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Prius Key Fob Duplication
updated: Feb 26, 2014, 12:00 PM

A subscriber is looking for a Prius key fob duplication service. Who in town can do this?

Just looking for advice on who can duplicate an electronic key fob for a Toyota Prius, and ballpark cost.

Places People Are Talking About:

Cal Coast LocksmithHome Improvement Center

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 497976 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 12:07 PM

Have you tried the original manufacturer? or their local dealer?


 COMMENT 497978 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 12:13 PM

If its a transponder key, which im pretty sure they are

Dealership only.

Key fobs that actually start the car need to be programmed by certain equipment, if not by a dealer only. For security reasons.

Sorry but i dont know the cost, but id bet if you bought the fob from the dealer they would cut you a deal. If not plan for an hr of labor


 COMMENT 497988 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 12:41 PM

Customers should demand car makers return to old-fashioned metal keys. They cost 75 cents to copy anywhere.

And they don't illegally blast the horn every time you use them.

Are people really so feeble that they can't use a key?


 COMMENT 497992 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 12:50 PM

On my new Nissan, the transponder key provides a built-in security function. I like that aspect. And I can program whether I want the horn to give a yelp or not when locking/unlocking the doors.

I recently visited Cal Coast Locksmith on Orange Ave in Goleta and they said they can make some transponder keys. I'd give them a call, nice folks.


 COMMENT 497993 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 12:52 PM

988 Ours doesn't blast the horn when used. I'v appreciated the safety factor. I'm older now, and it takes me longer to unlock and lock the door, sometimes I fumble with the keys. No area of town is "safe".


 COMMENT 497995 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 12:59 PM

Dealership only and they are about $500.


 COMMENT 498001 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 01:08 PM

Home improvement can copy keys with chips in them.
Not sure about a Toyota but some fobs can be purchased cheaply and programmed easily, Ford's usually allow this.
Check amazon, if there are no fobs it's probably dealer only


 COMMENT 498002 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 01:10 PM

It is a dealer item only - you will need your VIN# - depending on the year of the vehicle, the cost varies between $250-$350. The dealership almost always will need you to bring the car in so that they can calibrate it to the new fob but you can get the process started over the phone. Good Luck.

And....that little beep on the fob is just your Prius asking the general public to save it from it's owner.


 COMMENT 498003 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 01:14 PM

I just had mine done for a Mazda 3. I had to use the dealer. Santa Barbara locksmiths couldn't do it. It was about $200.


 COMMENT 498037 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 02:21 PM

Been there, done that. Toyota dealer, and it will cost you close to the $500 cited by an earlier respondent. I opted to live with one key rather than pay that kind of money when I lost mine a few months ago. I agree we need to return to metal keys.

Also, the next time I buy a new car, I will demand a 3rd fob as part of the final negotiation.


 COMMENT 498041 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 02:34 PM

ebay has some fobs on auction, maybe they would work for you. The one I saw is up to $86 with 2hrs left on the auction.

ehow dot com tells you how to program the fob to work with your car by inserting it and removing it 5 times.

Cheaper than the dealer and more fun too.


 COMMENT 498064 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 03:39 PM

041 describes an accurate option. I went on ebay and found the fob that fit my car (Tahoe), then programmed it with online instructions or instructions provided with fob. My electronic owners manual also told me how to do it. Additionally, you could go on you tube and see how to program. Would have paid five times the cost from the dealer


 COMMENT 498091 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 04:33 PM

Home Improvement Center on Gutierrez does it.


 COMMENT 498102P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 05:03 PM

Call Home Improvement Center and ask.


 COMMENT 498112P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-26 05:43 PM

As 041 says, look on ebay for "replacement key for Prius." Cheap.


 COMMENT 498167 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-27 03:24 AM

Does this apply to Volvo? This whole electronic key fob thing is SUCH a racket!


 COMMENT 498169 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-27 03:36 AM

Calling it a racket is putting it mildly. The key is built into the fob on my VW Passat station wagon. I was able to buy a blank replacement fob/key online for half what the dealership wanted and took it to Cal Coast in Goleta to be programmed. Unfortunately for consumers, the VW people cleverly designed the device in such a way that final programming must be done by a VW dealer to properly fully activate it. Due to this and other such eccentricities, this is going to be my very last VW, a brand to which I have been loyal for decades.


 COMMENT 498176P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-27 06:41 AM

Home Improvement doesn't do foreign cars - only domestic brands.


 COMMENT 498179 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-27 06:52 AM

Note that the remote entry key fob may be separate from the key, or built into the key head. Also the key may have a security transponder in it.

You usually program the car to the key fob/transponder. note the other way around.

Can be easy like on our Chevy where you could do it as long as you had one original factory key in your hand or with our Windstar where you could copy the key at any locksmith and then program the car to recognize it for free as long as you already had two working keys and read the owners manual.

On the other hand, certain VW's must go to the dealer for expensive reprogramming from a computer console if you get a new key (or if you let the battery in the car go dead for too long - big bummer). Ask Toyota what the story is on your specific model or check your owners manual.


 COMMENT 498367 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-27 01:34 PM

Can't you just keep the remote to get in the car and hotwire the ignition to work with a cheap switch? Or would the car computer lock up if you tried to do something simple like that?


 BEACHSONG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-27 01:52 PM

Call Home Improvement and check. They made an Infiniti replacement key for us $75-$85, but couldn't program it. We get by with 1 fob and 1 backup. Also check on Amazon.


 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-01 09:19 AM

I hate the horn blasts. They always startle me. When I bought my RAV, I had them lower the sound so low, I can hardly find it in a parking lot, but at least it doesn't scare anyone.



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