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Old 02-10-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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So im thinking about buying a wrx. The guy however had lost the key. Does anyone know the cost of having new ones made?
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:21 PM   #2
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:25 PM   #3
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
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That old trick? "Sorry, you can't test drive this because I lost the key, but leave me a deposit if you're really interested. I'll get back to you soon." Car doesn't even belong to him.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:01 PM   #5
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Tell him to get a key made. He wil need the VIN, for when he calls the dealer. They wil give him a key code. Locksmith then can look up the specs to cut a key. I did this last summer because my keys were so worn out. It cost me about $12 iirc. Although that was for my 97 OBS. no chip in the key.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:08 PM   #6
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That old trick? "Sorry, you can't test drive this because I lost the key, but leave me a deposit if you're really interested. I'll get back to you soon." Car doesn't even belong to him.
^this, can't the dealership at least cut the current owner a valet key for cheap too.... I know for my VW the switchblades are super expensive but the valet keys are $60.

If the "owner" wont do that and you absolutely must have the car then:

Carfax the car and/or go to your local registry and have the VIN run. If that comes back clean when you go to check out the car ask for the pink slip and his ID (where I come from a legitimate Bill of sale includes the seller's drivers license number so they should willingly provide this information) and make sure they match.

The other problem I see is that you won't be able to take the car for inspection either if you can't drive it. You should ALWAYS take a car for an inspection before you buy, not doing so is playing with fire, especially if you aren't mechanically inclined or can't get under the car before buying to inspect the frame and undercarriage for damage.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:15 PM   #7
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03's don't have chipped keys so it shouldn't cost too much to have a key re cut, the key fob for the alarm is around $80 from a dealer
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:22 PM   #8
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Tell him to get a key made. He wil need the VIN, for when he calls the dealer. They wil give him a key code. Locksmith then can look up the specs to cut a key. I did this last summer because my keys were so worn out. It cost me about $12 iirc. Although that was for my 97 OBS. no chip in the key.
They will probably need to see the registration too. That way people can't just walk in with a VIN for a car they plan to steal.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:46 PM   #9
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Dealer I used I called, gave them vin they gave me code. No questions asked.
Although the locksmith I went to asked if it was for my car. I said yup it's in your parking lot. He went and looked.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:52 PM   #10
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Thanks guys. The car is clear with title in hand. He is going to take care of it but neither of us was sure what the cost would be.

Thanks for the help
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:00 AM   #11
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OP you shoudn't worry what the cost should be, this is the owners fault and responsibility to replace that key
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:06 AM   #12
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