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You first need to get the right key with the resistor-chip in it. Once you get that, anyone that can cut double sided keys can cut the key. It is getting the proper resistance-key that one must do first.
I paid about $10 for the blank key and less than $5 to have it cut at my local locksmith.
Anyone have a spare key or two made for this beast? what is a fair price to pay to have a key made? what does the dealership charge? is a locksmith a better place to have them made?
Check out a sponsor- KeyLess.com and pick your car, year. You should run it by Chevrolet to determine what number resistance key chip you have on the other keys so you can provide KeyLess with that info. Fairly inexpensive (20 bucks) and OEM parts as far as I know.
There is a way to test the key's resistance with an Ohmmeter and there is a chart somewhere on here that corresponds with which key one will need for their car. One does not need to go to the dealer for that.
The dealer tried to tell me that I had to go and pay them to cut the key or it would not work, dealers, I swear.
I ordered my key off ebay using their resistance chart, measured the resistance with an ohm-meter. Key was roughly 12 bucks, and $4 for a locksmith to cut it. Home depot and menards refused to cut it saying it was a security key and would not start the car. I attempted to inform them i pre-ordered the correct resistance for the chip, but they didnt seem to know what that meant and refused to cut it anyway
Fleabay for bbout $10 after measuring resistance and less than $2 to cut it
Look for a VATS key after finding resistance value. Skip HD and call around to local locksmiths. Mine charged $1.50. Cut one wrong and ate it (replaced it with another blank). Skip the dealer. A VOM can be had for under $3 at Harbor Freight. My dealer did measure my key using his special gadget for free but a VOM is all you need.
dealer charged me $24 for the chip key, $4 for a regular key. they stuck the chip key in a electronic box, and it was "2". so we go to the computer to order, and there was only one "2" chip key in the Chicago district. I am 260miles from Chi town,but the local dealer says that the district they are in.