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Old 08-21-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
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5th Gen Camaro Key

Does anyone know where I can get one blank and unprogrammed? Dealer kept giving me the run around, I went to 2 in person and I told them I just want one to use for photography, they kept insisting that they needed a vin # and also a premium would be charged, I said why can't I just buy one, like any other blank key?

And they couldn't answer.

I called a few other dealers via phone, and they couldn't quote me a price or anything.

Does anyone know where I can get one? I'd prefer blank and unprogrammed, not working, how much are replacement keys?

One guy who was at the dealer with his wife (he was waiting in a 2010 mustang) was like why not get a camaro then? I said I can't afford one for another year or so until I am done with school, and have enough extra money aside for a down payment. He scuffed, so I was like why does your wife have a nice v8 camaro and you have a 6er stang, I laughed and walked away.

I have a rust bucket 69 camaro and a daily driver 05 colorado, so I am a chevy girl







I'd really appreciate it if anyone could help me out, its a want, not a need; I just really want a key so bad
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:03 PM   #2
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Did you get a number with your Camaro, it should be a letter and then 5 numbers with it? My dealer said to keep this code in a locked if you lose one of the remotes. The remotes cost $15 to have reprogramed.
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:04 PM   #3
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:41 PM   #4
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Did you get a number with your Camaro, it should be a letter and then 5 numbers with it? My dealer said to keep this code in a locked if you lose one of the remotes. The remotes cost $15 to have reprogramed.
She does not have a Camaro yet, she is just looking for the key only.

ok now try ebay or check other places like hardware stores some carry keys that look the same, otherwise just keep calling dealers around you area. I would check with my friend he works for a dealer I would let you know ok.
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:47 PM   #5
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My dealer told me the keys were lazed cut and cost $300 to replace so don't know if this is true or not. It seamed a little expensive to me but thought I would post it and see if that is true or false?
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:51 PM   #6
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My dealer told me the keys were lazed cut and cost $300 to replace so don't know if this is true or not. It seamed a little expensive to me but thought I would post it and see if that is true or false?
That's about right. There is a huge markup on keys like this because they need to be cut, from the factory not the dealer, and then the fob needs to be programmed. That's where the extra cost comes in. Still cheaper than a Mercedes key
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:52 PM   #7
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My dealer told me the keys were lazed cut and cost $300 to replace so don't know if this is true or not. It seamed a little expensive to me but thought I would post it and see if that is true or false?
mine told me the same.
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:26 PM   #8
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:40 PM   #9
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She does not have a Camaro yet, she is just looking for the key only.

ok now try ebay or check other places like hardware stores some carry keys that look the same, otherwise just keep calling dealers around you area. I would check with my friend he works for a dealer I would let you know ok.
obviously you have never seen a camaro key. Not going to be carried in ANY hardware store. It is a switchblade type key built into the keyless fob and yes it is laser cut. Very expensive. I suggest not losing them.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:25 PM   #10
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The keys are available cut or uncut and last I checked were under 75 bucks. Uncut being about $15 cheaper
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:27 PM   #11
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Yup, thats about how much my BMW key fob cost to replace
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:55 AM   #12
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Old 08-22-2009, 11:46 AM   #13
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I'm hoping that I can get just a key without the FOB part when I get my Camaro. I think I'm going to put on an aftermarket alarm and that will come with a FOB and should open the doors and trunk. I then hope to just get a key without the factory FOB so that I can put it with the alarm's FOB. Otherwise I would be carrying around two FOBs.
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:02 AM   #14
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Keys for 2010 Camaro

I am a locksmith, and have just ordered a new 2010 Cmaro myself. The locks are made by STRATTEC, and are called sidewinder locks, GM's latest in security type locks. They are also found on the new Equinox, and the Buick LaCrosse. The fobs you see on ebay, the keys have already been cut, and will be useless in your vehicle..You have to get a new key blank, have it cut and then placed in the fob and have it reprogrammed. The blanks SHOULD be available at a large locksmith shops soon, as far as I know they are not yet available to locksmiths, and not all locksmiths will be carrying them because it takes a special key cutting machine to cut them, and is VERY expensive. The dealers like it that way for obvious reason. Each key has a code, the code series for the Camaro and other systems is
Z0001-Z6000 and your camaro has a key code somewhere inbetween those two numbers, usually you will find this on your keyring(aluminum tab with number)when you purchase a new vehicle, sometimes its a little punch out piece. or the dealer can look up the code from your VIN#, , keep this number if you should ever loose your key or need to have one duplicated. I plan on getting a blank and have it cut to my code, and keep that key in my wallet. The key alone won't start your vehicle, but it will open the door, say if your keys are locked inside. Hope this helps everyone out...enjoy the ride!

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Old 10-17-2009, 12:43 PM   #15
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I plan on getting a blank and have it cut to my code, and keep that key in my wallet. The key alone won't start your vehicle, but it will open the door, say if your keys are locked inside.
I must say that is a great idea .
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:17 PM   #16
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I must say that is a great idea .
I thought Onstar could also unlock the vehicle?
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:23 PM   #17
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since we're talking keys....if you have to take the battery out to change it....will you have to re-program it?
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:19 PM   #18
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:53 PM   #19
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Seems like a pre-cut one like those on Ebay would make a more realisstc looking model for "photography" than a blank one. People would know the blank one was not a real key if they saw it in pictures.
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:07 AM   #20
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:29 AM   #21
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Inquiring (or nosey) minds want to know..................why are you photographing the Camaro key??

Maybe a local member can lend you one for a shoot, if you make a thread asking........ "Can anyone around (insert town here), lend me a key for the day".

I am sure if they are permitted to sit in on the shoot, you will have no problem getting a key!
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I am a locksmith, and have just ordered a new 2010 Cmaro myself. The locks are made by STRATTEC, and are called sidewinder locks, GM's latest in security type locks. They are also found on the new Equinox, and the Buick LaCrosse. The fobs you see on ebay, the keys have already been cut, and will be useless in your vehicle..You have to get a new key blank, have it cut and then placed in the fob and have it reprogrammed. The blanks SHOULD be available at a large locksmith shops soon, as far as I know they are not yet available to locksmiths, and not all locksmiths will be carrying them because it takes a special key cutting machine to cut them, and is VERY expensive. The dealers like it that way for obvious reason. Each key has a code, the code series for the Camaro and other systems is
Z0001-Z6000 and your camaro has a key code somewhere inbetween those two numbers, usually you will find this on your keyring(aluminum tab with number)when you purchase a new vehicle, sometimes its a little punch out piece. or the dealer can look up the code from your VIN#, , keep this number if you should ever loose your key or need to have one duplicated. I plan on getting a blank and have it cut to my code, and keep that key in my wallet. The key alone won't start your vehicle, but it will open the door, say if your keys are locked inside. Hope this helps everyone out...enjoy the ride!

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Thanks for the detailed explanation. Maybe this should be a "sticky" in the FAQ section.

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The Service Manager at my local dealership (also a family friend) told me that they're cheap like $60 a piece and some guy with a 2SS/RS with the GFX just lost both of his somehow and they were cheap to replace.

The reason you can't get one is because they are laser cut and shipped out and the dealer can't cut them so you'd have to get one precut.
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My dealer told me the keys were lazed cut and cost $300 to replace so don't know if this is true or not. It seamed a little expensive to me but thought I would post it and see if that is true or false?
Thats BS... I got a replacement key for my Camaro (2010 1SS) for $55 from my dealership.... Took about 5 days for the key to come in and 10 minutes for them to program it to my car...
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I must say that is a great idea .
Just as easy to call OnSTAR . . . but way cheaper.
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