I bought the flip key(switchbland type) from ebay.
It took just 2 minutes to take out inside of the original Lexus remote key
and place it inside the new flip key. That was the simple part.
Next, I went to the Home Deport. The keycutting guy didn't want to do it.
He didn't seem very confident about it...
I went across the street to Lowe's. The keycutting girl(I said girl because
she turned out to be only 20-years-old) took both keys and cut it for me
while I waited. She asked me to try it in my car first, so we both went
to the dark parking lot. I first tried the front doors, and then the ignition.
It was a perfect fit. I started the car up without any problems. We went
back inside and I paid the keycutting fee. It was only $14.
The story didn't have a happy ending, however. Two weeks later, I dropped
my car off at Lexus to get the 200,000-mile service done. (yes, 200,000-mile)
$1400 service, but it included a ton of stuff... anyway, I went back that
evening around 11pm to pick it up.(the dealer is open 365 days a year,
5AM-12 midnight EVERY single day, including Christmas!) They lost my key.
Apparently a couple of mechanics was really amused by my non-OEM key
and they passed it around. Eventually, it went missing. They had tried to
call me, but I didn't have my cell with me at work that day. It was 11:20PM
and the service advisor apologized. She gave me a loaner RX hybrid and I
went home. I came back the next afternoon and drove away in my car with
a spare remote key.
Two days later, the service advisor called me and said that the replacement
remote key had arrived. It was free of charge, but it was still just the
original Lexus remote key. I spoke with the service manager who refused to
pay for the lost flip key. However, he finally gave me and agreed to give me
$100 off my next service visit. I made sure he put it in writing...