a reply to: JourneymanWelder
There are other options than your local car dealership.
You can normally find an automotive locksmith, or a locksmith who can cut keys and program transponder chips, as well as programming the new key, for
MUCH less than a dealer is charging. Now, I personally, despite being a locksmith, have precisely no interest in cutting car keys, because the
equipment and software required to do it right is very expensive as an initial outlay, and I hate dealing with computers at the best of times, and the
less I have to interact with them to make my business function, the better for me in my experience. But my mentor, the man who taught me the trade, is
a wizard with electronics, and can quite happily create duplicates, reprogram an engine to take totally new key sets, and all that jazz. For a new
key, programmed to your car, he normally charges between £70 and £120, depending on the car. Some cars he cannot do, because the codes required to
program the cars have not been released by the manufacturers, but this is usually only relevant to very high end vehicles.
Way under dealership price in any case. Its the same here in Britain if you want the dealers to handle your car key problems. They will rip you off
badly, to the tune of hundreds of pounds for what really costs less than one hundred pounds to do, even with a decent mark up to permit business to be
in some way profitable for the person doing the work. The thing you have to remember with dealerships, is that you are paying for the warranty on the
work, and to keep the dealership open. With an automotive locksmith, yes you are paying them a certain amount to ensure business continuity, but it
costs way less money to run a small locksmithing outfit, be it one with a brick and mortar location, or a mobile service, than it does to run and
insure a premises containing a full workshop, mechanics, and a decent number of cars for sale which all have to be maintained, kept safe, secure and
Basically, if you go to the dealership, you are not just paying for the work, the parts and for the lights to be kept on in the shop. You are paying
for a whole bunch of overhead that is nothing to do with you, and that you should not be responsible as a customer for paying the bill on. The
dealerships should be paid well enough by head offices, to continue business without those crazy markups. It should cost the car companies money to
run those places, not the customer. But thats not how the industry is set up, so please, if you own a car, get your own, good mechanic, get in touch
with a good, local automotive locksmith, and save yourself huge, heaping piles of money. If you select good technicians, you can keep the running
costs of your vehicle a damned sight more manageable.
Also, if you can, avoid using car dealerships as your point of sale for new and used vehicles. All using them does, is promote their built to fail
models of doing business. From Ford to Volkswagen, from Toyota to Fiat, cars these days are built to break, made of flimsy materials and components
that WILL die many decades before they ought to. They are built from the ground up, to last far less time on the road than those which came from years
before them, and this practice is one of the most damaging things, economically and ecologically about the car marketplace as it stands today. I would
urge you all to purchase older cars, and run them till the wheels come off, and try never to purchase new, no matter how much marketing you are
exposed to. All you are doing if you use dealerships and get new cars, is promoting a business model that relies on customers getting screwed, the
planet and the economy being screwed, and is designed to line the pockets of people who have not worked for their money. I implore you, get older
cars, learn to maintain them, or get good technicians independent of dealers to do the work on them. Strangle the car manufacturers till they start
churning out cars that will last a century again, and start offering maintenance and parts replacement packages that actually benefit the consumer,
the economy and the environment again.
Thats a bit of a rant, sorry about that. Its just one of my pet peeves.