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So I had a rough weekend flying out of town for a funeral and I lost the only car key I had left. I have an 05 Accord with a key fob, is there any effecient and less costly way for me to get a copy? Honda dealership said it would be $200 and Id have to get my car towed there which is another $150.

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is there any effecient and less costly way for me to get a copy?
Pretty sure, just like most cars of this generation, you can't just "copy" these keys, they have to be programmed at a dealer.

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You can find keyblanks online and possibly a local locksmith to cut them. But there's a chance they will not cut them because the key could damage the bit in their cutting machine. They may or may not have the ability to program the key to the car.

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I've bought blanks online and gone to Batteries Plus, just bring proof of ownership and the VIN. They have the programmer and can cut the keys. Might want to call ahead I have run into certain locations that don't have an operator on staff to do the Honda keys at certain times of the day.

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I lost the only car key I had left. I have an 05 Accord with a key fob, is there any effecient and less costly way for me to get a copy? Honda dealership said it would be $200 and I’d have to get my car towed there which is another $150.
Only key left? Do you have a habit of losing keys?

In order for a dealer to make you a new key (without a current key) you will need to show proof of ownership of the vehicle through a title or registration.

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Maybe your auto insurance or AAA, if you're a member, will cover the tow..?

And maybe your homeowner's (or renter's) insurance will cover the replacement key?

Just trying to look on the brighter side...
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Maybe your auto insurance or AAA, if you're a member, will cover the tow..?

And maybe your homeowner's (or renter's) insurance will cover the replacement key?

Just trying to look on the brighter side...
The tow maybe if the OP has that as a paid option on their auto policy.

Homeowners or renters? The deductible would be high enough to where the $250 key would come out of pocket anyway.

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The tow maybe if the OP has that as a paid option on their auto policy.

Homeowners or renters? The deductible would be high enough to where the $250 key would come out of pocket anyway.

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Why jump to conclusions? Let's wait until the OP responds about towing coverage and homeowner/renter insurance deductibles...
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I've bought blanks online and gone to Batteries Plus, just bring proof of ownership and the VIN. They have the programmer and can cut the keys. Might want to call ahead I have run into certain locations that don't have an operator on staff to do the Honda keys at certain times of the day.
I never would have thought of Batteries Plus for locksmithing. I learned something new. So what was the cost for such service?

Edit: Looked it up myself. $30 for a basic transponder key, with programming included. $84 for the key fob with Lock, Panic, Trunk, Unlock buttons. Certainly beats a Honda dealer.

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To be clear, to get a key cut is not that difficult.

Your real issue is the immobilizer- you need to get a new key's immobilizer chip programmed to your specific car's computer (the ECU) and it's immobilizer anti-theft system. This is usually a dealer thing- as most locksmiths cannot program a Honda immobilizer chip.

This Batteries Plus thing sounds interesting (thank you!)- would be great if you could mention if that cost is based on bringing in an existing, working key with an immobilizer chip; or if that cost is for a car with no working key (how does THAT work?)

There is a product that another member mentioned in the epic "V6 manual transmission swapped into a sedan automatic" thread over in the 9th Gen sub-forum. https://www.driveaccord.net/forums/8...-6mt-swap.html
That product can be ordered on eBay and used to program a Honda chip.

You should call around various dealers and ask how much they would charge- you will get varied pricing.

And this is EXACTLY why when you get a used car and only one key- your first order of business should be obtaining key#2. Then changing fluids and other maintenance, of course.

EDIT: And by "programming"- I mean the programming that makes the key's immobilizer chip, computer, and the immobilizer itself all talk to one another so that you can start the car. I do NOT mean programming the key FOB to simply unlock your doors and windows and trunk.
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Many locksmiths with mobile capacity have the unit to program new keys and they can come out to where the car is, no tow to a dealer required but they're going to charge for the drive. Call and ask around, programming keys, or a used ECU for the existing keys, is NOT a dealer only thing, not sure why people think that.

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I was once quoted 125 by batteries plus to replicate my key. They are not that cheap.

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