Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > RX Models > RX - Second Generation
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

Lost Key: What Are My Options?

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-31-13, 10:15 AM   #1
DriverDad
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: TX
Posts: 28
Default Lost Key: What Are My Options?

I lost my key and do not have a spare. The lexus dealership is saying I would have to pay 150 for a tow, 258 for labor to flash the master computer and reprogram the key, 200 bucks for the key...so over 600 dollars for a replacement key! Yikes!

I just wanted to check to see if there were any other options available.
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!
DriverDad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-13, 10:47 AM   #2
Rainbird
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: California
Posts: 1,346
Default

I assume then that you do not have the "credit card emergency key" that came with the vehicle when new? Also there is a key ring with an aluminum strip that has the "key code". It also came with the vehicle when new.
__________________
2007 RX350 - Savannah Metallic
Thundercloud Grille
Rainbird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-13, 10:50 AM   #3
DriverDad
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: TX
Posts: 28
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rainbird View Post
I assume then that you do not have the "credit card emergency key" that came with the vehicle when new? Also there is a key ring with an aluminum strip that has the "key code". It also came with the vehicle when new.
I don't have those. I bought the car used, and it didn't come with that.
DriverDad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-13, 10:58 AM   #4
RX330inFL
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: FL
Posts: 4,000
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DriverDad View Post
I don't have those. I bought the car used, and it didn't come with that.
Then you are pretty much at their mercy as any other solution is going to take some time. Especially this time of year. Not just a matter of having a key cut, but you also need to have the electronics piece which go into the key and then you need to have that programmed to your vehicle using the Techstream computer setup.

While making you one you might as well find out what they would charge you for two.

You will want to ask to make sure the dealership removes all the other key codes from your RX.
RX330inFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-13, 12:56 PM   #5
kickin8
2IS/2RX
Trader Score: (1)
 
kickin8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 6,470
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RX330inFL View Post
While making you one you might as well find out what they would charge you for two.
Or at least another valet key.....
__________________

HIS: 07' IS250 6MT Tungsten Pearl/Black
F-Sport Intake / F-Sport Quick Shifter / Aluminum Pedals / ARC Shift****
Linea Corsa Dyna / White Illuminated Door Sills / Canadian IS All Weather Floor Mats

HERS: 07' RX350 AWD Millennium Silver / Gray
Canadian RX All Weather Floor Mats (gone)
WeatherTech FloorLiner
kickin8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-13, 10:06 PM   #6
Carver
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
Carver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Dallas, Texas
Posts: 1,628
Default

You're in a tough situation with no key at all so you'll have to pay for your rapage. You might try another dealer if there is another close, you might beg for mercy (worked for me on my first RX. Don't order two keys at 200 a pop, get a spare one from eBay and have it cut at the dealer.
Carver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-14, 06:41 AM   #7
RX330inFL
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: FL
Posts: 4,000
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carver View Post
Don't order two keys at 200 a pop, get a spare one from eBay and have it cut at the dealer.
Problem being is that many dealerships will not cut a key you did not purchase from them. They will give all sorts of excuses, however, in the end the result is the same.
RX330inFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-14, 08:53 AM   #8
hypervish
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
hypervish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NJ
Posts: 4,767
lexusvishal
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RX330inFL View Post
Problem being is that many dealerships will not cut a key you did not purchase from them. They will give all sorts of excuses, however, in the end the result is the same.
Stealerships near me don't care, they charge $20-$30 to cut them.

If your stealership won't do it, you can find a locksmith who cuts sidewinder keys.
__________________
hypervish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-14, 09:53 AM   #9
NYKnick101
Lexus Test Driver
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: NY
Posts: 1,201
Default

Your only workaround is to tow through your insurance company, they usually pay for it if you have that coverage so that right there will save you $150. You can also buy blank and uncut smart keys keys from a ton of vendors for cheaper than 200. There is probably no way out of that programming fee though so that 258 is a must
NYKnick101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-14, 12:40 PM   #10
RX330inFL
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: FL
Posts: 4,000
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hypervish View Post
Stealerships near me don't care, they charge $20-$30 to cut them.

If your stealership won't do it, you can find a locksmith who cuts sidewinder keys.
I am sure there are many who would also have no problem cutting the key for you just as there are many who will not. What I was trying to imply was that by walking into the parts department and asking for a key to be cut for you may be declined. Then there is more aggravation on what to do next. Best to check in advance.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NYKnick101 View Post
Your only workaround is to tow through your insurance company, they usually pay for it if you have that coverage so that right there will save you $150. You can also buy blank and uncut smart keys keys from a ton of vendors for cheaper than 200. There is probably no way out of that programming fee though so that 258 is a must
My thoughts here about purchasing two keys from the dealer is that they may only charge once for programming the keys. However, if the OP purchases one from the dealer, orders up another online, brings that in to be cut and then programmed to the vehicle he may be subject to a second charge for programming.

All around I agree that this dealer is screwing the customer. Charging $258 to program any amount of keys is outrageous, IMO. This is perhaps a 15 minute job, 30 tops from start to finish, so it should be only a singe hour labor charge by the book. Even the price for the keys is overpriced. If there was another Lexus dealership in the area I would recommend he try them. But, if this is his only car there are perhaps few other choices for him to make other than trying to find the original key to begin with.
RX330inFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-14, 11:05 PM   #11
DriverDad
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: TX
Posts: 28
Default good news!

I ended up finding my key!!! So glad!

Now I need to get a spare. What's the cheapest way to go about getting a spare key?
DriverDad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-14, 01:13 AM   #12
Carver
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
Carver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Dallas, Texas
Posts: 1,628
Default

eBay is good for blanks and transmitters, here's one for 60 bucks.



Check with your dealer to see if they will cut it and program it. Apparently some dealers refuse to help but I've never experienced that, last time I had one done they didn't charge me.
Carver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-14, 01:28 AM   #13
RX330inFL
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: FL
Posts: 4,000
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DriverDad View Post
I ended up finding my key!!! So glad!

Now I need to get a spare. What's the cheapest way to go about getting a spare key?
Perhaps in the last place you looked?

Cheapest way would be to find an uncut key with electronics on eBay. Then get someone to cut the key for you. After that you can get the dealership to program to your vehicle for you. The latter you can shop around to other Lexus dealerships if possible as it looks like your local dealership is out to rob you blind.
RX330inFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-14, 01:29 AM   #14
RX330inFL
Lexus Champion
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: FL
Posts: 4,000
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carver View Post
Check with your dealer to see if they will cut it and program it. Apparently some dealers refuse to help but I've never experienced that, last time I had one done they didn't charge me.
Not every shop is as nice as Sewell.
RX330inFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-14, 01:29 AM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
lost key SC430inVA SC 430 17 01-20-14 08:00 AM
No Master Key rashanp102 GS - Second Generation 7 10-09-12 12:41 PM
Lost all keys, reflashed ecu... SloStng ES300 and ES330 1 06-10-10 09:53 PM
lost key 94 sc400 willhickey SC 400/300 8 04-21-10 09:32 PM
Lost master key 95 sc300 grhopper Lexus Audio, Video, Security & Electronics 4 10-24-06 08:55 PM


Tags
ct200h, keys, lost

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:10 PM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info