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Old 05-26-2013, 10:20 PM   #1
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First time posting, Need new key made!

Hi ya'll,

So my purse was stolen, along with my car keys, and it was the only copy I had from the original owner . For a 2007 Focus, does anyone know if I'd have to get it towed to the dealership in order to have a new key cut and programmed, or can I just give them my VIN and have them cut a new key??

Or, since the thief now has my keys and ID on him, would it rather be preferable to just get a whole new ignition...thingy(?) on there?

Yes, I know my terminology is base at most, but I'm not car-savvy at all and I just don't want to get taken for hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

Any advice is appreciated, thanks!

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Old 05-26-2013, 10:29 PM   #2
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Call Ford and get new Key/s. They'll need your VIN. They will also have to program the key/s.
Expect to pay about $150-$200.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:32 PM   #3
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so... to tow or not to tow... or just ask them??

I hate being lost :( This'll teach me to be more informed about car services...
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Have AAA by chance?
If so, use them and save $$.
If not, sign up, pay and use them. IIRC, the membership fee is less than the cost of a tow, or comparable.
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If the new keys are programmed though, wont it be the same code as what is in the old key? The person who has the keys and wallet also have an address, so unless the old key is disabled(or new key with new code to computer), the car could be taken?
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What are the odds of that though?

And on the other side of it, you'll then know who the thief is.
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Im just saying its possible. You never know with people these days.
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If the new keys are programmed though, wont it be the same code as what is in the old key? The person who has the keys and wallet also have an address, so unless the old key is disabled(or new key with new code to computer), the car could be taken?
No the car is programmed to the key. So if you get a new key, and have a second. they can program the car to accept ONLY the two keys you have.
So the old stolen key can open the door, truck and turn ignition, but it will not keep the car running. (I do not know if the car will start or even turn over without proper keyfob around?) I think you must have at least two keys with remotes. (most can accept more, so make certain they remove any others when programming.

If you get a whole new ignition set, so the door, trunk and ignition are new. It is rather expensive.

When my purse was stolen, I only changed the door locks. (and removed the stolen fob from computer when I got new key) That was real cheap to do. Taking the locks out and to a car locksmith they can swap around the pins. And make a metal plain key ($3) to only open door locks manually
Then your new keys can still open the doors with remote fob. but the old key cannot at all.
(though the old key can still open the trunk manually, though you can disable that too if you have the remote fob to open the trunk.)

So I took out the door locks myself, and it was only about $25. I also had a special no remote, key just for the doors, extra. In case. (that key I acttually stuck under the car body if I locked myself out .neat.
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Only cost me $60 to reprogram my current key, and make a second one.
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No the car is programmed to the key. So if you get a new key, and have a second. they can program the car to accept ONLY the two keys you have.
So the old stolen key can open the door, truck and turn ignition, but it will not keep the car running. (I do not know if the car will start or even turn over without proper keyfob around?) I think you must have at least two keys with remotes. (most can accept more, so make certain they remove any others when programming.

If you get a whole new ignition set, so the door, trunk and ignition are new. It is rather expensive.

When my purse was stolen, I only changed the door locks. (and removed the stolen fob from computer when I got new key) That was real cheap to do. Taking the locks out and to a car locksmith they can swap around the pins. And make a metal plain key ($3) to only open door locks manually
Then your new keys can still open the doors with remote fob. but the old key cannot at all.
(though the old key can still open the trunk manually, though you can disable that too if you have the remote fob to open the trunk.)

So I took out the door locks myself, and it was only about $25. I also had a special no remote, key just for the doors, extra. In case. (that key I acttually stuck under the car body if I locked myself out .neat.
Thanks for the clarification on that.
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