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I have a 2000 S70 which i bought used and it only came with one key and one remote. I figure its pretty essential to have a spare key, so I ordered one thorugh the used car dealer/repair shop where I bought the car. I guess it will cost around $120 overall, because it has to be cut by Volvo, and then I have to take the car to a shop that can download the vehicle data and program the key (perhaps for the immobilizer?). Getting a second remote would have been even more so i didn't bother. I called Volvo about pricing and they quoted me even more for a spare key than the shop did.<p>My question is, why is the key and remote so expensive? And what is it that they have to do at the shop when they program the key to my car?
 

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Re: Expensive Replacement Keys (ericd)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ericd</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>My question is, why is the key and remote so expensive? And what is it that they have to do at the shop when they program the key to my car?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Go get a key for a late model MBZ or BMW, try over $400 per key!<br>Sure Volvo keys are a rp off but what are you going to do?<br>Key $$, Remote$$, software$, dealer ripoff for download $$$!
 

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Re: Expensive Replacement Keys (ericd)

My understanding is that the 99 and up keys have to be programmed which is why they are so expensive. Only a dealer can do it I believe. The cost is like $80 so with mark up it makes sense that you'll pay $120. The 98 and older don't need programming so you can get it copied anywhere but its easier to just order one from a local shop or dealer ($20 cost + mark up) and it will be a perfect fit....never know with aftermarket keys.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dobiegillis</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> The 98 and older don't need programming <B>so you can get it </B><B>copied anywhere....</B>never know with aftermarket keys.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Not true, still needs to be "cut" at a dealer. Software is <B>not necessary</B> but your average key shop cannot do these anymore<br>Sincerely, Maynard G Krebbs
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Not true, still needs to be "cut" at a dealer. Software is <B>not necessary</B> but your average key shop cannot do these anymore<br>Sincerely, Maynard G Krebbs</TD></TR></TABLE><p>True...I have a '98 and it was a dealer only issue...keys and FOB alike.
 

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I've never seen a local key shop that has the ability to laser cut our keys. The key code is attached to your VIN. Volvo farms out their key "cutting" responsibilities to an outside company. VTNA goes through a laser key cutting company called Huf. I'm guessing VCNA does the same because my keys look identical to the keys we have made for our trucks. Actually, it wasn't until the 2006 model year that we could stock a blank key for Volvo trucks because now the key cutting process changed.<p>As far as chipped keys, I don't know.
 

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Re: Expensive Replacement Keys (ericd)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">My question is, why is the key and remote so expensive? <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Because they can get away with it. Now you know why they're known as 'stealerships'.<p>FWIW, you can buy used remotes on fleabay for ~$20, but the caveat is that they may not work w/ your car. Had I known the cost of a key (non-chipped) and a remote, I would have had the seller take that off the purchase price when I bought the car, as he only had one key/remote to offer.
 

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I've been told by a Volvo specialist that they know of places that will cut the keys but they aren't that reliable. Mine was only $20 to order via the dealer but I got it at cost.
 
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