Is there a cheaper way to replace Toyota key with computer chip?


#1

I’d like to get a spare ignition key (with computer chip) for my '99 Toyota Avalon. the dealer wants $100 for the key and $60 to program it. Is there a way to avoid this blatant rip-off? Is there a cheaper way?



Thanks,



Joe Spivack


#2

Call around to local locksmith shops. Some of them have added the technology to program keys, and can undercut the dealer easily. Start there first.


#3

The only locksmith I could find that does it charges even more then the dealer - $285!! Help!


#4

When my mother-in-law was quoted $80.00 for a new programmable key for her 2002 Ford Taurus, I found some online for $23.00 each. I bought two, got them cut locally, and programmed myself in 5 minutes. The programming directions are both in the owner’s manual and come with the keys.

The place I used was www.amazingkeys.com. They have keys for the 99 Toyota Avalon for $29.99. They provide you the programming instructions, which will work as long as you have at least one good working key.

I agree with jayhawkroy - there are local locksmiths who should be able to do it for much less than the dealer - provided you have at least one working key.


#5

fumble.