Join Date: Feb 2009
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Far as I know, ONLY a Honda dealer can replace your key....with one that actually WORKS.
Sure, you can go to Wal*Mart, AutoZone, O'Reilly's, Advance, NAPA, etc. to have a key cut. Said key will open the doors, trunk, and glovebox. But although the starter will turn over, the engine will NOT start. Why? Because of the "Immobilizer Anti-Theft System."
1998 and up, HMC incorporated a microchip into their OEM keys, which must be programmed by a Honda DEALER...in the case a spare or replacement key is necessary.
I would FIRST suggest you get a locksmith to open your driver's-side door...so you can remove your key, then take said key to your dealer to have a "T5" copy made. My dealer's parts department charges about $20 for a "T5" duplicate key.
Otherwise? You may have to have your car TOWED to your dealer, whereby you will have to furnish strict (written) proof that YOU own the car. Expect them to run a VIN check on your car. And expect to pay about $75-$100 for another key. Plus any towing charges.
NOT to insult you, but having only ONE key to your car is as bad as (or worse than) having only ONE key to your home. In either case, a lack of common sense and an exercise in poor judgment. And often very PAINFUL and EXPENSIVE mistakes.