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Question: Is it better to get a new key and Fob from GM dealer, or get the fob online?
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Question: Is it better to get a new key and Fob from GM dealer, or get the fob online?
Welcome to the forum.

1. The key needs to be cut and tested.

2. The fob needs to be programmed and tested

(The dealer is a one stop solution, but more expensive than online.)

If I knew how experienced you are, I'd be able to give you a better answer.

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I bought two new fobs online and had them programmed at a local locksmiths store who advertised programming key fobs. Saved me about $100 from going to GM.
Got new keys out of the ignition switch recall, so didn't need to get them done.

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If you have a key blank (with RFID chip) you can get it cut at any store that does key cutting. Then you can program it to the car yourself, providing you have at least one working key already.

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If this is a brand new fob, then as Dave says (^) you'll have to get it programmed, either at the dealer, or at a locksmith that has the equipment to do it. You cannot do it yourself. The only alternative is a Dorman replacement that comes with its own programmer.

If you are just replacing the fob for cosmetic reason, then you can buy a cheap shell from eBay and swap the innards over to it. Then no need for programming.

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I just went through this recently. I bought the new keys at the dealership because I wanted them cut from the VIN rather than being cut from my key as my key was twisted, but still worked. Programming them is simple. Paid ~30 per key, which seemed about an par with anywhere else.

However, the FOBs I bought on-line. You can buy a pair of them for 11 bucks. I did go to the dealer to have them programmed, but it didn't cost me anything since one of my soccer friends is a mechanic there. What they charge may vary...
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I bought aftermarket flip key style fob+key to replace the 2 piece oem ones (~$25 each?). I was able to get the fob programmed using a Dorman fob programmer ($50). Cutting the keys cost $8 a key. Will post pictures when i get the chance, but highly recommend going this route.
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I just went through this recently. I bought the new keys at the dealership because I wanted them cut from the VIN rather than being cut from my key as my key was twisted, but still worked. Programming them is simple. Paid ~30 per key, which seemed about an par with anywhere else.

However, the FOBs I bought on-line. You can buy a pair of them for 11 bucks. I did go to the dealer to have them programmed, but it didn't cost me anything since one of my soccer friends is a mechanic there. What they charge may vary...
Programming a key is in the manual and can be done yourself as long as you have at least 1 working key.
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Rxu, I believe I know what your flip keys look like, but would like to make sure I have the right one. Will wait for the photos you mentioned posting before I purchase the remotes.
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I bought aftermarket flip key style fob+key to replace the 2 piece oem ones (~$25 each?). I was able to get the fob programmed using a Dorman fob programmer ($50). Cutting the keys cost $8 a key. Will post pictures when i get the chance, but highly recommend going this route.
So, where did you get this flip key fob?

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Posted here before, I suspect that this is the thread he's talking about.

https://www.skyroadster.com/forums/f...rnative-92402/
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Seems like a nice idea, but I'd be real concerned with the chance, however remote, that it could snap off while in the ignition; plus it's huge.
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So, where did you get this flip key fob?
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Rxu, I believe I know what your flip keys look like, but would like to make sure I have the right one. Will wait for the photos you mentioned posting before I purchase the remotes.
Sorry for the delays. Here is the link to the item.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/USA-STYLE-F...EAAOSwylhbgu9w

Seller is very responsive, and they offer multiple styles. Just a heads up, this is a 3 button remote (no panic button), but works perfect for me. Very nice quality over all. I have a different flip key that I purchased from somewhere else that I can upload a photo of later, but that one is much clunkier.
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Rxu, thanks for the photo. I looked at the key and it does look very good. A lot like my VW flip key. At the website I discovered that putting in my Solstice Coupe model the answer came back that that key was NOT COMPATIBLE. It will however work on my SKY. They both could use another fob. Glad to know that you just can't purchase a flip key of any seller and expect it to work with the car you have in mind. For me, a bit of a concern is the supplier is in the Far East, so if there are any issues it might be difficult to resolve them. I'll have to see which way i go, but thanks for the photo and the website address.
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Key fob originally didn't support the Sky, the seller swapped out the microchip and posted it up as a separate listing. Maybe try shooting the seller a message and see if anything can be done to get a sol compatible model.
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Solstice and Sky use the same RCDLR. If it works for one it should work for the other.
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