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FastFoal 06-20-2013 02:40 PM

$250 for a key from the stealership?!
Ok, my car only came with one key and I need another for obvious reasons. I know that I cannot program it myself because I only have one key. My question is do I need to purchase the key itself and have the dealer program it, or can I buy it from ebay, cut it at a locksmith, and then just have the dealer program it only?
I know it's been asked before, but I just wanted to make sure that I didn't need to buy the entire second key from the dealer. $250 is a ton of money for a damn key.

TIA guys.

Andy13186 06-20-2013 03:10 PM

There are some cheap aftermarket keys on ebay for like 20-45$, not sure how well they would work, but i would try that before paying 250 i think..

this one says you must have 2 keys to program it yourself, if not, you can have a locksmith or dealer do it for a small fee.

If you try this and it works out, let us know.

FastFoal 06-20-2013 03:26 PM

Thanks a lot. I figured that was going to be the way to go. I'm going to do that and I'll check back in on how it goes.

05windviel 06-20-2013 03:32 PM

i would check with some locksmiths, i had only one key and temporarily lost it ( it was returned 2 weeks after getting new key ) and they didn't charge me that much to come out cut a key for the door then get it and cut a key for the ignition and program it.

AzPete 06-20-2013 03:52 PM

Local dealer charges $200 to program a new key to a car with one key. Where the key comes from is up to me.

A local locksmith did one for $86, key included. Another dealer told me that locksmiths only recently obtained the ability to program keys based on auto manufactures keeping the info private.

Also, there are at least two different types of programmers for different years of Ford's. I was having an '02 Mustang done, and they were also doing a new Sheriffs Explorer using a different type programmer.

AJ06GT 06-20-2013 04:07 PM

Good to know that locksmiths have the ability to program keys now. That's a huge savings. I only have one key as well, and though that's fine for me right now, a spare would be nice.

The Alien 06-20-2013 04:10 PM

I tried to ask information to Locksmith but they never replied to my email...

So, in my case, I bought on ebay the key, $35 the one with the retractable blade, cut at Home Depot (I don't remember how much) and ask Ford to program the new key, $86.

when done it's strongly recommended to buy another spare key, the cheapest one and program it by yourself (having two working keys). in this way, even if you lose again the key, you have anyway two to program a new one. for sure the 3rd key is cheap and get you safe to do again the hassle

jz 06-20-2013 04:38 PM

I have previously bought the keys from Ebay, and had a locksmith program it. No issues, and was much cheaper than the dealership. I don't see any reason shy you'll have a problem.

cariacou 06-20-2013 05:27 PM

so if you have only 1 key, the dealer charges you $80 but if you have 2, you can do it yourself for free ?!

The Alien 06-20-2013 06:05 PM


Originally Posted by cariacou (Post 8234991)
so if you have only 1 key, the dealer charges you $80 but if you have 2, you can do it yourself for free ?!

it's true for the S197 model, I'm not 100% sure if it's the same on the previous model

with two keys you can program a third one by your own, it's a procedure where you turn on with the first key, then the second and then you use the third in few seconds. I don't have the real sequence, I did once making some attempts and it did work but I think that with a search you can find a better guide than me :)

jz 06-20-2013 06:08 PM


Originally Posted by cariacou (Post 8234991)
so if you have only 1 key, the dealer charges you $80 but if you have 2, you can do it yourself for free ?!

Yep. There's a process in your owner's manual for programming beyond two keys. It's pretty simple to follow. But you need two keys to start with. When you only have one key, a 2nd can not be programmed. What they have to do is hook up to the car, delete the programming from the first and then program both keys. That's why they hit you with an $80+ charge.

FastFoal 06-20-2013 06:58 PM

I'll see if I can find a locksmith too. That may end up being even cheaper.

AzPete 06-20-2013 08:32 PM

The way it was done for my '02 GT was to cut the new key, lay the old one on the counter, go to the car with the new key and the programming equipment, check cut of key in door, plug equipment into on obd ll port and set machine to program key while car switch is in the on position. 10 mins. later he went out and disconnected his equipment, tried the key, billed me $86 and gave me the two keys.

Same procedure on the 13 Explorer next to me but with a different programmer.

Art161 06-20-2013 09:03 PM

I think the reason you can't program a new key if you have only one programmed key is a security feature. It prevents a shady valet parking guy from making a key that will start your car.

808muscle 06-20-2013 11:54 PM

I had my second key made at ace hardware 3.5 years ago. I paid $90.

FastFoal 06-21-2013 12:12 PM

The assistant service manager said he'd cut and program my key for $50 if I bring him one instead of buying the $250 one from him. I ordered one from ebay so lets see if he holds up his end.

Diabolical! 06-22-2013 12:03 AM

The newest ford keys have a different encryption than older Fords. I easily got a key copied at my local Ace Hardware for my '06 Mustang, but my '11 F250 only came with one key and I can't find anyone but the dealership who has the equipment to copy it. Those assholes want $300.

up_yours_7 06-23-2013 10:58 AM

Go to Walmart auto center with your original key and they will make one for $60 that works great!! If you have a key that you want programmed its only$30

FastFoal 06-23-2013 12:39 PM

Walmart can program keys?

up_yours_7 06-23-2013 12:58 PM

The Walmart in my town can. I have had the key for a year with no problems.

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