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Cost to buy a new car key

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Cost to buy a new car key

When I purchased my 2013 Mitsubishi, it only came with one key, it has been on my list to purchase a second set but never got around to it.

This past month, I started my car and went to go scrap the ice off and managed to lock myself out. With no second set of keys there was an easy solution, a hammer to the window.

Now i'm on the search to purchase a second key. The Mitsubishi dealer quoted me for $400 all in which includes programming, key cutting, and has the remote fob for unlock,lock, trunk etc.

I found a guy on the classifieds, quoted me for $75 for just the key cutting & programming , its done on the spot and they come to your house. Its just the physical key, can unlock the door, and start the car, no fob which i'm fine with.

Does anyone know if its legit, i'm a bit skeptical but it seems like a good deal.

Anyone have any preferred shops they've gone to, I don't need a fob, just a key that can start the car and unlock the door.
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Jun 12, 2007
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Try ene from the cheap key cutting thread
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l69norm wrote: Try ene from the cheap key cutting thread
Thanks for directing me, just had a look, doesn't support Mitsubishi.
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When I bought my 2005 Magnum a couple of years ago, it only had one key. I eventually bought a fob key off eBay for about $20 and got it cut, then programmed by the dealer for $80. This amount will vary for different makes, sometimes several hundred dollars for high end cars. I also always lock my car with the door switch instead of the fob and am deathly afraid of accidentally leaving the key inside, so I got a plain key cut to keep in my wallet. When getting these keys cut, if the dealer can't do it from the VIN, I strongly recommend going to a locksmith to get them right.

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