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ShaneG

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I only have one key for my car and it has a chip in it ( or something ) how do I get another key for a spare ?
 
The chip in your key is a resistor. When you put your key in the ignition. the resistance is read by the vehicle anti theft unit. If no or wrong resistance is read, the VAT will shut down your ignition.
GM dealer will probably be able to measure the resistance and order you the right key. I have seen a couple of spots on the interweb that sell these at reasonable prices. Some of the corvette clearance places will sell you a new ignition with keys.
If you need to figure out the resistance yourself, use an ohm meter across the key pill. There is 15 different key resistors possibilities.
For everything you might ever want to know about the VATs system, check out this web site: vatssucks.com
ask me how I know............LOL !
 
I went to the dealer here in london They read the key code and a week later I had the new keys in my hand. Real easy and no problems.
Good luck
Eric.


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Just an FYI, if you go to the dealership make sure you have your ownership and the VIN is CLEAR for them to read. They will not cut you or order you a key until it is clear you are the owner. All the dealership needs is the VIN. Also, unless you feel like getting ripped off for them to program it, see if you can find the instrustions for yourself. On any of the vehicles I have owned with VAT it's been a different process between Ford/GM/Mercury/Buick etc. Be prepared for a decent bill for the keys too...they aren't $12 from Canadian tire :)
 
Just an FYI, if you go to the dealership make sure you have your ownership and the VIN is CLEAR for them to read. They will not cut you or order you a key until it is clear you are the owner. All the dealership needs is the VIN. Also, unless you feel like getting ripped off for them to program it, see if you can find the instrustions for yourself. On any of the vehicles I have owned with VAT it's been a different process between Ford/GM/Mercury/Buick etc. Be prepared for a decent bill for the keys too...they aren't $12 from Canadian tire :)

This key request is for the older style VATs System on a C4. There is no programing to be done. The pellet is just a simple resistor. All that is need is the right resistor value in Ohm. Any GM dealer will measure this resistance, then order right key blank to be cut. These are not much money at all. Not like on the newer vehicles.
 
Your local locksmith will have them cheaper. The dealerships are a rip off. My local dealer wanted $50 for a new key. I went to a locksmith instead, it was only $25.

If your near St.catharines checkout Grants Lock and Security.
 
This key request is for the older style VATs System on a C4. There is no programing to be done. The pellet is just a simple resistor. All that is need is the right resistor value in Ohm. Any GM dealer will measure this resistance, then order right key blank to be cut. These are not much money at all. Not like on the newer vehicles.

Ahhhh...ok, wasn't paying attention to the year of the car. Yeah, in like 99+ they became a bit more pricey :)
 
We have mandatory Gov't insurance for cars, trucks etc. Colin The deductible for a windshield replacement is $200.00 . No sweet talkin needed. Also there is no tax on glass. Don't know why though. Must be an 0rganic ot green objet' de art.
Al....
The whole inurance cost for a year for the vette.is $1,400.00 per year, Or 700 for six months, To have insurance for everythin, 5 million liability, earthquake, fire, theft etc. etc. is $200.00 for the six months in rhe garage over winter.
 
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