Originally Posted by penguin
"Do you think If I called another Ford Dealer, they might have a cheaper price?"
Wouldn't hurt to try. The $80 is at the hign end of the range I've heard. When I bought my Focus, the saleswoman explained very carefully about the keys and programming, recommending I buy a key ASAP for $20 as if I lost one it would cost $50 for the programming. Obviously she had some unhappy customers that lost keys in the past.
you can get the keys cut at selected places, but not everyone cuts these keys.
Once you get the new blank cut, you can still get it programmed at some (very few) locksmiths. They will need a special machine to program the new key, and the locksmiths are usually a lot cheaper than getting it programmed at a dealer.
Here's an example: (prices are Canadian)
I called a dealer and the said $45 for the blank key and 1 hour of labour to program it, which their rate was $110. A total of $155.
I called a locksmith and he said $45 for the blank, and $40 to program with the machine. I told him I had a blank already, so he said $5 to cut it and $40 to program with the machine. (I bought 2 blanks from eBay)