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hi guys,

i've recently lost my intelligent key to my 06 g35 coupe and haven't had the spare key in a while now either. basically meaning i can't drive my car. i contacted a local locksmith and they gave me a quote of $280 to replace the key, labor included. they mentioned something about how they need to order some special part since the car uses a smart or "proximity" key. just wanted to verify whether this information is true and im not getting screwed. also the part i'm confused about is how i was able to start the car with just the spare key, without the fob present. did the spare have some sort of chip it in?

fwiw i live in the south chicago area.

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hi guys,

i've recently lost my intelligent key to my 06 g35 coupe and haven't had the spare key in a while now either. basically meaning i can't drive my car. i contacted a local locksmith and they gave me a quote of $280 to replace the key, labor included. they mentioned something about how they need to order some special part since the car uses a smart or "proximity" key. just wanted to verify whether this information is true and im not getting screwed. also the part i'm confused about is how i was able to start the car with just the spare key, without the fob present. did the spare have some sort of chip it in?

fwiw i live in the south chicago area.

thanks.
Don't know enough about that technology.
If in doubt, get a few quotes or explanations from other like businesses. I often go to the A#1 rated place knowing it'll be a top price quote often times but they know what they are doing. Then I go checking around to see if I get a trustworthy feeling from a smaller shop or independent.

I have an 04 and wanted a spare chip key made ... just a copy of one I had. Ended up finding a guy that worked out of his van and had it done for $70. That was at least half the cost of what I'd have spent elsewhere. He had to plug in his computer to the car but knew what he was doing.

Your situation may be entirely more complicated and pricey due to the intelli key and not having a copy to go from but you may find a deal out there somewhere. I was refered by my car salesman to this guy.

If you know of or have a friend in the car biz, they often have a rolodex (contact list) of specialty people that come in to do various things on used cars, interior fixes, paint chip touch ups, keys etc..... My guess is dealers can sometimes outsource that work cheaper than they can do it themselves.

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My buddy went through something like this and he said it's probably best to go to the dealer to replace the key. Some dealerships will do it for free, while others will charge a half hour to an hour of labor. Good luck.
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