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I just bought a used car for my son (don't worry, he's paying for all of it).  It's a 2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback.  Problem is that it only came with one key which has a chip in it.  I'm sure you know how expensive it is to have a duplicate made.  Anyone know of a cheaper way to have a car key with a chip in it made other than paying anywhere from $60 to $80  :O  at a dealer or lock shop? Or am I screwed?  

Please answer before tomorrow as I think that may be an interesting day on the boards with the new format and all.

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You need the chip key to start the car.

I dont think that a key shop can do a key for you so it may be a Stealership item.


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The keys for my 2001 Jeep had to come from the dealer; however, I "programmed" them myself, avoiding that substantial fee.  Instructions were in the owner's manual.  

I do have a couple of chipless keys that will open the door.  I hide a real key inside, and hide a chipless key in a magnetic holder on the outside of the car when I park it at trailheads.  

Despite the expense, I think that the chipped keys are a good thing.


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Agree with above that your corner locksmith won't be able to duplicate a chipped key.  But, Hikejer, if it's any consolation... your son will be the one paying for the extra key.   :;):

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I just bought a used car for my son (don't worry, he's paying for all of it).  It's a 2004 Mazda 3 Hatchback.  Problem is that it only came with one key which has a chip in it.

Here is some info.

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Here is some info.

-Don-

Thanks so much Don.  I'll give it a shot.  One question if I may:  if I do this wrong, can I screw up the car's ignition system?

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Here is some info.

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Thanks so much Don.  I'll give it a shot.  One question if I may:  if I do this wrong, can I screw up the car's ignition system?

Thanks again.

Hikerjer,
Reading the method that has to be used it looks like you need two chipped keys already in your possession before you can make another one. (comments further on in that post thread about that)  If you only have the one key then you may be screwed.
getting an extra chipped key from dealers is also expensive here in NZ.  :(
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Thanks so much Don.  I'll give it a shot.  One question if I may:  if I do this wrong, can I screw up the car's ignition system?

Thanks again.

In some cars, you can temporary screw it up where it can run for a half mile or so and then everything dies. But as soon as it sees what it wants to see, all is fine.  On your vehicle, it's best to ask in the forum for your car.

Not all cars are the same when it comes to these  chipped up keys.

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Agree with above that your corner locksmith won't be able to duplicate a chipped key.  But, Hikejer, if it's any consolation... your son will be the one paying for the extra key.   :;):

The larger, better locksmiths should be able to do it. You usually do NOT have to go to a dealer unless you want to pay twice as much for nothing.

The better locksmiths with have the same programming equipment as the dealers use. But not much chance for a place that only duplicates keys. You have to go to a real locksmith where locks and keys are the only things they do. There's a few of such here in the SF area that deal with chipped keys and car remotes every day for all makes.

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Thanks again, guys, for all the suggestions.  I'll let you know how it turns out.

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