The non-smart keys....the ones with the metal keys, and still has the door lock, gate button do not have a security chip. You can go to the hardware store and get one cut for $10.
I'd get a key cut, then run the head off on a grinder, until it fit snug, sideways inside a credit card slot in my wallet.
DO NOT wait until both are destroyed. It might have been here, it might have been regarding another vehicle, but I read someplace that if both keys are lost or destroyed there is no choice but to ship modules to the vehicle manufacturer for re-programming, not even the dealer can do it.actually use/destroy the one(s)
I know this is true for some older vehicles, such as my 98 Wrangler, where one active key was required to delete or add another. Without it, you have to replace and program a new module. That said, I'd be surprised if this was still true with how advanced many of the systems in modern cars are, and how advanced diagnostics and even remote start can be performed without even plugging into the OBDII port. Would love to know for sure though if anyone has been through this before.DO NOT wait until both are destroyed. It might have been here, it might have been regarding another vehicle, but I read someplace that if both keys are lost or destroyed there is no choice but to ship modules to the vehicle manufacturer for re-programming, not even the dealer can do it.
I consider this add on fee something link an insurance policy against key loss. I usually choose to self insure against a key loss or key destruction by being willing to pay the required cost should that become necessary. In over 50 years of auto ownership I have never lost a key. So far I'm ahead.Closing in on final price for 2022 Touring 2.5i . Dealer wants to add a "Safe-Key" fee which is basically insurance for lost key fob, includes lock out service ... Cost is $349. This certainly could be considered a dealer "junk fee" but is not totally without some value.
Anyone tried to bargain for reduced cost & if so, how did that go?.
I wouldn't fall for it. A few calls at midnight to their home phone saying "I need a lockout service" ought to do the trick, I would think ....I know that Honda only provides one key (COVID microchip shortage), and will mail you another key when they can get it in. The dealerships are certainly taking advantage of pushing a similar "key insurance plan", when they only hand you one key and scare you into buying something from them.