Toyota key replacement in Montreal- Alternative to dealer
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I just replaced a lost key (includes a key fob integrated onto the key shaft and a programmable chip that is needed to start the car) for a 2014 Toyota Corolla. There is a small locksmith company in Montreal that can duplicate the key using an original key.
The cost for one key, including the programming, was $245 plus tax and it took about one hour. The new key is working fine including the buttons for doors and trunk and the warranty is 3 months. Disclosure: I actually had to go there twice because they used the wrong Toyota compatible key blank (a triangular head) on the first try: it started the car and the door buttons worked but the trunk button didn't work. They called me back when they got the right key blank (a rounded head in the same shape as the original key) and then replaced the key in less than an hour. The trunk button now works.
I have also seen some compatible key blanks for Toyota advertised on a few US web sites for $ 80 US, but they specifically stated on the sites that their blank key (with chip) would not work for Canadian Toyota vehicles and I emailed the vendor to confirm that they do not supply key blanks for Canadian Toyota vehicles. For Toyota vehicles, the chip in the key has to be programmed in order for the key to be used to start the car since the car has an anti-theft immobilizer.
1. Quote the FCC id number from the back of your original key when inquiring. This number includes the number of the chip.
2. You need to bring all keys (for that car) with you
3. If you lose all keys, it will be more expensive to replace a key.
4. It is also possible to get a slightly cheaper version of the key if you only need to start the car and don't need the fob buttons.
5. Prysm auto insurance (affiliated with CAA-Quebec) covers key replacement up to $500 total with no deductible.