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Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5130847
06/10/19 09:28 PM
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Wow Dan was robbed.

Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5130880
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When I purchased our 2016 Nissan Quest that was also an ex-rental, it too only came with one FOB. It's the keyless Nissan style where the vehicle has a push button start. The dealer sent a mobile locksmith outfit that they use to me, to make me another FOB. It took 2 computers plugged together into the OBDII port to program the key. It was no problem for the tech doing it, it just looked unnecessarily expensive.

The FOBs themselves can be bought in eBay or the likes for cheap. It/s the programming part that can't be DIY like some make/models can.


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Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5130883
06/10/19 09:58 PM
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National sticks both keys on the key chain, a pain when you rent since they can be really bulky but when they go to sell them both go with the car. I've seen some other rental car agencies hide the spare fob in the spare tire well.


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Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5130911
06/10/19 10:33 PM
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You're kidding! $670!?!?!

Hate to say this, but he got ripped off. I bought a 2013 Altima about 6 weeks ago, and it came with just one key. I went on Amazon and bought one of these keys for $40, and had a local locksmith here in Phoenix program it to my car for $45. Took him all of about 5 minutes.

Now, if he had lost the ONLY key he had for that car, that may have thrown a wrench into the works, but as far as I know, a locksmith with the right equipment can program any number of keys to these Altimas without a whole lot of work.

Bottom line, this kind of thing is EXACTLY why I went and bought a 2nd key for the car ASAP, and got it programmed as soon as I had it. I have since tucked my original key away in a secure location, and I'm using the new, aftermarket key fob as my only/main key. If, for some reason, I lose the key I'm using, I'll be buying another immediately and getting it programmed.


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Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5130929
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I bought a new FOB for my Taurus from Amazon.ca. This works on any 2000-2007 Ford Taurus.
1. Have both FOBs in the car
2. Insert one key into the ignition
3. Quickly turn the ignition on and off 8 times.
4. After the eighth time the doors will lock.
5. Hit any button on one FOB.
6. The doors will unlock and lock again.
7. Hit any button on the 2nd FOB.
All done. If you don’t have both FOBs in the car, the non-present FOB will no longer work.

You Tube has instructions for all sorts of cars. Replace your FOB if you lose one.
smile

Last edited by Snagglefoot; 06/10/19 11:13 PM.

If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5130944
06/10/19 11:17 PM
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Dan only had 1 key fob. The mobile locksmith came out with everything needed, including the new key fob.
2 hours after the call to the locksmith he was back on the road; Dan only lost 1 day of work.
And his car didn't get trashed, towed, etc.

Expensive? Heck yeah.
But it's fixed.

Will he learn? Dunno, hope so.
Will I learn? Probably not. But I do save my money... Ha!


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Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5130947
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Every vehicle that I have ever bought at an auction that did not have a FOB, or a chipped key, I always stopped by the dealer on the way back to the shop with the car on the trailer. I have never paid more than $200.00 for one FOB or key.

When a locksmith has to come to you, your at their mercy. That's a bad place to be.


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Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5130971
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Originally Posted by JeffKeryk
Gotta love all those 20-20 hindsight posts...
I was helping a friend in need.

Of course now he sez he is gonna get 2 more...
2 for $70 on Amazon and $15 each to program.
And I will be keeping one.


As others have noted, it's not really hindsight when you only have one key and you do nothing to get a second key. It's a well known failure method known as single point of failure. You always try to avoid that in any situation. To mitigate that, you'd normally get a second key or maybe attach one of those lost key bluetooth devices to your only key. When you don't do it, then when what seems like the inevitable happens, then there's really no one to blame but yourself for not taking precautions.

That $670 key is more than a Mercedes key, they charge $300-$500 for a key and it takes a couple days to be sent one from Texas, depends if it's a regular key or a keyless go one. The newer cars have even more expensive keys. I think one of the cheapest cars out to get duplicate keys would be the Ford/Mazda ones, you can use a free software package called Forscan to actually delete and add keys to the car's computer.

Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5131066
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I mislaid one of my car keys for several weeks and only found it yesterday. I had got as far as pricing a new one. £300 from a Mercedes dealer or £200 from a local Auto locksmith. The Fob itself is only £16 so it's a good earner for these businesses.


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Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5131107
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After normal prime 9-5 business hours, most Mobile Locksmiths are then on call at home or doing normal life stuff. Calling and getting off hours service and you are going to pay a 200-300% premium for that service.

Been a few years but I locked my keys in my truck and had to call a mobile locksmith service at about 1am. Guy showed up in his sleep cloths and basically told me it was going to be either $500 for a fresh key cut or $250 for him to slimjim my door and get the keys already in there.


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Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5131121
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Here’s the site i use.
Then take to local lock smith.

Plan for the future.
Especially if you have kids driving

https://www.keyless-remotes.com/


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Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5131130
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I would never accept a new or used vehicle with only one key. Exception would be to lower price by dealer cost for additional programed key. Ed


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Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: Eddie] #5131797
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Originally Posted by Eddie
I would never accept a new or used vehicle with only one key. Exception would be to lower price by dealer cost for additional programed key. Ed


Yeah, I've talked to used car dealers and they've admitted that they build in the cost of the extra key if it just has one into the price because they know everyone will want two keys.

Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: JeffKeryk] #5131923
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I think he paid at least double dealer cost.

Re: 2015 Altima Lost Key Fob... [Re: madRiver] #5132008
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Originally Posted by madRiver
I think he paid at least double dealer cost.


I think you are about right. Friend of mine left the keys to his wife's 2015 or 2016 Altima with push button start on the back bumper of his truck. Next day he was driving down the road when he suddenly remembered putting the keys on the back of his truck. He found them a couple miles down the road but as luck would have it, a vehicle had run over the FOB. He tried putting it back together but it would not work. Dealer replaced the FOB with a factory Nissan part and programmed it for $325.

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