Originally Posted by TheDesertFox1942
Cant the dealer just take the VIN# and program a plain key?
No, they have to have the car to program the key. Even if you were to walk into Nissan with a key they would cut it, but can not program it with out the car, and while this is being done, your original key(s) get re-programed so all key will work.
Kind of works like the key fob. If you buy a new one, when you program it, all other key fobs for the car have to be re-programed at the same time so that they will work as well. Otherwise only the new key fob will work.
I'm not sure how the programing works for the keys, because there was a guy here who got a key cut at a flea market, and the locksmith did program it and well as the originals, So if its not programed like the Key Fobs, the programer is portable.
So with all that mombo jumbo, if you can find a locksmith that has the ability to do the programing, and is moble, that would be the way to go, might be a little more spendy than the dealers price, but think about the money you will have to spend on a tow truck to get it there.