My wife drives an 08 patriot with keyless entry that i lost my key to. I went to the dealer ship today and they want 146.00 for the key, and an additional 40 to program. Is there a cheaper alternative to this or do i just need to bite the bullet. Thanks in advance.
That new keyless entry (no key at all) is a killer. I haven't looked for their replacements yet but if you only have one I'm sure the dealer would have to program it. There should be a number on the outside of the case of the one that you have left. Google or search ebay for that number and see if anything comes up.
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I lost the remote for my pickup last year, and the dealer wanted a crazy amount of money to replace it. So I started calling locksmiths and found a couple that could do it for a fraction of the price and the one I hired even drove to my work and programmed the remote right there for me. Might be worth looking into. A lot of those locksmiths have the same technology the dealers have. If I remember correctly, I think I only paid around $50 for my new remote. So I bought 2 for less than the dealer wanted for 1.
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Be sure to only use OEM keys, not aftermarket. You can get them through a locksmith fairly cheap, considering what they cost at a dealer. Programming is generally about the same as the dealer charges. If you happen to have 2 keys and are wanting a 3rd key, you can program that yourself. Directions are in your owner's manual.