Dodge Ram Electronic Ignition Key Questions
I recently acquired a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie with security coded ignition key. Since only one key came with it, I contacted my friendly local Dodge dealer inquiring about duplicate keys and was told the key would run $69.00 per key. My immediate reaction was that was ridiculous. I recently had a Cadillac coded key make at the GM dealer here for $18.00. The question is what is so expensive about this key? Is it the blank or the programming that is expensive? The owner's manual explains how to program a key and it is very simple, but you must have two working keys to program a third. So surely, the programming can't be the expensive part of the operation. And I checked on EBay for blanks. You can buy an un-programmed blank for like $5.00. Since the programming of the key looks fairly simple and the blanks can be had for cheap, where is the cost here? Can I buy a blank off EBay, take it to the local hardware store and have it cut, then take it to the local dealership for programming? How do I get a key at a reasonable price?