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Muttin'

Can an Auto dealer make a spare key with just a VIN number?

I have a 2004 Dodge Ram that has been sitting for a year and we cannot find the keys!
Alpollo:

yes but they will charge you out the wazoo for it. i had the same problem and we took out the door lock and a lock smith only charged me $11 bucks for a key. if it has a computer chip its about $75 but if you go to a dealer its $150+

Muttin':

Good point. I'll call a locksmith, thx bear

Literally Speaking ™:

Yes they can cut a new key for you provided you show ownership of the vehicle, a copy of the title/registration or loan agreement will usually suffice, along with a picture ID.

As was already stated if the key is chipped for what is known as PATS (passive anti theft) the new key will do no good until the vehicle is towed to the dealer so they can program the new key to the electronics of the vehicle, any locksmith can cut a key to enter the vehicle for cheap. but if you wish to operate it, off to the dealer you will go.

Rick:

good one literally

Muttin':

It has electronic lock, but I never use those, Im old fashioned I guess I always just use the key. Locksmith it is. thx LS

Literally Speaking ™:

If your vehicle has PATS the locksmith won't do you any good for starting it, just getting inside it.

Muttin':

Naw, it just has the electronic opener button, but will open and start without ever using the button.

Literally Speaking ™:

I would call the dealer or look in your owners manual 1st before calling a locksmith, otherwise you may be wasting $$$ having them cut a key, you may have PATS and not even know it, my 1997 Taurus has it but I dunno bout your 2004 Dodge. The easiest way to tell is if your key had a large plastic head, those keys usally have a computer transponder chip in them, if it was just a regular looking key, it won't

Ed:

They should be able to.

Muttin':

Thats what I thought, thats why I asked the question... thx Ed

Rick:

no. Lets look at this logically. I see this porsche turbo 959 sitting in a parking lot. I get the vin number which is in the windshield and I go to the porsche dealer and get a key. Wow I now look cool in a $150 thousand car. What do you think?

Literally Speaking ™:

You have to prove ownership at the dealer before they will cut a key

Muttin':

The dealer wouldnt verify the registration of the vehicle to the drivers license?... I dont know, I havent called the dealer, but Bear makes a good point that its probly cheaper to go with the locksmith... thx Rick

Samfisher:

yes they can

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