive got a new key for the Mitsubishi Outlander 2019, fully working with door lock/unlock, proximity thing to enable starting engine and a spare cut key. 

For $250 from a bloke in West Auckland, ads on Trademe under Quickfix. Phone 021 0260 4688. 
Good service and much cheaper than - Mitusbishi agent $532 - 2 locksmiths cheapest $480 - they are ripping customers off.
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The whole "electronic key" thing makes replacement keys tricky and expensive.  I remember some European manufacturers had red master keys with vehicles, that were needed to reset stuff now and then while you used another key for day to day use.  If you lost one a replacement could only come from the manufacturer and they were hugely expensive, so expensive that losing one could mean an older car being written off as it was worth less than a new key cost.
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Yeah, proximity keys are great - until they get dunked in salt water ...

On the evening of New Years Day we had a callout at 10pm. A guy had got himself stranded by the tide on Mahurangi Island and had called some mates who had called coastguard asking for assistance.  We zipped over from Stanmore Bay in the CG Sealegs and picked him up.  The wheels came in handy as we could drive the bow wheel up onto the rocks a little so he didn't have to get too wet.  We got him back to Waiwera where his car was (he was a nice guy - using his phone to translate, lots of selfies and obvious thanks etc.).

Anyway - he had a Lexus hybrid and the key was stuffed so he couldn't unlock the car. Luckily we had screwdrivers small enough to pull his proximity thing apart and get his manual key out HOWEVER this just meant he could get into the car but not start it!  He had to call some mates to come out with a spare key (it was a warm night so we left him to it - he was dry and could get into his car).

Looking at the inside of his proximity key I would say it had been in salt water a few times.

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Originally posted by Phantom Menace Phantom Menace wrote:

Yeah, proximity keys are great - until they get dunked in salt water ...

On the evening of New Years Day we had a callout at 10pm. A guy had got himself stranded by the tide on Mahurangi Island and had called some mates who had called coastguard asking for assistance.  We zipped over from Stanmore Bay in the CG Sealegs and picked him up.  The wheels came in handy as we could drive the bow wheel up onto the rocks a little so he didn't have to get too wet.  We got him back to Waiwera where his car was (he was a nice guy - using his phone to translate, lots of selfies and obvious thanks etc.).

Anyway - he had a Lexus hybrid and the key was stuffed so he couldn't unlock the car. Luckily we had screwdrivers small enough to pull his proximity thing apart and get his manual key out HOWEVER this just meant he could get into the car but not start it!  He had to call some mates to come out with a spare key (it was a warm night so we left him to it - he was dry and could get into his car).

Looking at the inside of his proximity key I would say it had been in salt water a few times.

My key went through the washing machine.   "anything in your pockets""     "NO"  next minute,Hmm wheres the remote??   Still works 6 months on but the spare no go
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 If  you do dunk  anything like a key fob , TV remote ,watch  etc    you can often minimise damage by quickly  removing the battery and if its dunked in salt water   even running it under fresh water can help. 
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