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help on 2003 Nissan Altima i lost my key!!!!

i have a 2003 nissan altima and i lost my key and i contacted the dealership and the dealer said i have to take the car to the dealership then they are going to make me a key and there going to reprogram the key and there going to charge me $95. BUT THE PROBLEM IS I CANT TAKE MY CAR THERE BECAUSE I HAVE NO KEY?IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY I CAN DO THIS PLEASE HELP?

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Usually locksmiths have mobile trucks that can come out to a vehicle and make a key for you on the spot...but it will be pricey. I got an estimate for like $75.00 replacement key and programmed, but thats in their store..

That would be the ONLY way I can think of...unless u want to pop your ignition, and basically "hot wire" the car...but thats a lot of damage to repair...

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Cant the dealer just take the VIN# and program a plain key?

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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.



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your friends or family members dont have AAA?

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You might need to tow it there.
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wheres the other set? usually get 2 sets yea?

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wheres the other set? usually get 2 sets yea?
2 sets and a valet key.
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yeah man I just come out of that same problem. I had to tow my car thier. I got luck and found a tower for $40 but key did cost me $75 and reprogram about $50 to 60 more. Go to e-bay and buy a key. Nissan do not cut keys. If you put your key side by side of any nissan key. IT... THE..... SAME. tHE KEY ARE ALL CUT.
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Go to e-bay and buy a key. Nissan do not cut keys. If you put your key side by side of any nissan key. IT... THE..... SAME. tHE KEY ARE ALL CUT.
what?
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no, that cant be right, just checked the sentra key is different then my altima key and the valet keys are different too.
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For the altimas the key has a chip in it. If you put a nissan key in the ignition without that chip or with the chip but not programmed to the car, your car will not start. If you go to nissan and give them your vin number of the car they can cut a key for you, but you have to show them that you own the car. You will still have to tow the car there but atleast you will be able to get in the car.
My recommendation is if you know a mechanic, any regular mechanic shop and have a friend there, you could ask them to call the dealer for you and have them say that the shop lost the key. Mechanic shops usually get a nice discount for things like this. Also have the shop ask the service center to program the key (there is a discount there as well) Do not get a keyless remote from the dealer. Just have them cut the key or keys and program it.
To get a remote, get it from ebay or if you want I have like 5 extra ones with the simple instructions of how to program the remotes to the car. Each for like $15.
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is it true that when programming an extra remote, you have to program the first one again too, b/c i heard that if you program the extra one, the first one will stop working unless you program that one too at the same time as the extra.
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When programming a new remote you have to program all the remotes at once. Trust me though it is SOOOO EASYYYY!!! It takes honestly like 2 minutes or less!!!! To program a remote u hit one button while the car is in the accepting remote mode.

On a side note. While you are programming make sure ur not in a parking lot full of Nissans because if someone is trying to get into their own car, you dont want their remote to program to your own car. HAHA That Would be Funny!!!!

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I'm sorry for being the latest person on this but let me get this straight. Only the DEALER can reprogram a key? Also, where can one purchase a key with a chip in it aside from the dealer?

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