advice on where to get extra keys made

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by joeshmoe, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. joeshmoe

    joeshmoe Guest

    Does anyone know of a cheaper place to get Honda keys made other than the

    I just found out that they charge $52.00 for the key plus $50 to program it.
    Even the valet keys need to be programmed.

    Is there a cheaper option available?


    joeshmoe, Dec 27, 2006
  2. joeshmoe

    Howard Guest

    You probably won't find many locksmiths willing to invest the thousands of
    dollars in equipment and technology needed for each manufacturer. Some of
    the brands keys and programmings are the same, some are not. But there are
    some locksmiths that will.
    Actually the price you're quoting is one of the most reasonable I've heard.
    But, that also depends on what year Honda you have, because there are
    different kinds of programming to a Honda depending on the year
    Howard, Dec 27, 2006
  3. Find another dealer. Sheesh. That's just extortion.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Dec 27, 2006
  4. joeshmoe

    Xanth Guest

    When I got my 03 and needed an extra master key, I called around and found a
    locksmith that said he could make the key for a dollar amount. ( dont
    remember the exact quote)
    I called a the dealer I bought the car from and another dealer closer to my
    house. Got 2 different prices and the local dealer was the cheapest, even
    lower than the locksmith.

    Cars are becoming more and more of a dealer repair shop and parts supplier.

    Xanth, Dec 27, 2006
  5. joeshmoe

    tww Guest

    The newer keys (like my 06 Accord) from Honda integrate various functions
    like door locks on the key rather than a separate fob. Those keys are more
    expensive. If yours is the case, then $52 plus programming is quite cheap.
    We previously owned a Lexus RX 300 where the integrated key was $200.00 not
    to include programming.
    tww, Dec 27, 2006
  6. joeshmoe

    Howard Guest

    "Find another dealer. Sheesh. That's just extortion."

    Not exactly correct. You didn't mention your model, but consider the
    Many of the immobilizer keys today include the remote fob in the key. These
    keys retail in the mid 40's to mid 50 dollar range. The programming on many
    of the new Hondas require a visit in the shop where the electronic
    equipoment is hooked up to the car, the computer on the car is reprogammed
    as far as the key code is concerned and then each key the owner has for the
    car must be programmed to match. The labor quote of $50 is not excessive and
    actually reasonable considering most dealer labor rates around the country
    averages $70's to over $100 per hour. Keep your dealer!
    Howard, Dec 27, 2006
  7. joeshmoe

    TomP Guest

    Best I can tell you, from your lack of information is, if your imobi system
    uses rolling code transponders, you're screwed. Otherwise a clone key will work
    and could be much cheaper.


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    TomP, Dec 30, 2006
  8. joeshmoe

    L Alpert Guest

    I've used these guys before.

    I see they now charge $89 for an activation of the key. It used to be about
    $40 when I had it done about 3 years or so ago, so it may not be such a good
    deal as it used to be, but there were no problems with it.
    L Alpert, Jan 6, 2007
  9. Find another dealer and keep having your key made from your dealer.
    Newhope via, Jan 7, 2007
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